2022 Best Colleges in Maine

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Colby College

#32 MAINE

Colby College is a small private liberal arts college located in Waterville, ME ranked 32nd in the United States. It has a total of 2,150 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.67% acceptance rate. Colby College offers 45 different majors and is best known for its Latin American Studies, Global Studies, and Physiological Psychology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,870 per year, Colby College is exceptionally expensive. 89.63% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home about $58,100 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Waterville, ME

www.colby.edu

A+

Rating

10%

Acceptance

2,150

Students

#32

Ranking

$54,870

Tuition

Bowdoin College is a small private liberal arts college located in Brunswick, ME ranked 34th in the US. It has a total of 1,969 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.05% acceptance rate. Bowdoin College offers 44 different majors and is best known for its African Studies, Asian Studies, and French Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,822 per year, Bowdoin College is very expensive. 91.8% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home more or less $65,500 per year, which is 58% above the national median.

Brunswick, ME

https://www.bowdoin.edu/

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

1,969

Students

#34

Ranking

$55,822

Tuition

Bates College

#53 MAINE

Bates College is a small private liberal arts college located in Lewiston, ME ranked 53rd in the United States. It has a total of 1,964 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.14% of applicants. Bates College offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Classical and Ancient Studies, Chinese Language and Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,683 per year, Bates College is extremely high-priced. 90.71% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $59,200 per year, which is 43% above the national median.

Lewiston, ME

www.bates.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

1,964

Students

#53

Ranking

$55,683

Tuition

Maine Maritime Academy is a small public college located in Castine, ME ranked 221st in the nation. It has a total of 988 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.32% of applicants. Maine Maritime Academy offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, International Business, and Engineering Technologies programs (nationally ranked 12th, 20th, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,764 for students from Maine and $24,792 for those from out-of-state, Maine Maritime Academy is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.37% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home about $95,600 per year, which is 130% above the national median.

Castine, ME

https://mainemaritime.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

1,007

Students

#221

Ranking

$24,792

Tuition

College of the Atlantic is a very small private liberal arts college located in Bar Harbor, ME ranked 5th in Maine. It has a total of 381 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 72.06% acceptance rate. College of the Atlantic offers 2 different majors. With an annual tuition of $42,993 per year, College of the Atlantic is quite high-priced. 43.05% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home more or less $24,600 per year, which is 41% below the national median.

Bar Harbor, ME

www.coa.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

387

Students

#782

Ranking

$42,993

Tuition

University of New England is a mid-sized private institution located in Biddeford, ME ranked 6th in Maine. It has a total of 9,108 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting hardly over five out of every six applicants. University of New England offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Zoology, and Dental Hygiene programs (nationally ranked 35th, 44th, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $37,390 per year, University of New England is rather expensive. 51.8% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $46,300 per year, which is 11% above the national median.

Biddeford, ME

https://www.une.edu/

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

13,439

Students

#925

Ranking

$37,390

Tuition

Saint Joseph's College of Maine is a small private institution located in Standish, ME ranked 7th in Maine. It has a total of 2,171 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 87.16% acceptance rate. Saint Joseph's College of Maine offers 60 different majors and is best known for its Radiography program, which is ranked 21st in the US. With an annual tuition of $36,720 per year, Saint Joseph's College of Maine is rather expensive. 49.64% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in near $43,400 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Standish, ME

www.sjcme.edu

C+

Rating

87%

Acceptance

3,397

Students

#955

Ranking

$36,720

Tuition

University of Maine is a large public university located in Orono, ME ranked 8th in Maine. It has a total of 10,510 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 90.24% acceptance rate. University of Maine offers 235 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering Technologies, Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services, and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management programs (nationally ranked 7th, 20th, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,000 for in-state students and $29,310 for those from out-of-state, University of Maine is somewhat moderately pricey. 53.19% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw about $42,500 per year, which is 2% above the national median.

Orono, ME

www.umaine.edu/

C+

Rating

90%

Acceptance

13,091

Students

#1057

Ranking

$29,310

Tuition

Maine College of Art is a very small private art school located in Portland, ME ranked 9th in Maine. It has a total of 404 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 62.36% acceptance rate. Maine College of Art offers 15 different majors and is best known for its Sculpture, Painting, and Illustration programs (nationally ranked 14th, 20th, and 29th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,694 per year, Maine College of Art is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.79% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $27,700 per year, which is 33% under the national median.

