Portland, Maine (ME) Colleges and Universities

There are a total of 14 schools located within 25 miles of Portland, Maine. The information provided here can guide you in selecting the right school for you.

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Portland, Maine, and its surrounding areas offer various educational options, including both 2-year and 4-year institutions. Using data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), find out which schools are only a short distance from the city, have large student populations, low net prices, and high graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Portland, Maine

If you want to study within about 16 miles of Portland, Maine, you have several options available to you. Out of the five closest schools, only one is a community college. These institutions all have certificate and undergraduate programs:

  • University of Southern Maine (2.4 miles)
  • Kaplan University-Maine Campus (3.1 miles)
  • Southern Maine Community College (3.1 miles)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (15.1 miles)
  • University of New England (16.1 miles)

Largest Schools Near Portland, Maine

A public institution, University of Southern Maine, has the largest student population in Portland, Maine. In Fall 2014, the total number of students were 8,428. More than half of the entire student body, 6,628 students, were undergraduates. Other schools with large student populations within the Portland area are predominantly private not-for-profit universities and colleges.

  • Southern Maine Community College (6,734 students: all undergraduates)
  • University of New England (6,429 students: 2,749 undergraduates)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (2,933 students: 1,887 undergraduates)
  • Bowdoin College (1,805 students: all undergraduates)
  • Kaplan University-Maine Campus (1,080 students: 1,029 undergraduates)

Lowest Net Price

A school's net price can be determined by subtracting the amount of financial aid full-time undergraduate students receive from the total cost of attendance. According to NCES figures for the 2014-2015 school year, the following schools had the lowest costs in Portland, Maine:

  • Southern Maine Community College ($10,860)
  • Kaplan University-Maine Campus ($15,091)
  • University of Southern Maine ($16,238)
  • Bowdoin College ($23,156)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine ($26,543)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES defines a school's graduation rate as the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who complete their programs within 150% of 'normal time' (for example, completing a 4-year bachelor's program within 6 years). In 2015, schools with the highest graduation rates in the Portland area included:

  • Bowdoin College (93%)
  • University of New England (65%)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (58%)
  • University of Southern Maine (33%)
  • Kaplan University-Maine Campus (26%)

Opting to pursue your studies in Portland, Maine, gives you several schooling options, and information from the NCES can help you with choosing the best one to suit your needs.

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