Maine public universities face mandate to get numbers up

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Maine’s public universities are fighting for every student they can get.

A shrinking pool of Maine high school graduates is forcing the universities to adopt new tactics and target more nontraditional students, primarily out-of-state students, transfer students and international students. But other states are facing the same problem and are increasing their recruitment efforts, too.

The result: Competition for would-be college students is at a fever pitch, officials say.

“It is more competitive; kids have a lot more choices,” said Tracey Moore, a college guidance counselor at Deering High School in Portland.

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