Why This Matters

  • 19 COLLEGES IN MAINE

    According to College Navigator, Maine has 8 public colleges and 11 private non-profit institutions.

  • $10,750 AVERAGE IN-STATE TUITION & FEES

    Estimates by the College Board place the average in-state tuition and fees at $10,750 for Maine residents who attended a public college during the academic year 2020-21.

  • $14,940 IN FINANCIAL AID FOR U.S. STUDENTS

    Full-time undergraduate students in the United States received an average of $14,980 in financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year.

Our Research

Our list of the best colleges in Maine includes a diverse array of schools. We reviewed liberal arts colleges, midsize universities, and large research institutions, basing our research on factors like tuition, credits required to graduate, and whether on-campus or online courses are available.

To ensure a quality list of schools, we only considered colleges recognized by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. Our top picks for the best Colleges In Maine program are affordable, respected, and flexible. (For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.)

  • 76 hours to write this article
  • 205 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 231 education programs we compared

The Top 18 Colleges in Maine

Best Colleges In Maine
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University of Maine

intelligent score 99.18

Award Intelligent Pick

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate: 30-45 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$281 per credit
Graduate:$421 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-581-5844

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate: 30-45 credits

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University of New England

intelligent score 98.31

Award Best for Allied Health

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Award Best for Allied Health

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:130 credits Graduate: 64 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$287.61 per credit
Graduate:$950 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-283-0171

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:130 credits Graduate: 64 credits

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Bowdoin College

intelligent score 97.7

Award Best Small College

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Award Best Small College

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: Graduate:32 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:
Graduate:$1,744.43 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-725-3000

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: Graduate:32 credits

01
Husson University

intelligent score 97.1

Award Best Business School

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Award Best Business School

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120-128 credits Graduate:60 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$612 per credit
Graduate:$516 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-941-7000

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120-128 credits Graduate:60 credits

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Colby College

intelligent score 97.03

Award Best Faculty

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:128 credits Graduate: 64 credits

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Estimated Cost per Credit $2,260 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-859-4800

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:128 credits Graduate: 64 credits

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Bates College

intelligent score 94.78

Award Best Liberal Arts College

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Award Best Liberal Arts College

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:100-120 credits Graduate: 32 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$612.75 per credit
Graduate:$2,297.81 per credit

accreditation Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-786-6255

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:100-120 credits Graduate: 32 credits

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University of Maine at Farmington

intelligent score 91.36

Award Best Public School for Teachers

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Award Best Public School for Teachers

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 64 credits Graduate:128 credits

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Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$281 per credit
Graduate:$417 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-778-7050

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 64 credits Graduate:128 credits

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University of Maine at Fort Kent

intelligent score 90.11

Award Best Public Nursing Program

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Award Best Public Nursing Program

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate: 38-42 credits

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Estimated Cost per Credit $245 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 888-879-8635

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate: 38-42 credits

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University of Southern Maine

intelligent score 89.32

Award Best for Writing

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Award Best for Writing

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate:30-36 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$281 per credit
Graduate:$421 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 800-800-4876

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate:30-36 credits

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Maine Maritime Academy

intelligent score 89.27

Award Best for Maritime Studies

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Award Best for Maritime Studies

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs Undergraduate: Coastal Marine & Environmental Science, International Business & Logistics, International Logistics Management, Marine Biology, Marine Engineering Operations, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Systems Engineering, Marine Transportation Operations, Maritime Management, Oceanography, Power Engineering Operations, Power Engineering Technology, Small Vessel Operations, Vessel Operations & Technology

Graduate: International Logistics Management, Maritime Management

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate:36 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate:$365 per credit
Graduate:$900 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 207-326-4311

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs Undergraduate: Coastal Marine & Environmental Science, International Business & Logistics, International Logistics Management, Marine Biology, Marine Engineering Operations, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Systems Engineering, Marine Transportation Operations, Maritime Management, Oceanography, Power Engineering Operations, Power Engineering Technology, Small Vessel Operations, Vessel Operations & Technology

Graduate: International Logistics Management, Maritime Management

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate:120 credits Graduate:36 credits

01
Best Online School
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
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Best Value
University of Maine at Augusta
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Most Beautiful Campus
College of the Atlantic
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Best for Community Engagement
University of Maine at Machias
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Best for Early College
University of Maine at Presque Isle
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Best Internships
Thomas College
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Best Environmental School
Unity College
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Best Accelerated Programs
Beal University

 

What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Maine

To maximize your future earning potential, you should consider future careers when choosing a college and major. In October 2020, the largest five industries for employment in Maine were education and health services; trade, transportation, and utilities; government; goods-producing services; and retail trade.

For college-educated professionals, the five fastest growing careers in Maine are physician assistants, statisticians, nurse practitioners, information security analysts, and respiratory therapists. Selecting a degree related to any of these fields can lead to a promising career trajectory.

Some of the largest employers in Maine are the Pen Bay Medical Center, Hall Erica PA, IAMAW, and Mid Coast Group Physician. There are many other companies and organizations in Maine that employ thousands of people, and many of these employers are looking for college graduates who have degrees relevant to those fastest growing careers.

What’s Next?

When researching different colleges in Maine, investigate what financial aid you qualify for. Here are some of the state and federal resources that you can use to explore grant, scholarship, and financial aid options for undergraduate Maine students.

  • Financial Authority of Maine (FAME). FAME provides information on in-state college tuition along with scholarship and loan opportunities that are available to Maine residents.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education provides more than $120 billion in financial aid every year. These funds provide students with grants, scholarships, work-study positions, and loans. Find out if you’re eligible via the FAFSA4caster, and apply through the FAFSA online form if you are eligible.
  • CareerOneStop. This organization offers extensive information on grants and scholarships that are available in each state. The site is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the information is easily sortable according to amounts, qualifications, deadlines, and other filters.