SAT and ACT Scores for Admission to Maine Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT and ACT Admissions Data for Maine Colleges

Bates College Quad
Bates College Quad. reivax / Flickr

If you don't like standardized tests or if you didn't do well on the SAT or ACT, Maine has some good news for you. Many of Maine's top colleges are test-optional and don't require standardized test scores. This is true even for Bowdoin College, the state's most selective college. Other schools have either open admissions or an admissions bar that isn't unreasonably high. In the table below, you'll find SAT scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students.

Maine Colleges SAT Scores (mid 50%)

Reading
25%
Reading
75%
Math 25% Math 75% Writing
25%
Writing
75%
Bates College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Bowdoin College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Colby College 630 725 640 745
College of the Atlantic test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Husson University 430 530 430 540
Maine Maritime Academy 450 560 480 580
New England School of Communications test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine 420 520 390 500
Thomas College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Unity College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
University of Maine at Augusta open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions
University of Maine at Farmington test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
University of Maine at Machias test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
University of Maine at Orono 470 590 480 600
University of New England 470 570 470 580
University of Southern Maine 440 550 430 540

Maine, like all schools in the Northeast, is dominated by students who take the SAT instead of the ACT. At the University of Maine's main campus in Orono, for example, 93% of applicants submitted SAT scores and just 15% submitted ACT scores. That said, you are welcome to submit scores from either exam (or both exams), so feel free to use ACT scores if that's your preferred exam. The table below shows ACT score data for students admitted to Maine's four-year colleges:

Maine Colleges ACT Scores (mid 50%)

Composite
25%
Composite
75%
English
25%
English
75%
Math 25% Math 75%
Bates College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Bowdoin College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Colby College 30 33 30 34 27 32
College of the Atlantic test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Husson University 17 23 16 23 17 24
Maine Maritime Academy 19 25 19 24 21 27
New England School of Communications test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine 20 23 19 24 17 25
Thomas College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
Unity College test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
University of Maine at Augusta open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions
University of Maine at Farmington test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
University of Maine at Machias test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional test-optional
University of Maine at Orono 21 26 20 25 20 26
University of New England 20 29 19 27 20 27
University of Southern Maine 19 25 17 24 18 25

If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these Maine colleges. Keep in mind that 25% of enrolled students have SAT and ACT scores below those listed, so don't view that lower number as any kind of cut-off. Also remember that SAT and ACT scores are just one part of an application. A strong academic record is going to be the most important piece of your application, so good grades in challenging college preparatory classes will play an extremely important part in the admissions decisions. Also, at some of the more selective colleges in the table, the admissions officers will also want to see a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and positive letters of recommendation. If you glow in any of these areas, that can help compensate for SAT or ACT scores that aren't ideal.

If your college search isn't limited to Maine, be sure to check out the SAT and ACT data for colleges and universities in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. New England provides you with a wealth of options for higher education.

data from the National Center for Educational Statistics