The University of Maine at Fort Kent was just recognized as “A Best Northeastern College” by the Princeton Review two weeks ago; and now it’s being recognized again by another national higher education ranking: it’s been selected as a College of Distinction for the new academic school year.
UMFK President Wilson Hess said, “One of the things that this means for UMFK is that our colleagues in higher education and guidance counselors who are the nominators for this process hold us in high esteem.”
According to the College of Distinction website; the criteria that makes a place of higher education one of distinction is based on 4 factors: student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities, and demonstrated successful student outcomes. UMFK is one of only 200 colleges and universities from across the country to be included in the distinguished listing, and only 35 of those are from the New England region.
UMFK President Wilson Hess said, “This is the only college of distinction recognized in Aroostook County, the only one recognized north of the Bangor area.”
And it isn’t the first time; this is the third consecutive year that UMFK has received the College of Distinction Honor.
UMFK President Wilson Hess said, “The student success piece is something we’re especially proud of, our students graduate with some of the lowest debt in the country, and we have some of the highest licensure rates for programs like our nursing program.”
The small classroom sizes, hands-on-learning approach, and excellent placement record for employment are all hallmarks at UMFK that are being recognized on the national scale.
Three other instutitons were also recognized in the state: Unity College, the University of Maine at Farmington, and the University of Maine at Machias.