Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Colleges

Colby College (2001)

Colby College (2001)

Maine has about thirty universities, colleges, community colleges, two-year associate degree granting institutions, and the separate institutions of the University of Maine System. Each has its own identity, mission, and appeal to students from different areas of the state, with varying interests and levels of academic achievement.

University of Maine Fort Kent (2003)

University of Maine Fort Kent (2003)

In 2003 the public technical colleges were renamed and their missions revised. They are now known as “community colleges,” as noted below. The official establishment of the Maine Community College System marked the beginning of an era of major growth. Enrollment in the seven colleges has grown by 62% since 2002, to 16,361 in the fall of 2009. In addition, during that time the colleges have seen an 83% increase in students entering directly from high school.

Maine Maritime Academy (2001)

Maine Maritime Academy (2001)

The former Casco Bay College was acquired by Andover College, which in turn was acquired by Kaplan University. Husson College became Husson University in 2008.

A full understanding of each begins with a visit to its web site and campus. For those with a physical presence in Maine, here are comparisons based on categories frequently used by students and families to select those that may be appropriate for their needs. Be advised that rankings vary among those producing them. Other data will vary with time and interpretation. The information below was assembled in June 2010.

Unity College (2001)

Unity College (2001)

Type includes years for a degree, public (Pu), private (Pr), secular (S) or religious (R). Thus, Unity College is”4PrS” meaning a four-year private secular institution.  “SAT Scores” are ranges for the middle 50% of incoming freshmen. “Enrollment” includes full time and part-time students when the information is available.

Institution, Web Site Link Type SAT
Range2
ACT
Range2
Enroll- ment %
Admitted
Tuition
& fees5
Category6 National Rank3
Bangor
Theo. Seminary
Bangor 4PrR* NR NR 159 NF $410/credit4 Other NF
Bates
Lewiston 4PrS 1260-1430 NF 1,776 29% $51,400 LA T1
25 / F114
Beal
Bangor 2PrS NF NF 44010 100%11 $14,31011 Other NF
Bowdoin
Brunswick 4PrS 1300-1510 29-33 1,723 19% $50,570 LA T1
6 / F114
CMMC** Lewiston 2PrS 960-1,2601 NF 163 NF $16,20010 Other NF
Central MCC

Auburn

2PuS NR NR 2,7097 NF $3,516/ $6,0364 CC NF
Colby

Waterville

4PrS 1280-1430 28 – 31 1,847 31% $50,120 LA T1
22 / F24
College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor

4PrS 610-710 560-650 3054 69% $42,6304 T3
Eastern MCC

Bangor

2PuS NF NR 2,1497 49%10 $3,135/ $5,59510 CC NF
Husson U.

Bangor

4PrS 830-10201 NF 2,259 86% $12,990 UM T4
Kaplan U.

So.Portland

4PrS NF NF 1,050+4 NF NF NF Unranked
Kennebec
Valley CC

Fairfield

2PuS NR NR 2,4747 NF $84/$126/$1688 CC NF
Maine
Coll. of Art

Portland

4PrS 880-11501 NR 3509 NF $27,965 Other NF
Maine
Maritime Academy

Castine

4PuS 930-11301 NF 858 68% $8,280/ $12,420 /$17,0008 BC T1
10
Northern
MCC

Presque Isle

2PuS NR NR 1,0627 67%10 $84/$126/$1688 CC NF
So. New Hampsh. U.

Brunswick

4PrS NF NF 300 (est.)4 86% $26,442 UM T3
Southern
MCC

So.Portland

2PuS NR NR 6,2707 86%10 NF CC NF
St Josephs

Standish

4PrR NF NF 1,0624 NF $26,050 UM T4
Thomas

Waterville

4PrS 850-10101 NF 900
(est.)4
81% $20,170 BC T4
Unity

Unity

4PrS NR NR 500+4 NF $20,350 BC T4
U. of Maine

Orono

4PuS 950-11701 19-25 9,667 77% $1900/  $22,000 NU T3 /
F376
U of Maine
Augusta

Augusta

4PuS NF NF 5,202 77% $6,855  $15,375 BC T4
U of Maine
Machias

Machias

4PuS 810-9101 NF 1,023 83% $6,190/ $16,210 LA T4
U of Maine Farmington

Farmington

4PuS 890-11101 NF 2,194 68% $7,520/ $14,810 BC T1
20
U of Maine  Fort Kent

Fort Kent

4PuS 700-9501 NF 1,102 76% $6,089/ $13,769 BC T3
U of Maine P. I.

Presque Isle

4PuS 780-10301 NF 1,454 NF $6,835/  $15,985 LA Unranked
U of New England

Biddeford

4PrS 970-11601 NF 2,395 78% $42,325 UM T1
81
U of So. Maine

Portland Gorham

4PuS 900-11201 NF 7,879 81% $7,467/$18,987 UM T3
Washington
County CC

Calais

2PuS NR NR 4607 NF $84/$126/$1688 CC NF
York
County CC

Wells

2PuS NR NR 1,4267 NF $4,000/$6,000 CC NF


NF = not found; NR = not required. *No fulltime-part-time distinction reported.

*Primarily for college graduates, though a five-year program can result in a
bachelor’s degree and a Masters of Divinity.

** “MCC” = “Maine Community College”

1 Range for Critical Reading and Mathematics sections. Does not include writing score. (from http ://collegesearch.collegeboard.com)

2 From Forbes.com “Special Report. America’s Best
Colleges,” at
http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/best-colleges-ratings-opinions-ranking-2009_land.html?boxes=listschannelinsidelists;
NR = not required by institution.

3 From U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges,” where the top 50% receive a numerical ranking (lower is better, e.g., T1 12), and T3 = the next 25% (no individual ranking), and T4 = the bottom 25% (no individual ranking).

Ranking of F### is the national ranking by Forbes.com, where available.

4 From institution’s web site.

5 Total cost may include tuition, room and board, books, fees, and
other expenses, where applicable; for Maine state institutions “in
state/out of state” fees are noted

6 Categories of U.S. News & World Report rankings, except “Community College,” which represents those in the Maine Community College System.

7 From http://www.mccs.me.edu/press/pr/092309.pdf.
(includes degree and non-degree students, Fall 2009)

8 Per credit hour tuition for Maine residents/New England residents,

(New Brunswick residents – for Washington County and Northern Maine CCs only)/Non-Residents. From http ://www.wccc.me.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=33&Itemid=72

9 Includes graduate students

10 From www braintrack.com

11 From www matchcollege.com/college/160995/Beal-College/ME#admission

Reporting on a 2006 assessment by the U.S. Education Department, the New York Times noted that only 27 percent of freshmen entering colleges and universities in 1998 graduated in four years.  For private colleges and universities the rate was 50 percent.

Among public institutions, the graduation rate in 6 years or 4 years in 2006 included the following (ranked by 6-year graduation rate):

1. University of Virginia (92%/83%)

38. University of Connecticut ((71%/45%

43. Maine Maritime Academy (69%/54%)

47. University of Vermont (67%/50%)

81. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (62%/43%)

82. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (62%/41)

103. University of Maine, Farmington (58%/32%)

Additional resources

America’s Best Colleges 2002 Edition.  U.S. News & World Report.
Washington, DC. 2005. http ://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges

see Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-colleges/2009/08/19/frequently-asked-questions-rankings.html

College Board home page at http://www.collegeboard.org.

“Public Colleges to See You Through.”  New
York Times.
Education Life. April 23, 2006, pp. 12-13.

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