College attendance in Maine is on the rise: according to the Lumina Foundation, the number of graduates with an associate degree rose to 41.3 percent in 2014, up from 36.8 percent in 2008. Overall, college enrollment in Maine is a bit higher than the national average, and certificate programs seem to be the prevailing trend, with 21.4 percent of residents having some college experience but no degree. Students interested in attending college in Maine can find information here on costs, student assistance programs, and a look at the state’s main cities.

Best Maine Colleges: 2016-17 Rankings

Maine Maine

With every college offering something different, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of statistics. School rankings can help prospective students sort through the pertinent information and compare schools directly to one another. Our rankings take into account tuition cost, student-to-teacher ratio, graduation rate, the availability of financial aid, and more.

1
1 Northern Maine Community College
Score
99.82
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$29,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
43%
1Northern Maine Community College
Score
99.82
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $29,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    43%

  • Graduation Rate 30%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 39
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
2
2 Eastern Maine Community College
Score
99.51
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$30,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
21%
2Eastern Maine Community College
Score
99.51
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $30,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    21%

  • Graduation Rate 29%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 48
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
3
3 Washington County Community College
Score
98.97
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
41%
3Washington County Community College
Score
98.97
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    41%

  • Graduation Rate 35%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 30
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
4
4 Southern Maine Community College
Score
98.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
18%
4Southern Maine Community College
Score
98.93
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    18%

  • Graduation Rate 13%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 49
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
5
5 Kennebec Valley Community College
Score
98.75
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$29,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
38%
5Kennebec Valley Community College
Score
98.75
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $29,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    38%

  • Graduation Rate 42%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 34
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
6
6 York County Community College
Score
98.75
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
35%
6York County Community College
Score
98.75
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    35%

  • Graduation Rate 17%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 17
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
7
7 Central Maine Community College
Score
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$33,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
22%
7Central Maine Community College
Score
86.00
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $33,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    22%

  • Graduation Rate 24%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
1
1 Bowdoin College
Score
99.72
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$54,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
48%
1Bowdoin College
Score
99.72
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $54,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    9:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    48%

  • Graduation Rate 95%
  • Acceptance Rate 15%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 42
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
2
2 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Score
98.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
97%
2Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Score
98.21
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    97%

  • Graduation Rate 51%
  • Acceptance Rate 79%
  • # Online Programs 21
  • # Total Programs 50
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
3
3 Colby College
Score
98.14
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$53,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
42%
3Colby College
Score
98.14
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $53,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    42%

  • Graduation Rate 90%
  • Acceptance Rate 28%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 43
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
4
4 University of New England
Score
97.59
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$44,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
4University of New England
Score
97.59
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $44,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 58%
  • Acceptance Rate 86%
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 41
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
5
5 University of Maine
Score
96.68
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$38,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
78%
5University of Maine
Score
96.68
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $38,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    78%

  • Graduation Rate 59%
  • Acceptance Rate 83%
  • # Online Programs 5
  • # Total Programs 174
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
6
6 Bates College
Score
96.41
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$53,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
48%
6Bates College
Score
96.41
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $53,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    48%

  • Graduation Rate 88%
  • Acceptance Rate 25%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 37
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
7
7 Husson University
Score
94.59
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
90%
7Husson University
Score
94.59
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    90%

  • Graduation Rate 41%
  • Acceptance Rate 72%
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 41
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
8
8 University of Southern Maine
Score
92.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$36,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
63%
8University of Southern Maine
Score
92.71
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $36,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    63%

  • Graduation Rate 30%
  • Acceptance Rate 84%
  • # Online Programs 8
  • # Total Programs 94
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
9
9 University of Maine at Farmington
Score
92.70
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$33,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
76%
9University of Maine at Farmington
Score
92.70
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $33,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    76%

  • Graduation Rate 58%
  • Acceptance Rate 85%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 38
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
10
10 Unity College
Score
92.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$36,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
98%
10Unity College
Score
92.60
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $36,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    98%

