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University of Maine at Fort Kent named ‘Best in the Northeast’ by The Princeton Review for 15th year

Community Author: Kerri Watson-Blaisdell
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FORT KENT — The University of Maine at Fort Kent has  been named a “Best in the Northeast” college by The Princeton Review.

For the past 15 years, UMFK has been repeatedly selected as one of 224 outstanding colleges and universities that The Princeton Review recommends to college applicants in its 2020 print and online editions. The Northeastern Region covers eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

The Princeton Review chooses its “best colleges” based upon institutional data it collects from hundreds of schools in each region, from its visits to schools, and from the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers whose recommendations the group solicits. Universities are selected primarily for their excellent academics. The Princeton Review’s collective “regional best” lists for 2020 constitute about 22 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.

“Being listed as one of the Best in the Northeast by The Princeton Review is very important to us,” said interim UMFK President Tex Boggs. “The quality of our academic programs, in conjunction with the survey responses from our students are part of how we measure our success. We are proud to be one of only two University of Maine System campuses on the list again this year.”

The Princeton Review takes into account what students report to them about their campus experiences in an 80-question survey. The survey asks students to rate their school’s quality in a wide range of categories, from the accessibility of professors to the quality of the campus life.

“We chose UMFK and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief.

He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits.

“We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” he said.

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company, headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc.