Closing of Massachusetts school brings students to Maine to complete degrees
The University of Maine at Augusta has accepted five students from the recently closed Mt Ida College allowing them to complete their educations. The Newton, Massachusetts institution closed its doors on May 17, 2018 entering into an agreement with UMass Amherst to purchase its campus.
While some students had an option to transfer to UMass Dartmouth as part of that agreement, Mt Ida also entered into transfer agreements with other higher education institutions that offered matching academic programs. Through this process, UMA has accepted four Mt Ida College students into the Veterinary Technology program and one into Dental Hygiene.
“We are pleased these students chose UMA to complete their educations,” said UMA President Rebecca Wyke. “While this is an unusual situation, it is in keeping with our mission to provide access to higher education and encourage degree completion. We were able to keep these students on track to complete their degrees in four years by accepting all earned credit from Mt Ida,” continued Wyke.
The former Mt Ida students, who are sophomores and juniors, will begin their studies at UMA this fall semester.
“The UMA staff made this transition so much easier, allowing me to continue doing what I love,” said Sophia Broulidakis, a junior Vet Tech student from Manchester, NH. “The closing of Mt Ida was very difficult for me and my classmates,” she continued. “But the UMA staff worked with me for months to ensure that my schedule would fit my needs, as well as coming up with a plan for me to make sure I graduated on time.”
“I knew I needed to come back home to Maine to regroup and view all my options,” said Faith Krause, a sophomore Dental Hygiene student from Somerville, Maine. “I was very happy when I found out I was accepted into the dental hygiene program at UMA. Mount Ida closing was devastating to me at first, yet it was a good life lesson,” she continued. “When things don’t go the way you planned, stay focused, and look at the big picture, and the steps needed to achieve your goals. I’m beyond excited to start my next chapter at the University of Maine at Augusta!”
UMA transformation of the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs. For more information visit UMA.edu.
This article was corrected on 8/13/18; the agreement to purchase Mt Ida College was with UMass Amherst. The automatic transfer for Mt Ida students was with UMass Dartmouth.