Students hoping to attend college in the state of Maine will find that their choices include 2-year and 4-year public institutions, as well as private colleges and universities. This article compares the traditional schools - i.e., those that are non-profit and offer a variety of disciplines and credentials. All of the statistics come from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Maine Schools Near Large Cities
Most of Maine's schools are located in small city, town and rural settings, according to NCES statistics. Schools found in the state's larger cities include the following:
- Bates College (Lewiston)
- Eastern Maine Community College (Bangor)
- Husson University (Bangor)
- University of Southern Maine (Portland)
- Southern Maine Community College (South Portland)
Largest Schools in Maine
Maine's largest schools almost all had less than 10,000 students, as of fall 2014. The University of Maine in Orono had the biggest student population in the state, with a total of 11,286 students. It was followed by the schools listed below:
- University of Southern Maine (8,428 students)
- Southern Maine Community College (6,734 students)
- University of New England (6,429 students)
- University of Maine at Augusta (4,664 students)
- Central Maine Community College (3,162 students)
Lowest Net Price
The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid the average full-time undergraduate student receives from the total cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and miscellaneous expenses). Below are the least expensive Maine schools, based on data from NCES for the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Washington County Community College ($3,545)
- Central Maine Community College ($7,724)
- York County Community College ($8,714)
- Kennebec Valley Community College ($8,736)
- University of Maine at Augusta ($8,837)
Highest Graduation Rate
The overall graduation rate for a school indicates the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (e.g., six years for a bachelor's program), based on NCES figures for full-time students as of 2015.
- Colby College (94% graduation rate)
- Bowdoin College (93% graduation rate)
- Bates College (88% graduation rate)
- University of New England (65% graduation rate)
- University of Maine at Farmington (59% graduation rate)
Maine colleges are broken down into four separate categories in this article, based on graduation rates, affordability, location, and student enrollment.