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Public, private, big and small -- Maine’s colleges are all right here. Find and compare Maine colleges with the free CollegeStats database.

Find the Best Colleges in Maine

Maine is home to 30 accredited schools that offer two-year degrees, bachelor degrees and/or graduate training. Seven of these are community colleges. The typical Maine college is small but highly competitive; Maine’s educational opportunities are well-respected by academics and employers nationwide.
Interested in crossing state lines? The Regional Student Program helps make out-of-state schooling affordable. It includes all community colleges, four-year colleges and universities in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. If a degree program isn’t available in Maine, then you can take it in another New England state without paying the usual out-of-state tuition and fees.

Maine Colleges Overview

Here’s an overview of the Maine college landscape to guide your search.

  • Public colleges: Maine’s public universities are all in the University of Maine System. The UMaine System includes seven universities and the Maine Naval Academy.
  • Community colleges: The Maine Community College System has seven schools that are all well-maintained. The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges helps ensure high quality levels for instruction, technology and student services. A Dual Enrollment program makes it possible for high school students to get a head start on college credits.
  • Private colleges: A diverse collection, Maine’s private colleges include liberal arts schools, Christian colleges, and colleges focused on art and media.
  • State Academy: Maine has one state-operated training academy, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. This school is for current and prospective law enforcement officers.

Compare Maine colleges with our database.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

Bates College

Lewiston

ME

N/A

4 year

94.6%

Distance Learning

No

2

Beal College

Bangor

ME

N/A

2 year

49.44%

Distance Learning

No

3

Birthwise Midwifery School

Bridgton

ME

N/A

2 year

100%

Distance Learning

No

4

Bowdoin College

Brunswick

ME

N/A

4 year

97.79%

Distance Learning

No

5

Capilo School of Hair Design

Augusta

ME

N/A

Vocational

61.54%

Distance Learning

No

6

Central Maine Community College

Auburn

ME

$8,683

2 year

59.45%

Distance Learning

Yes

7

Colby College

Waterville

ME

N/A

4 year

92.34%

Distance Learning

No

8

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor

ME

N/A

4 year

80.58%

Distance Learning

No

9

Cosmotech School of Cosmetology

Westbrook

ME

N/A

Vocational

84.38%

Distance Learning

No

10

Eastern Maine Community College

Bangor

ME

$8,997

2 year

62.47%

Distance Learning

Yes

11

Empire Beauty School-Maine

Portland

ME

N/A

Vocational

68.52%

Distance Learning

No

12

Husson University

Bangor

ME

N/A

4 year

76.84%

Distance Learning

Yes

13

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

Portland

ME

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

Yes

14

InterCoast Career Institute-South Portland

South Portland

ME

N/A

Vocational

85.71%

Distance Learning

No

15

Kaplan University-Augusta Campus

Augusta

ME

N/A

4 year

30.77%

Distance Learning

Yes

16

Kaplan University-Maine Campus

S Portland

ME

N/A

4 year

42.86%

Distance Learning

Yes

17

Kennebec Valley Community College

Fairfield

ME

$8,523

2 year

57.33%

Distance Learning

Yes

18

Maine College of Art

Portland

ME

N/A

4 year

74.76%

Distance Learning

Yes

19

Maine College of Health Professions

Lewiston

ME

N/A

2 year

50%

Distance Learning

No

20

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine

ME

$18,089

4 year

78.38%

Distance Learning

Yes

21

Mr Bernard's School of Hair Fashion Inc

Lewiston

ME

N/A

Vocational

N/A

Distance Learning

No

22

New England School of Communications

Bangor

ME

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

No

23

Northeast Technical Institute

Scarborough

ME

N/A

Vocational

89.24%

Distance Learning

No

24

Northern Maine Community College

Presque Isle

ME

$10,405

2 year

54.17%

Distance Learning

Yes

25

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Standish

ME

N/A

4 year

76.97%

Distance Learning

Yes


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Maine Facts and Education Statistics

Learn more about Maine with these education statistics and other facts.

  • Maine is a safe place to attend college. Maine is consistently one of America’s most peaceful states. It has very low levels of violent crime and property crime.
  • Maine babies get a college boost. Babies in Maine are welcomed to the world with $500 for college. This is thanks to the Harold Alfond College Challenge fund. The money must be spent on school but isn’t restricted to Maine colleges. Possibly related to this encouragement, Maine has one of the highest high school graduation rates in America (86% in 2013).
  • Many college graduates stay in Maine. About half of Maine’s college students remain in-state after graduation. These graduates most often work in healthcare, education, government and social services. The students most likely to find work elsewhere are focused on business and technology.
  • The economy is diverse. Maine relies on a variety of industries. Manufacturing and healthcare are especially strong. Mining is a big industry too, with gold and quartz among the top treasures. This state is also known as a food producer. Maple syrup, blueberries and seafood are some of the best-known exports.
  • Bears are beloved. The Black Bear is the official mascot of the University of Maine. This decision came about in 1914 when a man brought a bear cub along to a football game. An estimated 30,000 Black Bears make Maine forests their home. Maine, by the way, is about 80% forestland.
  • Maine is “the vacation state.” Officially it’s “The Pine Tree State” but Maine is informally nicknamed for being a favorite holiday destination. People are drawn by the Atlantic coastline, classic European-style architecture, charming towns and forested parks. Water sports are a popular draw too; Maine has about 6000 lakes and ponds. It also has about 3000 small islands not far from shore. Study hard and then reward yourself with Maine’s unique perks.

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