Portland, ME

www.meca.edu

C+

Rating

62%

Acceptance

488

Students

#1059

Ranking

$35,694

Tuition

Husson University is a small private institution located in Bangor, ME ranked 10th in Maine. It has a total of 3,245 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.58% acceptance rate. Husson University offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Clinical Psychology, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 5th, 9th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,290 per year, Husson University is reasonably priced. 48.09% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment.

Bangor, ME

www.husson.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

4,223

Students

#1547

Ranking

$18,290

Tuition

Unity College

#1711 MAINE

Unity College is a very small private institution located in Unity, ME ranked 11th in Maine. It has a total of 812 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 98.27% of applicants. Unity College offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Recreational Therapy, Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management, and Natural Resources Management and Policy programs (nationally ranked 13th, 19th, and 27th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,800 per year, Unity College is reasonably costly. 63.25% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $34,100 per year, which is 18% below the national median.

Unity, ME

https://www.unity.edu

C

Rating

98%

Acceptance

967

Students

#1711

Ranking

$28,800

Tuition

University of Southern Maine is a mid-sized public institution located in Portland, ME ranked 12th in Maine. It has a total of 8,159 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a tad over four out of five applicants. University of Southern Maine offers 184 different majors and is best known for its Recreational Therapy program, which is ranked 24th in the US. With an annual tuition of $7,868 for students from Maine and $20,692 for those from out-of-state, University of Southern Maine is reasonably costly. 44.22% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $38,700 per year, which is 7% below the national median.

Portland, ME

www.usm.maine.edu

C

Rating

81%

Acceptance

10,606

Students

#1726

Ranking

$20,692

Tuition

Thomas College

#1903 MAINE

Thomas College is a small private business school located in Waterville, ME ranked 13th in Maine. It has a total of 1,796 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 83.81% acceptance rate. Thomas College offers 31 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology program, which is ranked 7th in America. With an annual tuition of $26,740 per year, Thomas College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 48.69% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $38,100 per year, which is 8% under the national median.

Waterville, ME

www.thomas.edu

C

Rating

84%

Acceptance

1,987

Students

#1903

Ranking

$26,740

Tuition

University of Maine at Farmington is a small public institution located in Farmington, ME ranked 14th in Maine. It has a total of 1,943 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a tad over 9 in 10 applicants. University of Maine at Farmington offers 41 different majors and is best known for its Community Health Services program, which is ranked 16th in the US. With an annual tuition of $8,429 for students from Maine and $18,599 for those from out-of-state, University of Maine at Farmington is moderately priced. 45.88% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make about $36,000 per year, which is 13% under the national median.

Farmington, ME

https://www.umf.maine.edu

C-

Rating

91%

Acceptance

2,461

Students

#1919

Ranking

$18,599

Tuition

Northern Maine Community College is a very small public associates college located in Presque Isle, ME ranked 15th in Maine. It has a total of 1,108 full-time undergraduate students. Northern Maine Community College offers 37 different majors. With an annual tuition of $2,820 for students from Maine and $5,640 for those from out-of-state, Northern Maine Community College is quite low-priced. 39.45% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $30,300 per year, which is 27% under the national median.

Presque Isle, ME

www.nmcc.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,108

Students

#2078

Ranking

$5,640

Tuition

Kennebec Valley Community College is a small public associates college located in Fairfield, ME ranked 16th in Maine. It has a total of 3,341 full-time undergraduate students. Kennebec Valley Community College offers 41 different majors. With an annual tuition of $2,820 for students from Maine and $5,640 for those from out-of-state, Kennebec Valley Community College is very cheap. 33.95% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $29,000 per year, which is 30% under the national median.

Fairfield, ME

www.kvcc.me.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,341

Students

#2237

Ranking

$5,640

Tuition

Central Maine Community College is a small public associates college located in Auburn, ME ranked 17th in Maine. It has a total of 3,746 full-time undergraduate students. Central Maine Community College offers 38 different majors. With an annual tuition of $2,820 for students from Maine and $5,640 for those from out-of-state, Central Maine Community College is quite inexpensive. 26.46% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make roughly $32,100 per year, which is 23% less than the national median.

