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.
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.
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.
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
25 / F114
6 / F114
||4PrS||1280-1430||28 – 31||1,847||31%||$50,120||LA||T1
22 / F24
|College of the Atlantic||
Coll. of Art
|4PuS||930-11301||NF||858||68%||$8,280/ $12,420 /$17,0008||BC||T1
|So. New Hampsh. U.||
|U. of Maine||4PuS||950-11701||19-25||9,667||77%||$1900/ $22,000||NU||T3 /
|U of Maine
|U of Maine
|U of Maine Farmington||
|U of Maine Fort Kent||
|U of Maine P. I.||
|U of New England||
|U of So. Maine||
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%)
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.