STATE WIDE - Public Universities in Maine have seen a drop in enrollment over the past 5 years, but now they are trying to turn it around.
For Jason Myers, moving from Connecticut to the Pine Tree State to attend the University of Maine was an easy decision, "Part of it was just a sense of welcoming". Jason is just one of many out of state students attending a Maine college. They're as plentiful and as heavily recruited as ever.
"We recently went to Chicago and recruited there, had a great visit there at a national college fair," says, Debra Daeris with University of Southern Maine. The University of Maine has also been traveling, "Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and even New York," says Jimmy Jung of UMaine.
There is a reason for all of this out of state recruiting. Jung says UMaine has seen a drop in enrollment between 2008 and 2012, nearly 8 percent. The University of Southern Maine has also seen a drop in enrollment. Schools believe part of the problem is that traditional high school aged students are decreasing in numbers.
Students on UMaine Orono can tell there are more students around the country attending school at the flagship campus. "I see California license plates, I see Ohio, everything, and I've also met a lot of people who are from across the country," says Sophomore Jordan Endre. "Honestly, I think they see a community here and I think its a place that feels like home," says Senior William Smith.
For UMaine Orono, the new method of recruitment is working. "In 2013 and 2014, we have growth in both our instate and out of state populations," says Jung.
At the University of Southern Maine, prospective students can also expect to see more scholarship money come their way. "They automatically get these scholarships in their acceptance letter if they qualify," says Daeris.
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!