The University of Maine has completed the second year of a student recruitment program called Flagship Match. Developed to increase interest, applications and enrollment from the neighboring New England states, among others that have flagships with exceptionally competitive admissions, Flagship Match has achieved some successes in attracting new freshmen.
Admitted applicants from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont may pay the same tuition and fees to attend the University of Maine this fall as they would pay to enroll at the flagship campus in their home state, if they qualify for Tier One status under Flagship Match. Students who are accepted early in the admissions cycle are allowed to provide updated academic information for scholarship increase consideration until March 1, according to the university. Accepted student who do not meet Tier One criteria but are still admitted, quality for a smaller award of $9,000.
Has Flagship Match been successful on the main campus at the University of Maine from an admissions perspective?
Has Flagship Match helped to attract better students to the University of Maine?
Flagship Match and its companion efforts towards internships and student engagement are good ideas, especially to attract more students from Connecticut and Massachusetts, the more populous New England states, and compete with the flagships in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to get them. The University of Maine’s alumni base in the Boston area as well as in Maine is large enough to help a committed New Englander, or a willing transplant from California, Illinois, or New Jersey, to move on to life after college.
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