Bangor, Maine (ME) Colleges and Universities

There are three schools located in or near Bangor, Maine. Read about the schools with the most program variety, lowest net price, highest graduation rate, and lowest student-to-faculty ratio to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

A handful of postsecondary options are available within roughly 15 miles of Bangor, Maine, with a few others located between 30 and 45 miles further out. In this article, we train our sights on two schools right in Bangor, as well as one university in nearby Orono. These schools are of the traditional variety, meaning they operate on either a public or private non-profit basis and offer plenty of program options. To help students make an informed academic decision, we rank these three institutions in the following categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

The three schools located within a 15-mile radius of Bangor, Maine, are traditional colleges and universities, meaning that they are public or private not-for-profit and they offer multiple fields of study. Attending a school that offers a variety of choices can be particularly important to individuals who are undecided about which field of study to pursue.

1 - University of Maine

Located in Orono, this university offers programs in around 125 fields of study. According to the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator, in 2011 the most popular undergraduate field of study at the school was psychology. At that same time, also according to the NCES, the most popular field of study for students pursuing master's degrees was social work, while for those pursuing doctoral degrees it was multi-interdisciplinary studies.

2 - Husson University

Located in Bangor, this school of offers degrees in about 43 fields of study to the student body of approximately 3,000 students. The NCES reports that, in 2011, the most popular field of study at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels was business administration and management. At that same time, according to the NCES, the most popular field of study for doctoral degree-seeking students was physical therapy.

3 - Eastern Maine Community College

Eastern Maine Community College is located in Bangor and enrolls about 2,000 students. In total, the school offers programs in just over 40 fields of study. In 2011, according to the NCES, the electrician technology certificate was the most popular, and welding technology was a close second. For those pursuing an associate's degree, the liberal studies program conferred the most degrees that year.

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's average cost by subtracting the amount of financial aid a student receives from the total cost to attend the school. Financial aid included in this calculation may derive from the government, the school or both. Net price figures in the Bangor area ranged from about $8,400 to $14,000 for the 2010-2011 school year, which is the most recent calculation available from the NCES.

1 - Eastern Maine Community College

The NCES reports that, during the 2010-2011 school year, students at Eastern Maine Community College paid a net price of $8,415, making it the most affordable school in the Bangor area. In-state tuition and fees were $3,267 that year (and the following year), but when estimated room, board and other costs are figured in, the NCES put the total cost at $13,461 before financial aid. The NCES also reports that, during the 2010-2011 school year, 97% of this college's beginning students received some form of financial aid.

2 - University of Maine

For the 2010-2011 school year, the University of Maine's net price was $13,790, according to the NCES. The tuition and fee part of that equation was $10,142 for in-state students that year; out-of-state students paid more than double at $25,172. However, the NCES reports that 92% of the university's beginning students received some form of financial aid that year.

3 - Husson University

Husson University's net price for the 2010-2011 school year was $14,083, putting it in third for this category. The NCES reports that 95% of the university's beginning students received some form of financial aid in that year. The tuition and fees for undergraduate students, which was $13,450 that year, went up to $14,540 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES determines a school's overall graduation rate by identifying the number of students who completed their program of study within 150% of the normal amount of time. For example, students who completed a 4-year degree in six years or less are included in the graduation rate figure. The three Bangor schools are ranked as follows in this category.

1 - University of Maine

This school boasts a 60% graduation rate, which is 22 percentage points higher than the next highest ranked school in this category. The 4-year graduation rate for students who enrolled in 2005 to pursue bachelor's degrees at the school is 36%, according to the NCES. Additionally, the NCES reports that 78% of full-time freshmen in 2010 returned for their sophomore year in 2011, a statistic referred to as the retention rate.

2 - Husson University

This university has an overall graduation rate of 38%. The NCES reports that the 4-year graduation rate for students who began studies in 2005 is 22%. Also according to the NCES, Husson University has a 74% retention rate for full-time students and a 50% retention rate for part-time students.

3 - Eastern Maine Community College

This 2-year school has an overall graduation rate of 26%. According to the NCES, the school also has a 15% transfer-out rate. The school has a 55% retention rate for full-time students, reports the NCES.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Each of the schools near Bangor has a student to faculty ratio lower than 25:1. The rankings listed below are based on figures reported by the NCES.

1 - University of Maine

The approximately 11,000 students at this university enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1. Per the NCES, there are about 600 full-time faculty members and 250 part-time faculty members at this school. The university reports that its faculty members have been recognized by numerous agencies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Academy of Sciences. The school also has about 660 graduate teaching assistants.

2 - Husson University

Husson University offers a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, according to the NCES. The school employs about 110 faculty members, the large majority of whom are full-time.

3 - Eastern Maine Community College

Students attending this community college will experience a student-to-faculty ratio of 24:1. All of the school's 55 instructors are employed on a full-time basis, according to the NCES. The college reports that, in addition to teaching, its faculty members serve as student advisors.

Bangor Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Program Levels Offered Area Ranking
Eastern Maine Community College Bangor, ME 2-year, public One but less than two year certificates, two but less than four year certificates; associate's degrees Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Husson University Bangor, ME 4-year, private non-profit Two but less than four year certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates 2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Lowest Student-to-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Lowest Net Price
University of Maine Orono, ME (12.2 miles from Bangor) 4-year, public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates Most Program Variety,
Highest Graduation Rate,
Lowest Student-to-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Lowest Net Price

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