RUMFORD — Today’s students are constantly plugged into technology and have come to expect instant information and instant gratification. University of Maine at Farmington admission counselors understand this need in future students. To that end, Jamie Marcus, director of admissions, and four counselors interviewed Mountain Valley High School students and gave them on-the-spot decisions.
According to Jim Ippolito, MVHS guidance counselor, “Both [University of Maine at] Farmington and Orono are trying to recruit local students in hopes they will be more successful. The Farmington admission people set up in our conference room, met with each student for about 30 minutes and made an immediate decision. At the end of the day, 19 seniors were accepted.”
For Devarae Gurney, acceptance was a dream come true. “I do plan to go there. I applied as undecided. I’m not sure as to what I want to do and I don’t like being far away from home. I also know a lot of people who live on campus and are planning to attend there next year.”
For some students, being close to home is not a selling point. They want to spread their wings and be independent. But other factors enter their decision.
“I had already gotten a letter before the meeting,” said Nicole Burgess. “UMF is one of the many schools that I applied to, but it’s the only school I applied to for secondary education. I’m interested in the field hockey program but I’m not sure I want to attend a college so close to home.”
Early admission takes some of the stress of senior year off students who know they want to go to a particular school. It also saves money in application fees. Most students apply to four or five schools. With early acceptance, they can put that money toward paying for the school of their choice.
“As far as UMF goes, I was going to apply there and to a few other places but when I got the opportunity to find out if I was accepted immediately, I decided to pause the other applications until I knew for sure,” said Mariah Haggan. “I got accepted and, since it was my top school, that’s where I’m going to go.”
For some students, early admission provides a safety net in case they are not accepted at another school. It also gives them a dose of reality that a major life decision is on the near horizon.
Jon Petrie is one of the students still making his decision. “I’m in the process of choosing what school because I’m debating on either a pre-professional program or a secondary education path. I got accepted as a history major at UMF.”
“I really like UMF, I’m not set on it, but that’s were I would like to go,” Andrew Phelps said. “I want to be an English teacher so I am taking their secondary education program.”
Finally, Sarah Soubble has narrowed the choice. “It’s one of the schools that I’m considering going to. It’s either UMF or UNE [University of New England]. I would like to major in biology to pursue a degree to become a veterinarian.”
Not all MVHS students received the answer they were hoping for.
Peyton Provencher said, “They did have to turn me down because I did not meet the class requirements in order to be accepted. I had not taken neither Algebra 2 nor Core 4, which made me ineligible. I was upset that I hadn’t realized beforehand that I needed one of the two classes to be accepted to almost any college.”
But Provencher did not take the initial “no” for a final answer. After some emotion and a heart-to-heart talk with her homeroom teacher, Provencher took action.
She decided to take an on-line Algebra 2 class through Plato Online Learning Solution. “After signing up for the Plato class, UMF was more than happy to accept me into their early elementary education program,” Provencher said with a smile.
UMF granted acceptance to the following MVHS seniors: Katlyn Burgess (education), Nicole Burgess (mathematics), Jessica Carter (early childhood education), Garrett Carver (bio chemistry), Morgan Duguay (rehabilitation), Makenzie Gallant (community health), Adriana Gorham (marketing), Devarae Gurney (undecided), Mariah Haggan (English), Renee Knox (psychology), Jon Petrie (history), Jeremy Pettegrow (math/engineering), Andrew Phelps (secondary education/engineering), Peyton Provencher (elementary education), Sarah Soubble (pre-veterinarian), Jacob Theriault (mechanical engineering), Alexandria Thomas (biology), Christa Vattes (undecided) and Kyle Weston (computer engineering).