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Colleges in Maine

25 colleges
15,610 yearly degrees
$17,390 average yearly in-state tuition
$28,541 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. Maine colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $17,390, while students attending out-of-state may pay something more like $20,939.

An estimated 58% of college students in Maine take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,135.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

University of Maine

Orono, Maine
Public public vs private
2,420 yearly awards
$17,074 net cost

There are approximately 11,240 students at UMaine in total, 8,204 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UMaine undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $8,899. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UMaine with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,500 after graduation.

#2

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,800 yearly awards
$33,183 net cost

There are 2,361 full-time undergraduates at UNE, and 8,281 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UNE. The freshman retention rate is 78%.

81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

84% of UNE students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $12,007. UNE has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$46,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from UNE earns.

#3

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine
Public public vs private
1,740 yearly awards
$11,582 net cost

The total student population at University of Southern Maine is 7,794, of which 3,901 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Southern Maine undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly, 62% of students at University of Southern Maine take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $6,748. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern Maine earns $38,700.

#4

Husson University

Bangor, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
950 yearly awards
$19,280 net cost

There are 2,306 full-time undergraduates at Husson, and 3,648 students altogether. It takes the average Husson undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly, 73% of students at Husson take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,655. The student loan default rate of 7.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $0.

#5

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, Maine
Public public vs private
820 yearly awards
$11,436 net cost

The total student population at Southern Maine Community College is 5,972, of which 2,417 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $4,348. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from SMCC is $33,900.

#6

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
670 yearly awards
$22,810 net cost

There are approximately 1,816 students at Bowdoin in total, 1,813 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 14%. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

18% of Bowdoin students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,550. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $65,500.

Private not-for-profit public vs private
640 yearly awards
$25,367 net cost

The total student population at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is 2,291, of which 960 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Saint Joseph - s Maine. The freshman retention rate is 82%.

80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Roughly, 91% of students at Saint Joseph - s Maine take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $10,146. Saint Joseph - s Maine has a 2.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$43,400 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Saint Joseph - s Maine earns.

#8

Colby College

Waterville, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
640 yearly awards
$20,739 net cost

There are 1,917 full-time undergraduates at Colby, and 1,917 students altogether. It takes the average Colby undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 16%. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,000. Colby has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for Colby with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $58,100 after graduation.

Public public vs private
600 yearly awards
$12,011 net cost

There are approximately 4,014 students at UMA in total, 1,317 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UMA undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

55% of UMA students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,974. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from UMA is $27,700.

#10

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
560 yearly awards
$25,192 net cost

The total student population at Bates College is 1,787, of which 1,787 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Bates undergraduate about 4 years to complete their degree.

About 22% of students who apply get accepted. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

23% of Bates students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,255. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Bates earns $59,200.

Public public vs private
480 yearly awards
$8,551 net cost

There are 1,180 full-time undergraduates at Central Maine Technical College, and 2,945 students altogether.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,389. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Central Maine Technical College earns $32,100.

Public public vs private
460 yearly awards
$10,720 net cost

There are approximately 2,567 students at Eastern Maine Community College in total, 1,145 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 48% of students at Eastern Maine Community College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,362. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Eastern Maine Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,400 after graduation.

#13

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, Maine
Public public vs private
440 yearly awards
$13,827 net cost

There are 1,673 full-time undergraduates at UMaine Farmington, and 2,080 students altogether. It takes the average UMaine Farmington undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly, 78% of students at UMaine Farmington take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,887. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from UMaine Farmington is $36,000.

Public public vs private
390 yearly awards
$9,811 net cost

There are approximately 2,554 students at Kennebec Valley Community College in total, 565 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 40% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,156. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$29,000 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Kennebec Valley Community College earns.

#15

Northeast Technical Institute

Scarborough, Maine
Private for-profit public vs private
280 yearly awards
$19,460 net cost

The total student population at Northeast Technical Institute is 351, of which 191 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Northeast Technical Institute. The freshman retention rate is 85%.

57% of Northeast Technical Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,369. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $0.

#16

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine
Public public vs private
260 yearly awards
$23,460 net cost

The total student population at Maine Maritime Academy is 1,037, of which 989 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Maine Maritime. The freshman retention rate is 77%.

80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 85% of accepted students are men, and 15% are women.

Roughly, 80% of students at Maine Maritime take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $12,994. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Maine Maritime earns $95,600.

Public public vs private
230 yearly awards
$8,543 net cost

There are approximately 1,708 students at York County Community College in total, 399 of which are full-time undergraduates.

25% of York County Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,291. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from York County Community College is $27,800.

#17

Thomas College

Waterville, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
230 yearly awards
$21,647 net cost

There are 774 full-time undergraduates at Thomas College, and 1,802 students altogether. It takes the average Thomas College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 90% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $8,488. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 11.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $38,100.

#19

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine
Public public vs private
220 yearly awards
$12,228 net cost

The total student population at University of Maine at Fort Kent is 1,760, of which 582 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UMFK undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

97% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

62% of UMFK students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,956. The student loan default rate of 8.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for UMFK with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,400 after graduation.

#20

Kaplan University - Maine Campus

S Portland, Maine
Public public vs private
180 yearly awards
$ net cost

There are approximately 627 students at Kaplan University - Maine Campus in total, 70 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, % of students at Kaplan University - Maine Campus take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$33,900 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Kaplan University - Maine Campus earns.

#21

Northern Maine Community College

Presque Isle, Maine
Public public vs private
170 yearly awards
$9,413 net cost

There are 421 full-time undergraduates at Northern Maine Community College, and 841 students altogether.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,310. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $30,300.

#22

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine
Public public vs private
150 yearly awards
$9,892 net cost

There are 716 full-time undergraduates at UMPI, and 1,414 students altogether. It takes the average UMPI undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,243. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMPI earns $32,400.

#23

Unity College

Unity, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
150 yearly awards
$24,842 net cost

There are approximately 733 students at Unity in total, 694 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Unity undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

87% of Unity students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $9,405. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Unity is $34,100.

#24

Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine
Private for-profit public vs private
150 yearly awards
$13,048 net cost

The total student population at Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook is 183, of which 133 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook. The freshman retention rate is 82%.

Roughly, 63% of students at Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,547. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$24,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook earns.

#25

Maine College of Art

Portland, Maine
Private not-for-profit public vs private
140 yearly awards
$29,629 net cost

The total student population at Maine College of Art is 517, of which 430 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average MECA „ Meca „ Portland School of Art undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 23% of accepted students are men, and 77% are women.

Roughly, 85% of students at MECA „ Meca „ Portland School of Art take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $10,266. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average.

Students who graduate for MECA „ Meca „ Portland School of Art with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,700 after graduation.

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