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Southern Maine Community College

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About Southern Maine Community College

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) was established in 1946. Its main campus is located near the ocean in South Portland, ME, but the school also operates satellite campuses in Bath and Brunswick. SMCC students can become involved in many different student groups and organizations during their studies, including eight women's and men's sports clubs, intramural sports clubs, a student government organization and a student newspaper.


SMCC operates a Liberal Studies Department and a Career and Technical Program Department. Through these departments, the school offers about 45 degree programs in various fields of study. Available areas of study include biological science, art, social work, the culinary arts, early childhood education, nursing and business administration.

In addition to traditional, on-campus classes, the college offers distance-learning classes. Students seeking additional academic challenges can look into the college's honors program, working at the school's sustainability center or participating in one of the offered service-learning opportunities.

The college also operates a Continuing Studies Department. This department is split into four divisions: professional development, personal interest, professional education and workforce training.

All students have access to the school's learning commons. The learning commons houses the school's library and the academic achievement center, which offers tutoring by faculty members, teaching assistants and students.


SMCC's application is available online. Applications must include high school transcripts or proof of GED certificate, ACT or SAT scores, if applicable, and a $20 application fee. Students enrolling in health science programs must meet additional admissions requirements. New students must complete an orientation and group advising session.

In 2011, 95% of the college's students were from Maine. At that same time, 56% were enrolled as part-time students and 57% were 24 and younger.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $86 per credit hour for in-state residents, $172 per credit hour for non-residents and $129 per credit hour for qualified New England residents. At that same time, the cost of on-campus housing was $5,000 and board $3,000 per year. In 2011-2012, it was estimated that the cost of books and supplies was $1,400 per year.

Students can choose to enroll in 3- or 4-installment tuition payment plans. However, the entire tuition balance must be paid in full by early November for the fall semester and early March for the spring semester. The school offers work-study opportunities and scholarships. Scholarships may be awarded based on financial need or academic merit.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Under one-year certificates*
Under two-year certificates*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city - beach**
Student Body Almost 7,500 undergraduate students in 2012**
Student Housing Approximately 445 students can be accommodated in on-campus housing**
Schools and Programs Two departments and approximately 45 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Under one-year certificate: Small business administration (2)*
Under two-year certificate: HVAC maintenance technology (8)*
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (106)*
Graduation Rates 18% graduation and 17% transfer-out in 150% of normal completion time (students who began in fall 2008)*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 356 part-time and 1,006 full-time (fall 2011)***
First-Year Retention Rates 48% part-time and 54% full-time (fall 2011)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions **
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition (2012-2013) $86 per credit hour for residents; $172 per credit hour for non-residents; $129 per credit hour for qualified New England residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Federal grant aid (46%)
State/local grant aid (34%)
Institutional grant aid (3%)
Loans (51%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69% of first-year, first-time students*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Southern Maine Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106
  • Phone: (207) 741-5800
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