The University of Maine has been through four years of a student recruitment program called Flagship Match. It was developed to target students from states that have flagships with exceptionally competitive admissions. Qualified students come from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. They pay the same tuition and fees to attend the University of Maine as they would pay to enroll at the flagship campus in their home state.
Has Flagship Match been successful on the main campus at the University of Maine from an admissions perspective?
My impressions based on this information:
The State of Maine had 284,000 residents ages 19 and under in 2018, according to state government data. By 2028 this age group is expected to decline to drop to 250,000. If your state is losing students, but wants to support a state university, the university administration must get those students from elsewhere. The community college relations, marketing and advising issues are fixable
Should non-residents who come from the targeted states consider the University of Maine?
If the dream school is the flagship university in your home state and you do not get in, the University of Maine becomes a viable alternative. If you want a shot at an honors college, it’s easier to earn it at the University of Maine than it would be at the flagship in any Flagship Match state.
It’s nice to get a discount like Flagship Match. But suppose you need more money? If you qualify for a grant to help defray costs at a state school in your home state, it will be less expensive to stay home. New Jersey, my home state, has one of the more generous tuition aid programs to help in-state students stay home.
On paper, the University of Maine offers many things that parents like.
With fewer than 8,000 full-time undergraduates, it’s the smallest flagship state university in the country. I’ve been to regional public colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that have more students. If someone wants have a small-school alternative to Michigan State, Rutgers, Penn State, or a big regional public college, it is a sensible option.
The selection of academic programs is impressive. There is a student-faculty ratio of 16 to 1, very low for a flagship. Teachers are more likely to be full-time in a more isolated college town like Orono, Maine. There’s over 9,000 Black Bears in the Boston area registered in LinkedIn.com, a sizable number to organize for networking events or a hockey watch party. The University of Maine also has a Flagship Careers Internship Program to enhance the student experience beyond the classroom.
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