FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington has been recognized within its classification of regional colleges in the north as a top public college for 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

Annually, U.S. News and World Report compiles rankings of colleges across the country to help students and families find the best academic quality, fit and value.

“It’s always exciting and affirming to receive national accolades such as these from the U.S. News,” UMF President Kathryn A. Foster said in a press release. “But more importantly they help inform college-bound students and their families of UMF’s excellence and educational value for what is one of the most important decisions they’ll make as young adults.”

Within its classification of regional colleges, which totaled 334 institutions, UMF was ranked No. 4 in the “top public” category, No. 5 in the “best value” category and No. 7 in the “best regional college in the north” overall category.

UMF’s classification of regional colleges in the north includes schools that focus on undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of liberal arts programs, according to Tuesday’s press release.

The northern region includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.


This is the 19th consecutive year that UMF has been recognized as among the top best colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report also ranked UMF third in its region in the “best schools for veterans” category. This category was created to provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which schools offer benefits that can help them make obtaining a college education more affordable, the release states.

UMF was also recognized for the fourth year in a row in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings. These rankings consist of a list of schools that charge students a reasonable price for a quality education. The publication also named UMF as a top contributor for the public good, the release stated.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate

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