Current, 2021-2022 Catalog 
    
    Sep 20, 2021  
Current, 2021-2022 Catalog

Admissions



The University of Maine at Fort Kent is an academic community that welcomes applications for admissions from qualified students who exhibit the characteristics deemed appropriate to ensure success in a rigorous academic environment. In evaluating a prospective student’s application for admission, the University considers a variety of factors and indicators. Acceptance results from a mutual determination by the University and the student that the educational experience, which UMFK provides, will offer the applicant the most appropriate opportunities for continued self-development and personal fulfillment.

Admission Requirements

General First Year Admissions Requirements: First-year candidates are required to graduate from an approved secondary school or complete the GED/HiSet equivalent. It is recommended that the high school record will include the following College Preparatory courses:

  • English: four (4) years,
  • Mathematics: three (3) years (Algebra I/II & Geometry),
  • Science with laboratory experience: two (2) years,
  • Social science: two (2) years,
  • Foreign language

First-year candidates for the Traditional Nursing program are required to have a 2.5 GPA and recommended to have completed the following College Preparatory courses with a grade of C, or better, in:

  • English: four (4) years,
  • Mathematics: three (3) years (Algebra I/II & Geometry),
  • Science with laboratory experience: two (2) years (Biology and Chemistry),
  • Social science: two (2) years,
  • Anatomy and Physiology or Physics,
  • Foreign language

Students not meeting the Traditional Nursing guidelines may be admitted to the Allied Health program. After successful completion of the first semester with a 2.5 GPA, students may request a transfer into the Nursing program.

Transfer

General Admissions Requirements:

Transfer candidates are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions at which they have attempted college level courses. 

If intending to apply for financial aid, transfer candidates are required to show proof of high school graduation by submitting an official secondary school transcript, or by submitting official GED scores.  Applicants with a previous degree are waived from this requirement.

Generally, transfer applicants must have left their previous institution(s) in good academic standing and have maintained a 1.75 cumulative grade point average, with the exception of applicants for the Traditional Nursing program, where students are required to have maintained at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Transfer Candidates to the Accelerated Nursing Program are required to hold an earned undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university or college with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.  Students with a 3.0-3.19 may request consideration from the nursing division.  Applicants are required to complete college/university courses in Anatomy and Physiology, including all systems, and Statistics with a minimum grade of C. Students are required to be enrolled full-time.

Transfer Candidates to the RN to BSN Program are required to hold an earned undergraduate Associate of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited college.  Applicants are required to hold a current, valid nursing license.    

Home-School Policy

The University of Maine at Fort Kent encourages education in all its forms and recognizes that students from varied academic backgrounds contribute to the diversity and academic richness of our campus.  Homeschooling is an important medium for many students, and UMFK welcomes applications from students who have been homeschooled.  The following describes our admission policy regarding homeschooled students.  To help guide homeschooled applicants in the admission process, the following is a list of points that will help you in your application and provide insight into UMFK’s homeschooled admissions practices:

  1. Homeschooled students must complete the standard application form used for all applicants.  If certain aspects of the form are not applicable to homeschoolers, then applicants are asked to leave such sections blank. 
  2. All applicants, including homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT test scores.*
  3. UMFK accepts parent transcripts or homeschooled agency transcripts.  If providing a homeschooled agency transcript, please provide literature that describes the home school agency (if available) or a short description of books/curricula used and covered.  The transcript can be traditionally grade-based or can consist of a competency-based description of learning/portfolio of academic work.  UMFK will also accept GED or HISET scores, but they are not required. 
  4. On your application, please indicate whether your homeschooled education was correspondence-based, parent/student designed, “unschooled,” or a combination of approaches.

*UMFK does not require standardized test scores in the admissions decision process.  Submitting such test scores is encouraged for consideration of merit-based scholarship.

Application Procedures

Traditional Freshman Graduation from high school was three (3) years or fewer years from the term you are applying) are required to submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Application form
  2. Official high school transcripts or GED/HiSet test results
  3. If applicable: Official Transcripts of Early College/dual enrollment credits

Encouraged:

  1. Personal Statement/Essay
  2. Letter of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor, or a high school teacher (only for applicants who currently are in high school)
  3. Official SAT or ACT scores, placement exam results, or appropriate testing waiver*

*UMFK does not use standardized test scores in the admission decision process; however, submission of test scores is strongly encouraged at the point of application. Junior year SAT/ACT test scores may be used. Test scores, in conjunction with GPA and class rank, also are used in determining eligibility for merit-based scholarships.

