ORONO (AP) – A record number of new first-year students has enrolled at the Orono campus of the University of Maine System.

The class of 2010 is made up of 1,950 students, which is a 7 percent increase over last year’s incoming class, and includes the largest number of both in- and out-of-state students.

“The quality and value of education here is being recognized in Maine and in New England,” says University of Maine President Robert Kennedy.

Total fall student population at Orono is estimated to be 11,528, about 1 percent higher than last year.

Seventy-seven percent will be full time. Twenty percent will be graduate students.

The Orono population will draw from 45 states and 47 countries.

The school opened its doors to incoming first-year students on Friday and begins classes on Tuesday.

Colby in Waterville held orientation and a special dinner on Tuesday for the Class of 2010. Sophomores, juniors and seniors return Monday.

Bowdoin formally opened in Brunswick on Wednesday. Bates in Lewiston resumes classes Thursday.

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