Colleges in Maine

Colleges in Maine

Claiming the spot as the easternmost state, Maine has warm summers and severe winters. Known for its jagged coastline and seafood, it’s fitting that most colleges in this state are clustered around the Gulf of Maine. The Pine Tree State has a mix of public and private institutions, with only one for-profit college. There are thirteen baccalaureate-conferring institutions, the oldest being Bowdoin College, which also claims the status of most prestigious. When it comes to the economy, top industries include finance, insurance, real estate, and rental/leasing. Government, educational services, and the manufacturing of paper and wood products follow those. Popular attractions in Maine include Acadia National Park, Kennebunkport, and the Portland Museum of Art.
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University of New England

With campus situated a short distance from Saco Bay, The University of New England is a 4-year institution in coastal Maine and the largest private university in the state. UNE is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy,...

“…The University of New England is definitely a great college. The connections I have made in my one year are incredible. Everyone here is very helpful, and they offer many resources for you in order to make sure you succeed.” – Kayla from Clifton Park, NY

University of Maine

Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UMaine system. UMaine encompasses colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, Education, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring degrees in almost 100...

“…The University of Maine has been a great experience for me, though it is definitely what you make of it. There is, in my opinion, the perfect amount of students and there are many opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new people. There is...” – Rebecca from Oxford, ME

Bowdoin College

Located near the Androscoggin River and Casco Bay, Bowdoin College is a 4-year liberal arts college in coastal Maine. With a focus on using education for the common good, Bowdoin offers undergraduate degrees in over 30 majors. Additionally, Bowdoin...

“…A small school with a liberal student body that is very focused on academics. Most students are on varsity sports teams or clubs. The food is so good.” – Samuel from South China, ME

Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is a 4-year institution in Waterville, Maine, that serves only undergraduates. The test-optional school promises to meet 100% of demonstrated need through the Colby Commitment so that “the most talented students from...

“…colby perfectly encompasses the liberal arts with plenty of research and internship opportunities. the campus, people, and staff/faculty are all truly beautiful on the inside and out. people are constantly looking out for you, while still keeping a...” – Bridget from Eliot, ME

Bates College

Founded in 1855 by a group of abolitionists, Bates College is a liberal arts college in southern Maine with a focus on social justice and egalitarianism. Bates confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic majors and students have the option to pursue...

“…Bates College is the place that I now call home. Academic integrity, athletic excellence, and the all-around amazing people that make up the student body and faculty here make it a wonderful place to spend my undergraduate years.” – Christian from Newburyport, MA

University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is a public institution with three regional campuses. USM confers bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and is one of two universities in the state to offer an ABET accredited Computer Science degree program. USM...

“…usm is a great school that is often taken for granted. there are tons of opportunities available once you become involved in the community. usm is also known to have some of the best programs around, in certain majors.” – Jenae

Husson University

Originally founded as a school of teaching and telegraphy, Husson University is a 4-year private university in coastal Maine with a focus on the sciences and humanities. Husson is home to five colleges, of Health, Pharmacy, Business, Communications,...

“…It's a great campus environment for the students. The faculty is really great at working around with each student. You don't have to feel alone going through college if your struggling.” – Katherine from Charleston, ME

Unity College

Unity College, “America’s Environmental College,” is located in Unity, Maine, and was founded in 1965. Sitting within three climate zones, UC is comprised of 225 acres and features a liberal arts education in environmentally focused majors....

“…If I had to rate Unity College and it was out of 10, I would give it a 10 because I love the small-based community that Unity has for students. You pretty much know everybody at Unity College and there is a lot of events that go on for everyone to do...” – Zachary from Athens, ME

With a campus that runs alongside the scenic Kennebec River, Thomas College is a 4-year institution in central Maine specializing in business education. In addition to bachelor’s degree programs in Finance and Accounting, Thomas also offers two...

“…thomas college is a great priviate business college. it really foucus on your major and helps you get the best education. it also has a very friendly and helpful staff.” – Nicole from New Durham, NH

College of the Atlantic is a private, 4-year institution established in Bar Harbor, Maine. The campus features a variety of facilities unique to the environment, such as the Beech Hill and Peggy Rockefeller Farms. All students enrolling in COA create...

“…Built to let you find your own way to your own passion. Wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and a national park, it's the perfect setting for experiential learning. This is a school of Human Ecology, and it's up to the students to make that phrase do...” – Alex from Cedarburg, WI

The University of Maine at Farmington is a public, 4-year institution, and is associated with the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Located on a 55-acre campus among the mountains and lakes in the western region of Maine, the college boasts a...

“…The campus is amazing, you can feel close to nature and isolated, or suburban and connected to the world - depending on where you feel like walking. The teachers care about their students and you can tell, you can stay after class for as long as you...” – Rachel from Farmington, ME

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy is a public college with a campus overlooking the Castine Harbor in Maine. The school provides hands-on technical training aboard commercial vessels, the Schooner Bowdoin, and the Training Ship State of Maine. Students can...

“…A very career oriented school that offers a lot of hands-on classes. You hear nothing but good things about the school. The student help center here is very helpful!” – Michael from Berwick, ME

Southern Maine Community College is a public, 2-year institution established primarily in the city of South Portland, with a satellite campus located in Brunswick. The college offers over 40 academic programs in five different divisions of study...

