ORONO — College decision time is just around the corner, but the University of Maine System is already seeing many students accept their offers.
Students admitted to UMaine have been responding quickly to enrollment opportunities this year.
“We’re high quality. We’re affordable as a system and our individual universities,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of UMaine and UMaine at Machias. “At the same time, offer a very wide range of interesting programs and areas that will prepare students to be ready right away for jobs.”
Lisa Ellrich, the director of admissions at UMaine at Farmington, said perceptive students could tour the campus virtually last spring and throughout the summer, but once everyone was settled in on campus again, they put together a system for students to visit in person.
“One family at a time, a limited number of visitors. We make sure nobody overlaps,” Ellrich said. “We were following, exceeding the Maine CDC guidelines as far as who could visit our campus.”
Ferrini-Mundy said the majority of the university’s acceptance letters and financial aid packages went out before Thanksgiving.
“I know across the system, enrollment managers have been working hard to make sure that students know that we’re here. We’re ready,” Ferrini-Mundy said.
Ellrich said applications are still coming in.
“We’re seeing students from, I think across the system 48 states,” Ellrich said. “48 of the 50 states, we’ve seen applications and a wide variety of other countries as well.”
They’re reminding students that the deadline to begin at the university this fall is quickly approaching.
“May 1 is sort of a benchmark in several ways traditionally for getting students their priority housing, getting them registered for their courses for fall, those types of things,” Ellrich said.
They both said they’re optimistic about future enrollment numbers.