  • Graduation Rate 38%
  • Acceptance Rate 93%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 18
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
11
11 Thomas College
Score
92.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$36,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
98%
11Thomas College
Score
92.19
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $36,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    21:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    98%

  • Graduation Rate 46%
  • Acceptance Rate 74%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 24
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
12
12 University of Maine at Machias
Score
90.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
87%
12University of Maine at Machias
Score
90.83
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    87%

  • Graduation Rate 29%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 12
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
13
13 University of Maine at Presque Isle
Score
90.52
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
79%
13University of Maine at Presque Isle
Score
90.52
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    79%

  • Graduation Rate 37%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 22
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
14
14 University of Maine at Fort Kent
Score
89.35
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$31,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
86%
14University of Maine at Fort Kent
Score
89.35
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $31,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    86%

  • Graduation Rate 38%
  • Acceptance Rate 75%
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 13
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
15
15 Maine College of Art
Score
87.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$23,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
15Maine College of Art
Score
87.36
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $23,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 26%
  • Acceptance Rate 97%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 13
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience No
16
16 University of Maine at Augusta
Score
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
26%
16University of Maine at Augusta
Score
86.00
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    26%

  • Graduation Rate 13%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 10
  • # Total Programs 19
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes

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College Planning, Assistance and Outreach Programs in Maine

With the right resources and programs at their disposal, students can get a lot more out of the college experience-from selecting a school to graduating on time. Resources that help students plan for college, improve their chances of admission, seek out financial aid, and even successfully transition into the workforce after graduation are all helpful tools; following are some of the programs available to Maine students.

Early College for ME

This program provides various forms of support to high school students, including help with applying to college and completing financial aid forms; the opportunity to take a free college course during their senior year; and a chance to earn scholarships to community college. Sophomores and juniors are targeted to receive program information at 80 high schools across the state; since 2003, the program has served more than 8,000 students and awarded more than 2,500 scholarships.

Maine College Career Consortium

An organization made up of 24 colleges and universities across the state, the consortium works to bring college students and employers together through internships and job opportunities for both undergraduates and alumni. Career fairs provide a face-to-face way to connect, and employers interested in hiring college students are encouraged to use the site to announce openings to member institutions.

On Course for College

Offered by the Maine Community College System, the program is designed for high school juniors and seniors who want to get a head start on their college experience. Those who attend a public high school or CTE school in Maine can take college courses during their last two years at little to no cost. Courses are offered on community college campuses, as well as through outreach centers, area high schools, and online. To participate, students must have a grade point average of ????or better.

Cost of College in Maine: Adding It Up

Costs for tuition and fees are important to most college students, but calculating expenses can be tricky. Is attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year institution the most fiscally advantageous route? What about attending an in-state school rather than out-of-state? The following charts help make the choices clearer by comparing schools within Maine as well as to the national averages.

Average Maine Tuition & Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of Maine Students Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award for Maine Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Most Affordable Colleges in Maine

When choosing what college to attend, it often comes down to the bottom line: cost. These six schools in Maine earned the distinction of being the most affordable based on their net price, which is the cost of tuition minus the average financial aid each student receives. We’ve also compared them to the national average for a broader perspective.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

Maine College Net Price vs. National Average
MAINE $19,187 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Maine Colleges with Highest-Paid Alumni

An education is what you make of it, but some graduates make more than others when it comes to paychecks. We looked at how much alumni from Maine colleges were paid ten years after entering college, as well as compared those incomes to the national average. The following schools ranked at the top for best-paid alumni.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Maine Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
MAINE $38,242 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Colleges in Maine With Least Alumni Debt

Even with a boost from financial aid awards, many students still owe money for their education after graduation. The outstanding balance doesn’t have to eat into earnings for years to come, though. These colleges in Maine produced alumni who have the lowest amounts of student debt in the state; we’ve also looked at them alongside the national average.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

Maine College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
MAINE $23,623 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Maine Cost of Living: College Expenses Beyond Tuition