Auburn, ME

https://www.cmcc.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,746

Students

#2433

Ranking

$5,640

Tuition

Southern Maine Community College is a mid-sized public associates college located in South Portland, ME ranked 18th in Maine. It has a total of 8,847 full-time undergraduate students. Southern Maine Community College offers 65 different majors. With an annual tuition of $2,820 for in-state students and $5,640 for those from out-of-state, Southern Maine Community College is very affordable. 21.61% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $33,900 per year, which is 18% below the national median.

South Portland, ME

www.smccME.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

8,847

Students

#2473

Ranking

$5,640

Tuition

University of Maine at Machias is a very small public institution located in Machias, ME ranked 19th in Maine. It has a total of 959 full-time undergraduate students. University of Maine at Machias offers 25 different majors and is best known for its Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography program, which is ranked 34th in America. With an annual tuition of $7,170 for students from Maine and $14,250 for those from out-of-state, University of Maine at Machias is reasonably priced. 30.15% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $27,500 per year, which is 34% under the national median.

Machias, ME

machias.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

959

Students

#2535

Ranking

$14,250

Tuition

York County Community College is a small public associates college located in Wells, ME ranked 20th in Maine. It has a total of 2,206 full-time undergraduate students. York County Community College offers 31 different majors. With an annual tuition of $2,820 for in-state students and $5,640 for those from out-of-state, York County Community College is quite low-priced. 21.14% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After college, alumni go on to make more or less $27,800 per year, which is 33% less than the national median.

Wells, ME

www.yccc.edu

D

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,206

Students

#2667

Ranking

$5,640

Tuition

Eastern Maine Community College is a small public associates college located in Bangor, ME ranked 21st in Maine. It has a total of 3,145 full-time undergraduate students. Eastern Maine Community College offers 62 different majors. With an annual tuition of $2,820 for in-state students and $5,640 for those from out-of-state, Eastern Maine Community College is very affordable. 9.7% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw roughly $32,400 per year, which is 22% below the national median.

Bangor, ME

www.emcc.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,145

Students

#2991

Ranking

$5,640

Tuition

University of Maine at Fort Kent is a small public institution located in Fort Kent, ME ranked 22nd in Maine. It has a total of 2,142 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting close to 100% of applicants. University of Maine at Fort Kent offers 24 different majors and is best known for its Public Administration, Social Sciences, and Business programs (respectively ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd in Maine). With an annual tuition of $7,170 for in-state students and $11,460 for those from out-of-state, University of Maine at Fort Kent is relatively cheap. 35.12% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn roughly $33,400 per year, which is 20% below the national median.

Fort Kent, ME

www.umfk.maine.edu

F

Rating

99%

Acceptance

2,142

Students

#3003

Ranking

$11,460

Tuition

University of Maine at Augusta is a small public institution located in Augusta, ME ranked 23rd in Maine. It has a total of 5,515 full-time undergraduate students. University of Maine at Augusta offers 51 different majors and is best known for its Veterinary Technology and Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services programs, which are respectively ranked 19th and 34th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $7,170 for students from Maine and $17,340 for those from out-of-state, University of Maine at Augusta is reasonably priced. 22.47% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate around $27,700 per year, which is 33% less than the national median.

Augusta, ME

www.uma.edu/

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

5,515

Students

#3058

Ranking

$17,340

Tuition

University of Maine at Presque Isle is a small public liberal arts college located in Presque Isle, ME ranked 24th in Maine. It has a total of 1,916 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 99.05% of applicants. University of Maine at Presque Isle offers 29 different majors and is best known for its Business, Athletic Training, and Liberal Arts and Sciences programs (respectively ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th in Maine). With an annual tuition of $7,170 for in-state students and $11,460 for those from out-of-state, University of Maine at Presque Isle is relatively low-priced. 26.44% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to generate more or less $32,400 per year, which is 22% below the national median.

Presque Isle, ME

www.umpi.edu/

D-

Rating

99%

Acceptance

1,916

Students

#3068

Ranking

$11,460

Tuition