Non-Traditional Freshman (Graduation from high school was four (4) years or more from the term for which you are applying). Non-traditional freshmen are required to submit the following materials:

  1. Complete Application form
  2. Official high school transcripts or GED/HiSet test results
  3. If applicable: Official Transcripts of Early College/dual enrollment credits

Transfer Students (12 or more transferable credits taken at another post-secondary institution). Transfer students are required to submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Application form
  2. Official transcript from each prior college or postsecondary institution attended
  3. If applying for financial aid: Official high school transcripts or GED/HiSet test results

International Applicants (First Year):

  1. Completed Application form
  2. Credential Evaluation from a NACES or AICE approved member
  3. Proof of English proficiency

International Transfers from other Institutions (12 or more transferable credits taken at another post-secondary institution). International Transfer is required to submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Application form
  2. Credential Evaluation from a NACES or AICE approved member and/or official U.S. institution transcript(s)
  3. Proof of English proficiency

Financial Affidavit of Support (International Students)

The afidavit form (accessed here https://www.umfk.edu/admissions/international/ )is a statement of financial resources to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Once accurately completed, this document will enable the issuance of the I-20.  UMFK’s payment policy states that account balances need to be paid in full no later than the first day of classes unless a payment plan is made. Since international students are required to provide a statement of financial resources, students are expected to make payment arrangements at the beginning of each semester. Once on campus, if a sponsor fails to help pay the student’s bill, it is the student’s responsibility to immediately find another sponsor. Students who do not make payments on their account will not be allowed to register for the next semester and their I-20 may be revoked.

Immunization Law**

The State of Maine requires all students born after 1956 to furnish proof of immunization against measles, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. International applicants should forward proof of immunization as soon as possible after notification of admission to:

Student Affairs Office, University of Maine at Fort Kent, ME 04743 USA.

Health Insurance***

A health insurance policy is available for students enrolled in 9 or more credits.  Enrollment can be completed at https://www.gallagherstudent.com/UMS.

Residential (On-Campus) Policy for International Students

  • International Student Immigration/Visa Information
    All students from countries other than the United States are considered F-1 students by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • F-1 students, upon admission to UMFK, are issued an I-20.
  • The I-20 is the official travel and immigration document for students.
  • All I-20s are issued by the campus DSO’s (located within the Student Affairs office) and verified and maintained by Student Affairs. For more information, please reach out to the Student Affairs Office, 207-834-7587.

For more information on I-20 (Student Visa) and F1 status, please visit: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/

Online/Distance Education Programs

The University of Maine at Fort Kent offers several online programs via the web (See “Distance Education  ” section for Degree and Certificate options).  The admission requirements and application procedures outlined above are applicable for a student applying for an online program. Proof of health insurance is not required for students matriculated in online degree programs except in cases where a student physically attends classes or programs at the school facility or campus.

If a student is physically attending classes or programs at the school facility or campus, then a health insurance policy is available for students enrolled in 9 or more credits.  Enrollment can be completed at https://www.gallagherstudent.com/UMS.

Please note: A student who is enrolled in a distance education program offered by a school and who does not physically attend any classes or programs at a school facility, including a campus, center, or site of that school or any other school, is exempt from this requirement.

Readmission Applicants

Readmission applies to students who previously have attended UMFK and have sat out for two (2) or more consecutive semesters not including summer sessions. Students wishing to apply for readmission are required to submit an Adult/Transfer application. Transcripts are requested electronically from the Registrar’s Office. Eligibility for readmission is based on the overall academic performance the student had at UMFK, as well as any specific program requirements.

Students with a break in attendance for two semesters or more (not including summer terms) will lose their status as matriculated students at UMFK. Students losing matriculated status must re-apply for admission upon their return to UMFK and will be responsible for paying any required application fees. Upon re-admission, students will be subject to the catalog requirements in effect at the time of their return to UMFK. This policy will not affect students whose break in attendance is the result of military service.

