University Of Maine - Fort Kent

We are a small campus at the top of Maine on the Canadian border and if you love fishing, hunting, winter sports, kayaking and biking, this is the place to be. Each winter, the town of Fort Kent hosts the annual CanAm Crown Sled Dog race, a qualifier for the Iditarod. Our community was also the proud host site of the 2004 Biathlon World Cup, an event combining Nordic skiing and marksmanship. We are situated where the Fish River meets the St. John, and the Allagash Wilderness is a thirty minute drive from campus along the beautiful St. John Valley. Both Alpine skiing and 22 miles of Nordic Skiing trails are right here. There is no better place to study and enjoy the outdoors. I can tell you it's a great place to work!

The University recently marked its 125th birthday (we were founded as the Madawaska Training School in 1878). We have two great new facilities, a new residence hall with suite style accommodations for 150 students, and a new building to house the Acadian Archives, part of our mission to preserve regional and cultural history.

Academic programs are structured in four divisions, Nursing, Ed... [ Read All ]

Fort Kent

United States

23 University Drive
Maine 04743
Phone: 207-834-7500

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Our Aims

The University of Maine at Fort Kent is a liberal arts based university offering quality baccalaureate and associate degree programs responding to the needs of northern Maine. The UMFK academic experience provides close interaction with faculty, small classes and the use of leading technology to prepare students for lifelong learning and success as professionals and engaged citizens of a democracy.
Our curriculum emphasizes the special challenges of rural communities in America. The university preserves and fosters an appreciation of the Acadian and Franco-American heritage and culture while welcoming students of all ethnic and racial heritages. We celebrate our proximity to the wonder of Maine's wilderness and the joys of outdoor sports. UMFK contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of the St. John Valley and we believe that a diverse student body enriches the learning experience of all. In addition, the University of Maine at Fort Kent joins the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine at Presque Isle working in a consortium with the goal of maximizing efficiencies of operation while enhanci...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

Fort Kent is a scenic 3 1/2 hour drive north of Bangor, Maine, via Interstate 95. Take exit 264 (Sherman Mills) and Route 11 North. This road winds through approximately 100 miles of woodland with beautiful lakes, rivers and abundant wildlife to Fort Kent. An alternate route follows I-95 to the Houlton exit then U.S. Route 1 north to Caribou and Route 161 north to Fort Kent.

From Canada, follow the Trans Canadian Highway 2 to Edmundston, New Brunswick. Take NB 120 and 205 to Clair and cross the International Bridge to Fort Kent.

Daily scheduled flights are available through carriers serving the North Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle, Maine, and the Regional Airport in St. Leonard, New Brunswick. Commercial bus service is available to and from Caribou, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The art minor provides a basis for understanding and appreciating the variety and significance of art as a human activity in history, in one's own culture and in one's life. It consists of a combination of courses in the history of art and in the practice of art.  

Information For  Postgraduates

The Honors Program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is designed to challenge the student with an intensive and rigorous course of study, whose goal is to enhance research skills. The Honors Program is intended to complement existing academic programs. It was approved in 1978 as part of the baccalaureate curriculum.  

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Student Life

UMFK compliments your academic schedule with a variety of opportunities to develop a well-rounded student experience.
Participate in several different activities offered throughout the year.

Club activities range from wielding an ax with the Timber Sports Team, to discussing spirituality with the Newman Club.

Take a break from exercising your mind and work out your body at our SportsCenter.

Meet old and new friends at the Bengal's Lair.
Our local community offers Maine Winter Sports Center, trails, parks and other outdoor activities.
Student Life strives to foster and enhance the academic and social development of all students in a safe, supportive and intellectually stimulating campus environment.  


The University of Maine at Fort Kent has two co-educational residence halls, Crocker Hall and a new suite-style residence hall called "The Lodge", with a combined capacity of approximately 230 students. The Director of Student Services administers supervision of the halls.  

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