Congratulations about UMFK. I am just finishing up the accelerated program there. My experience has been alot like Freedom's experience at USM. My experience in the program here is that you are responsible for teaching yourself because they cover huge amounts of information in a short period of time and it is impossible for them to cover it all thoroughly in a semester. If you are unmotivated or want to do the minimal you will have a rough time. Doesn't sound like that is the case with you. They also have an instructor issue. New, unexperienced teachers, although it looks like things may be a little more stable when and if you get here.
A major drawback in my opinion is the length of the program here. I will have been here 2 1/2 years when I'm done! How accelerated is that?! I think they have tightened things up a bit for new students, maybe 2 years? USM being 15 months is a major draw if you ask me. We also have Hesi exams which are brutal but really nobody fails NCLEX if they get through Hesis.
The clinical experience is lacking due to lack of patients! Did a peds rotation at TAMC and there were no Peds! But it sounds like USM has clinical issues as well.
One more thing about Ft Kent, rents are cheap and there is absolutely NOTHING to do here so there are no temptations to avoid school work. (I'm from Portland)
All in all, it's been an interesting ride to say the least, nursing school has been the most challenging thing I've ever done but I've enjoyed parts of it for sure. Best of luck to you. Hope you get accepted at USM.