Although tuition is the primary expense for many college students, the cost of living in a particular area can also contribute to the choice of school. Fortunately, the overall cost of living in Maine is only slightly higher than the national average, although urban areas may take a larger chunk out of the budget. Our cost-of-living table for Maine focuses on how far money will go in certain metro areas, as well as in the state as a whole.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 114% 121% 106% 117% 115% 110% 109%
Portland 114% 121% 106% 117% 115% 110% 109%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Accreditation for Maine Colleges

Determining a school’s accreditation status is vitally important to the college search. Accreditation means that an institution has been examined by an independent body and found to meet established standards. Employers tend to favor graduates from accredited institutions; that standard usually applies within the educational system as well, with many schools only accepting transfer credits from an accredited college or university. In addition, students seeking financial support will find they have more options if attending an accredited institution.

Maine colleges are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In addition to this institutional accreditation, some individual programs or schools seek specialty accreditation as well. This can come from a variety of independent bodies, depending on the program focus. Here are a few examples:

Popular Cities to Attend College in Maine

Orono

Located at the junction of the Penobscot and Stillwater Rivers, Orono is a town defined by the main campus of the University of Maine, whose student population of 11,000 is roughly equivalent to the number of permanent residents in the town. The city government bills Orono as a "live learning laboratory" for the university's students, who participate in a number of municipal projects. The city also partners with the university to provide several services to students, such as a shuttle bus that runs between downtown Orono and the university campus every half-hour during the academic year.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

OronoUniversity of Maine Public $16,831 $38,700
Founded in 1865, UMaine offers 95 undergraduate programs, 70 master's programs and 35 doctoral programs, in addition to more than 200 student clubs and organizations and an NCAA Division I athletic program. With its student-faculty ratio of 16:1, the university is notable for its engineering and STEM programs, particularly environmental sciences such as forestry and marine studies. Students who live in Maine benefit from in-state tuition that comes in at about a third of out-of-state tuition.
Portland

Portland is a well-educated city: some 97 percent of residents hold a high school diploma, and 60 percent go on to higher education. This pursuit is made easier given the high density of universities and tech schools in the area; there are 10 within a 30-minute drive. With a low crime rate and vibrant arts scene, Portland regularly lands on "top 10" lists of desirable places to live in the United States.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

PortlandUniversity of Southern Maine Public $17,300 $36,500
Located in the heart of Maine's largest metro region, ?Maine's Metropolitan University? is home to more than 6,500 undergraduates, many of whom are non-traditional. With an average class size of 25 and more than 275 full-time faculty, students benefit from a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. Those who choose to stay in the area after graduation can expect a welcoming job market; in 2012, Forbes ranked Portland among the top 10 cities for job prospects.
PortlandMaine College of Art Private not-for-profit $29,009 $23,700
Those interested in an art career may find their ideal education here; the the college offers a number of choices including initiatives for high school students; bachelor's and master's degrees; and continuing studies for youth and adults. MECA is home to a small student body of just less than 500 students; another 500 are enrolled in continuing studies. Two-thirds of alumni have gone on to careers as professional artists, and most graduates are self-employed.

Source: College Scorecard

Maine College Resources

Students exploring Maine colleges have several resources at their disposal. The following sites can help them find the information they need.

Gear Up Maine

This organization focuses on getting Maine students prepared for college, offering resources for parents, a grant initiative, and partnerships with elementary, middle and high schools.

Maine College Access Network

This organization is made up of staff from high schools, colleges, government agencies and nonprofits who are dedicated to closing the education attainment gap in the state.

Maine Community College System

This central location for the seven community colleges in the state provides students with information on getting started on a two-year degree.

Maine Department of Education

The higher education section of this state website offers several links and resources for students looking at college options.

Maine.gov

The education section of the state website offers information on the colleges, universities and trade schools in the state, as well as help with distance learning, financial aid resources and more.

Maine’s Public Universities

Students can use this site as a portal to Maine’s various universities, as well as find practical information on transfer credits, admissions, financial aid and more.