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 courses are designed to challenge you to every extent. Teachers use up the time they have to teach you new and exciting things, sometimes they do go over. The classes here do help you thrive in the real world, especially with getting job in your...” – Geneva from Palos Heights, IL

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...

“…UMaine is a very welcoming community that embraces diversity. It has a beautiful campus that is full of many activities to take part in. And UMaine is innovative, it is working hard toward many sources green technology and other research.” – Stephanie

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...

“…I am definitely learning here at Colby. Even after coming from a very good private school in the southeast, math and science continue to be a challenge for me. There are so many different types of classes and ideas just floating around the campus....” – Kristen from Atlanta, GA

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...

“…The opportunities that Bates offers to its students are endless, from the arts to the sciences and to athletics. Every student is welcomed with open arms. The small classes offer great relationships with Professors as well as your fellow classmates,...” – Logan from South Berwick, ME

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...

“…i love it here! the hills on the gorham campus are tough on your legs but it's worth it. the community is very accepting of everyone!” – Jessica from Manchester, NH

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,...

“…Husson university is a wonderful place to attend. It is nestled in a small city and in a friendly environment. Another plus is that the shopping area is a 5 min walk from campus.” – Dennis from Dover Foxcroft, 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....

“…Unity College is perfect for those who love the outdoors, who seek adventure, and who love everything science and nature have to offer. Even if you aren't outdoorsy (like myself) but you would like to be- Unity helps you get there! If you are an avid...” – Alexandria from Sandy Hook, CT

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...

“…i like thomas college because it is a small school. the teacher to student ratio is good. they also have alot of planned activities.” – Cody from Parkman, ME

College of the Atlantic

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...

“…UMF is a great place for students that enjoy a modern and diverse lifestyle. There are many different kinds of people here, some from as far away as California and many foreign exchange students. The community and the professors are very supportive...” – Tori from Turner, 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...

“…I am definitely learning. The course load definitely pushes you to be constantly learning, and people here take around 18 credits plus noncredit courses such as labs for chemistry, nautical science, physics, in addition to other courses and classes...” – Philep from Bolton, CT

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...

“…The teachers here at SMCC give a real life prospective on what you are going to see out in the field. At times they will throw a lot of valuable information at you, but it is well needed information for your success at SMCC.” – Stephen from Freeport, 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...

“…My experience has been rewarding. I have learned a lot of valuable information so far. I look forward to the rest of my program.” – Sakenua from Thonotosassa, FL

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...

“…The University of Maine at Machias has small classes which are perfect for learning. You really get the help that you need from professors. At UMM, professors know who you are and can help you receive the grades you want to achieve. The professors...” – Second Year Student

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...

“…Despite being a small rural school, UMPI offers a lot of great courses to its students especially those going into the field of education, ranging from English to Recreation and Phys. Ed. ” – Mika from Van Buren, ME

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...

“…Reading from other reviews, I know I'll learn a lot, not only in Illustration, but in other forms of art too. They have an awesome Foundations program, and just by reading the curriculum, I know I'm going to learn more and more about art.” – Ana from the Southern Realms of Jersey

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 place to jump start your college career at an affordable price. The classroom environment for any student going to college the first time, whether you're young or old, is fantastic.” – Dartanyan from Minot, ME

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...

“…Imagine a college where the faculty knows you on a personal level, the price is extremely affordable, and the education is so valuable you can't put a price on it! I attended EMCC for two years, and it was an overall positive experience. For anyone...” – Holliann from Waite, 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...

“…I really enjoy attending UMFK. There is so much to do there with many activities that goes on. The professors are extremely helpful.” – Mariah from Byron, 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...

“…This school has a physical therapist assistant program which is what I am planning on attending if I get accepted. The class sizes are small and there are hands on programs at professional facilities that I think will be very helpful.” – Suzanne from Wiscasset, 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...

“…NMCC is dedicated to helping students succeed with multiple resources, including mentoring, tutoring and an Academic Success Center. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful. There are many programs to choose from.” – Angela from Houlton, 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....

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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