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UMM Named to Colleges of Distinction List

Added on: August 02, 2012

Maine Colleges of DistinctionMACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has been named a 2012–13 College of Distinction for providing students with the highest level of undergraduate education. UMM joins just three other schools in Maine to be honored with this recognition.

Unlike traditional rankings-based college guidebooks, Colleges of Distinction is an online guide that recognizes and appeals to students’ unique and varied interests. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals, the guide honors colleges excelling in key areas of educational quality.

“Schools selected as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction.

In order to qualify as a College of Distinction, UMM was required to demonstrate excellence in the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. The goal of Colleges of Distinctions is to provide students, counselors, and parents with information about colleges and universities that excel in these four areas. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education, and have a truly national reputation.

“Being recognized by Colleges of Distinction is a great honor that highlights UMM’s unique approach to education through the Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum,” said Michael Mattison, dean of enrollment management. “Our inclusion in the guide is a testament to the quality of our academic programs and the success of our graduates.”

Offering dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools, includes tips from high school guidance counselors and essays from college students, presidents, and other members of campus communities.

Read UMM’s Colleges of Distinction profile at


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