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University of Maine at Fort Kent
"The University of Maine at Fort Kent is Maine's premier rural public university, educating...

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine

Nestled in an international crossroads of Maine, Quebec, and New Brunswick, the University of Maine at Fort Kent is a unique learning institution. Its location makes it a perfect place for people who seek both a rural scholastic atmosphere and an eclectic mix of rugged outdoor vistas, world class sports opportunities, and access to cities across two countries. UMFK’s learning programs emphasize nursing, environmental stewardship, and public safety training. UMFK brings 21st-century skills and leadership to people throughout Maine, the United States, and from across international boundaries.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,327 undergraduate students
44% of undergrad students are full time
31% male — 69% female
4% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
32 full-time faculty
52 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

UMFK offers three residential options for students to choose from in living on campus. Crocker Hall and Powell Hall are traditional co-ed residence halls which offer the chance to live and learn in an environment where students have the ability to have as much or as little interaction as they choose.

The Lodge is a suite style residence which offers the students more of an apartment atmosphere. Students in this building use their common areas for interaction and study. Students in this residence generally use the lounge and lobby for interaction with others living in the building.

School Location

Fort Kent, Maine

Retention Fall 2014

64% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

47% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 3%
White 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 21%


(Athletic Division) USCAA
5 varsity sports: Men’s & Women’s Soccer; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Women’s Volleyball; many Club and Intramural opportunities.  

Mascot: Bengal
Colors: Green and Gold

Other Information

The University of Maine at Fort Kent is a 4-year, liberal arts & professional university. It was founded in 1878 as the Madawaska Training School.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Allied Health – concentrations in Healthcare Technician and Healthcare Information Technology, Applied Forest Management – concentrations in Wildland Fire Fighting and Forest Management, Arts & Sciences, Behavioral Science/Human Services, Biology – concentrations in Bio-medical Science, Botany, Ecology and Zoology, Business Management – concentrations in Accounting, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Services, Healthcare Administration, Human Resources and Sports Management Representation, Computer Applications – concentrations in Business, Geographic Information Systems, Information Security and Web Development, Computer Science, Conservation Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Education (Secondary and Elementary), Emergency Management/Homeland Security, English, Environmental Studies – concentrations in Field Studies: Ecology of Land and Water, Game Warden/Park Ranger, Sustainability and Wildlife, French, General Studies, Information Security, Nursing, Public Safety Administration and Social Science.

More Distinctions

  • (2014 & 2015) Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs

Experiential Learning

Both inside and outside the classroom, UMFK offers students many opportunities to be involved with diverse ideas, people, and experiences. The University emphasizes experiential learning, encouraging students not just to read about facts and ideas, but rather to engage and get out into the real-world.

Campus Diversity

UMFK is committed to celebrating and embracing diversity on its campus and in the community. Students experience the sights and sounds of diverse cultures through many events. They are also able to taste foods from all across the world.

Study Abroad

Studying in another country for a semester, summer, or full year is an amazing opportunity. UMFK offers many exciting study abroad options through direct exchange programs and external study abroad organizations.

Ensured Excellence

The UMFK academic experience provides its students close interaction with faculty. Small classes equipped with leading technology prepare students for lifelong learning and success. UMFK’s curriculum emphasizes the special challenges of rural communities in America. UMFK is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Its business, education, forestry, and nursing programs also hold professional accreditation.

Acadian Archives

As part of the overall educational experience, the University preserves and fosters an appreciation of the local Acadian and Franco-American heritage through its popular Acadian Archives. Additionally, the campus’ Center for Rural Sustainable Development guides local sustainability efforts by making efforts to safeguard and follow the philosophies of the surrounding heritages

the little town that could

UMFK is located in the heart of Fort Kent, where the Fish River meets the St. John River. The thriving community hosts the annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog race, a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska. The Fort Kent community was proud to host the 2004 Biathlon World Cup, an event that combines Nordic skiing and rifle marksmanship. Its success in hosting more than 18,000 spectators from around the world gave it the chance to host a second World Cup event in February 2011, fulfilling its reputation as “the little town that could.”

Thriving Cultural Center

UMFK sits on the border between the U.S. and Canada, sitting a thirty-minute’s drive away from the famed Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Fort Kent offers 23 miles of Nordic ski trails and more than 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Each summer, the Town of Fort Kent and the greater St. John Valley offer a wide variety of sporting, cultural, and music events.

The UMFK Mission

The goal of a baccalaureate education at UMFK is to help students develop an awareness and understanding of the achievements of foreign civilizations; an ability to integrate ethical decision-making into professional, social, and environmental contexts; and a reasoned appreciation for different points of view and values-systems. To instill this pursuit of knowledge, the faculty members ensure that students learn efficient methods of communication, logic, and analysis.

Learning Outside the Classroom

At UMFK, learning is done as much outside the classroom as within it. Throughout a student’s studies, he or she will engage in many real-life experiences that provide opportunities for a lifetime. Experiential learning takes the form of internships, field trips, undergraduate research, study abroad, community work, civic engagement, simulations, capstones, immersion, clinical education, and much more.

Scholars' Symposium

To accentuate a student’s learning experience, UMFK conducts an annual Scholar’s’ Symposium. The day-long event, held each spring, fosters a community of engaged educators, researchers, and lifelong learners who value intellectual curiosity. The Scholars’ Symposium offers stimulating presentations and discourse focused on issues that are relevant to both the region and to the institution’s mission.


Admissions Fall 2014

449 Total Applicants
335 Total Admissions
136 Total Freshmen Enrollment

74.61% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 410 490
SAT Math 400 500
SAT Writing 375 465
ACT Composite 16 19
ACT Math 18 19
ACT English 16 20


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,600 $9,900
Fees $975 $975
Total $7,575 $10,875
Room and Board (on campus) $7,720 $7,720
Room Only $4,150 $4,150
Board Only $3,570 $3,570
Estimated Total On Campus $15,295 $18,595


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
71% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$6,050 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,194 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Scholarship Information

Bengal Academic scholarships are available to all students who apply for admission. Eligibility is based on a student’s high school or college cumulative GPA, class rank, and/or SAT/ACT test scores. Awards are made for those scholarships at the time of admission. A full listing of scholarships may be found on UMFK’s website,

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