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Maine State Universities are as Good as Sold

Selling you on Maine state universities is easy. Not only do the schools boast numerous accomplishments, their students, alumni, faculty, and staff have exemplary backgrounds and rsums.

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The Princeton Review surveyed students from fall 2003 to summer 2004 to find out if they were content with their education. The quality of students each school attracted (as measured by admissions credentials) were also taken into consideration. Financial circumstances such as tuition, room and board, required fees, and financial aid offered to students also played a huge part in ranking their list of "best value" colleges.

So who won? Bates College (Lewiston, ME) was named number one best-buy college in "America's Best Value Colleges, 2006 Edition" (The Princeton Review, 2005).

Exceptional Students at Maine Universities
Maine state universities have produced many outstanding professionals. Colby College (Waterville, ME) graduate Chris Ries, for instance, was already cracking codes as a computer science major. With a focus on cyber security, Chris would spend long hours in the lab preparing for future technology attacks (on future networks, that is) as a senior.

"I started working with computers and computer networks when I was very young," explains the 23-year-old. "As I got older, I started to bring this area of interest into my academic life." Chris also minored in math, a critical skill for cracking codes. His other cyber accomplishments include working at the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, a nonprofit organization with close ties to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When he wasn't protecting computer networks, you could find Chris guarding goals and intercepting pucks on the ice as Colby's varsity ice hockey starting goalie. Universities in Maine have opened up many opportunities such as those Chris benefited from - on the career home front and in sports achievement - for its students.

Impressive Staff at Maine Colleges and Universities
Maine state universities employ the most impressive staff. Some are so impressive that they've gone on to write books helping students with their expertise. Take college advisors Anne St. Pierre and Danielle Printz, for instance. St. Pierre is the director of project services, while Printz works an educational counselor for the Maine Educational Talent Search Program at the University of Maine.

The two educational gurus wrote "The Simple Guide to College Admission & Financial Aid," a unique handbook to guide students and parents step-by-step through the college admission and financial aid processes.

St. Pierre and Printz understand how intimidating the college process can be so they devised a book that contains a lot of information that college-bound students and their families might not be aware of such as how to save money on application fees, how to successfully complete financial aid forms, how to maximize college financial aid awards, and how to find the right scholarships.

Impressed by Maine universities? Take that curiosity for attending a school that cares about you so much that they go above and beyond to help. Remember, to make the most out of your college experience and take advantage of the services and experienced staff your school offers.

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