“…SMCC is a friendly environment with many pluses as to why you should attend. They have a wide variety of degrees and jobs on campus. They are also located on the scenic Maine ocean and it is a very clean environment.” – Travis from Livermore, ME

The University of Maine at Augusta is the flagship campus of UM and is located in the state capital. All of UMA’s academic buildings are centered around the campus green, a large circular open space for students to congregate when the weather allows...

“…i really enjoy attending school here. its small enough that getting to know people throughout the year is easy. also, the opportunities available here are great! ” – anonymous

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Saint Joseph's College of Maine is a liberal arts college that was founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy, and it is the only Catholic college in Maine. The Mercy tradition is encouraged at Saint Joseph’s through volunteering, service trips, Respect...

“…faculty and staff very helpful and easy to get ahold of, want you to succeed. extremely expensive. beautiful campus with many activities for everyone.” – Rose from Jay, ME

Located a few miles from the Gulf of Maine, the University of Maine at Machias is a liberal arts college and a regional campus in the UM system. UM Machias is home to eleven 4-year majors including programs in Marine Biology and Recreation and...

“…Machias feels like home. It is a small campus in a beautiful area. You will know everyone on campus. ” – Rachael from Pembroke, ME

With a campus adjacent to the Northern Maine Woods, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is a regional campus of UM in a pastoral setting in the northeast part of the state. US News & World Report repeatedly lauds UMPI, ranking it number 14 on its...

“…This school feels like its own little community, and I absolutely love how welcoming it is. The faculty and staff work hard to not only please the students, but to also create lasting relationships. The friends I have made here within my first year...” – Nicole

Maine College of Art

Founded in 1882, the Maine College of Art is a private school of art and design in coastal Maine. Situated in the Arts District of Portland, MECA confers bachelor’s degrees in 11 artistic majors including Photography, Ceramics, and Illustration. In...

“…Welcoming with a small community atmosphere. It is a feeling of being in a small town in the middle of a big city. Everyone is super friendly and inviting from staff to students. ” – Patrick from Brunswick, ME

With a campus adjacent to Lake Auburn, Central Maine Community College is a 2-year institution serving three counties. CMCC offers degrees and certificates in over 30 academic fields of study and its programs in Accounting, Business Administration,...

“…central maine community college is a great two year school. this is my first semester and everyone is so helpful. i have mostly a's in my classes and my professors are always willing to help improve my grades” – Daysi from New York, NY

Featuring a 72 acre campus, Eastern Maine Community College is a 2-year college in Bangor. EMCC is home to over 30 degree and certificate-granting programs of study including Fine Woodworking & Cabinet Making and Diesel, Truck, & Heavy Equipment. The...

“…good college, good teachers.” – Anjelica from Bangor, ME

Ensconced in the St. John Valley, the University of Maine at Fort Kent is a rural institution serving a diverse student body featuring a higher percentage of international students than any New England university. UMFK offers a number of academic...

“…The University of Maine at Fort Kent is a school of great opportunity for nurses planning on working when they get out of school. The education expectations of nursing students is extremely important because, when we go out in the working field it is...” – Kapricemari from Woodville, ME

Kennebec Valley Community College is a 2-year college in central Maine. KVCC offers degrees and certificates in over 30 academic fields of study and four such programs are available entirely online. For students looking to earn a 4-year degree, KVCC...

“…Being an older student I am comfortable attending KVCC, they go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable. They have other students available should you need extra help. They arrange a Community Day for new students in which they take you...” – Cheryl from Fairfield, ME

Established in 1994, York County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Wells, Maine. YCCC offers nearly 30 associate’s degree programs and 10 certificate programs in a variety of career-oriented fields of study, including many...

“…york county community college is a very student oriented college. the classes are small, which are nice, especially when students need assistance. the counselors and teachers are very driven toward student success.” – Gwendolyn from Acton, ME

Established in 1969, Washington County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located on a 400-acre campus alongside the St. Croix River in Calais, Maine. WCCC offers certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in 20 career-oriented...

“…This college is a small, quiet school, with many opportunities. This College ranges from Culinary to Auto Mechanic. Also WCCC has a spectacular view of the St. Croix river right in front of there Campus.” – Christopher from Calais, ME

Established in 1961, Northern Maine Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Presque Isle. NMCC offers nearly 40 career-technical degree and certificate programs across six academic departments, preparing students for job...

“…northern maine community college is a great college, it's a great environment to be around most everybody gets along and works together to get problems solved. the food hear is great and one of the cleanest colleges i have been to. the athletics here...” – spencer from Jackman, ME

The Maine College of Health Professions is a school of medicine and healthcare in southern Maine. The college offers bachelor’s and associate degree programs in Nursing as well as associate degrees in Radiologic Technology and Health Sciences....

“…I just finished my first week here as a student and am very excited to see what the future holds for myself and my classmates. The faculty makes it fun and easy to learn in a safe environment and encourage students to learn from each other and...” – Kaylee from Lisbon, ME

The Landing School is a marine industry training institution focusing on boat building and design. Located on coastal Maine, The Landing School is the only place on the globe to offer programs in Yacht Design, Marine Systems, Wood Boat Building, and...

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is a fine arts graduate school designed for students who wish to earn a degree beyond an MFA. The IDSVA confers a 3-year PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory which combines distance...

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