Remember the “Flutie Effect”? That’s the claim that Boston College applications increased as a result of Doug Flutie’s last-second Hail Mary pass that won a football game against the defending champs from the University of Miami. Now we may be seeing the opposite—let’s call it the Scandal Side Effect—where a school’s bad publicity can drive applicants away.
Students from six nearby states can now attend the University of Maine at the same in-state tuition rate offered by the flagship institutions in their home states.
The university launched its Flagship Match program this spring to boost not just its enrollment, but also prestige.