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USM's 34 percent increase in enrollment deposits highlighted in Portland Press Herald

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A 34 percent increase in enrollment deposits by new students — saving their places among incoming freshmen in the fall — was highlighted in the Portland Press Herald.

The piece was written by reporter Noel Gallagher.

First-year student deposits at USM increased from 563 students a year ago to 756 this spring, and the combined first-year and transfer deposits increased 20 percent from 948 students to 1,134, Gallagher wrote.

She interviewed Nancy Davis Griffin, USM's vice president for enrollment management and student affairs.

New strategies to recruit students include enhanced financial aid packages, outreach to all college counselors in Maine and accelerated undergraduate programs that lead to graduate programs and the University of Maine School of Law, wrote Gallagher.

"There is a lot more work to do before we open for the fall semester, but we are thrilled with where we are right now," Griffin said.

Read the fully story here.