Dual Degree

Associate Degree to Baccalaureate - A student who has been awarded an associate degree from UMFK may apply for admittance into a program leading to a bachelor’s degree.

  1. A student with no elapsed time since being awarded the Associate degree may submit a Change of Major form to the Registrar’s Office. The requirement term and advisor’s signature are required on the form. If the student is continuing into the BSN program, the Director of Nursing signature is required. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office or online.
  2. A student with one or more semesters (not including summer semesters) elapsed since being awarded the associate degree, must apply through the Admissions Office for admittance into the bachelor degree program.  A new requirement term will be assigned. Students may use the adult application form and submit the form to the Admissions Office. 

Additional UMFK Associates or additional UMFK Baccalaureate degrees - A student who has completed an associate or a bachelor’s degree from UMFK and wishes to pursue a second associate or bachelor’s degree is required to submit an application.  Transcripts are requested electronically from the Registrar’s Office. Eligibility for readmission is based on the overall academic performance the student has had at UMFK, as well as any specific program requirements. A minimum residency requirement must be met for each additional degree, 15 credit hours for an associate degree, and 30 credit hours for a baccalaureate degree.

Conditional Acceptance

At times students are admitted to the University of Maine at Fort Kent, but may not meet all admissions criteria. Although a student’s academic history may fall short of certain admissions requirements, the Admissions Office may determine that the student shows great potential to succeed at the university level. These students may be offered a ‘Conditional Admission’. All students who are considered for Conditional Admissions are reviewed by the Conditional Review Committee (CRC) that consists of the Director of Admissions, Dean of the program, and/or a faculty member.

Students admitted conditionally will be required to sign a personalized learning contract and are expected to adhere to the learning contract stipulations. Additionally, students admitted conditionally are placed on academic probation during their first semester. Pending a review of each student’s progress at the conclusion of their first semester by the Conditional Review Committee, a conditionally-admitted student could either be suspended or conditions removed.

To Obtain an UMFK Application

Application forms can be found at https://www.umfk.edu/admissions/apply/ 

A completed paper application for admission should be mailed to the Shared Processing Center, University of Maine System, P.O. Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412.  If submitting test scores, the applicant should request that the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board, the American College Testing Service (ACT) test results should be forwarded to the Shared Processing Center. The CEEB code number for the University of Maine at Fort Kent is 3393; the ACT code number is 1642.

Admission Decisions

Rolling Admission

Applications for most programs may be submitted on a rolling basis; however, those received before August 15 of the fall semester and January 10 of the spring semester for which you are applying, will be given priority consideration.  

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis as files are completed. Accepted candidates are encouraged to confirm (see Tuition/Housing Deposit) their intent to enroll within 30 days of the date of acceptance. Confirmation deposits received after 30 days will be honored on a space available basis.


Accelerated Nursing Deadlines

Applications for the Accelerated Nursing on the UMFK campus must be received by February 15.  Applications for the Accelerated Nursing on the UMPI campus must be received by July 15.


International Deadlines

Fall semester

First year international students must have a completed application by July 1st for fall semester.  First year international students must apply for an I-20 by July 15th for fall semester.  Transfer international students must have a completed application by August 1st for fall semester.  Transfer international students must apply for an I-20 by August 15th for fall semester.

Spring semester

First year international students must have a completed application by December 1st for spring semester.  First year international students must apply for an I-20 by December 15th for spring semester.  Transfer international students must have a completed application by December 15th for spring semester.  Transfer international students must apply for an I-20 by January 1st for spring semester.


Early Admission

Highly-qualified students in a college preparatory program may be considered for early admission to the University. Those students would begin their university studies following completion of their junior year. Such early admission will be granted only when the secondary school agrees that a college program would be of benefit to the student’s long range educational goals, and certifies that all university work will be accepted in completion of secondary school graduation requirements.


Confirmation Deposit and Checklist Items

Upon notice of acceptance, a $50.00 (US funds) tuition deposit is requested and should be sent to the Admissions Office within 30 days. The deposit is credited to the student’s account upon registration of classes and is refundable when a request for refund is made in writing to the Admissions Office prior to May 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester.  Completion of the medical history, immunization forms, and Residence Hall Questionnaire and Contract also are required as part of the confirmed student checklist.