Top Maine Colleges

Learn about the Top Colleges and Universities in Maine

Water lovers take note—you'll be hard-pressed to find a Maine college that isn't located near a lake, river, or the Atlantic. Several of the top picks for the state have ocean-front campuses. Maine is particularly strong when it comes to liberal arts colleges, but you will also find a couple comprehensive universities and public institutions on the list.

The selected schools range in size from a few hundred students to over 10,000, and the admissions standards vary greatly. Bowdoin College is one of the most selective colleges in the country while the University of Maine at Farmington admits the great majority of applicants. Selection criteria include retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, value, student engagement, and notable curricular strengths. The schools are listed alphabetically rather than forcing them into any kind of artificial ranking (indeed, trying to rank a school like the College of the Atlantic with the University of Maine would be an exercise in ridiculousness).

For a quick visual of how these main colleges compare on the admissions front, be sure to look at the table of SAT scores for Maine colleges and the corresponding article on ACT Scores for Maine Colleges.

Will You Get In? See if you have the grades and test scores you need to get into any of the top Maine colleges with this free tool from Cappex: Calculate Your Chances for Top Maine Colleges

Bates College Quad
Bates College Quad. reivax / Flickr
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Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College. Paul VanDerWerf / Flickr
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Miller LIbrary at Colby College
Miller LIbrary at Colby College. Colby Mariam / Wikimedia Commons
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Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine. Garden State Hiker / Flickr
  • Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Enrollment: 348 (338 undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: environmental liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the country's best colleges for sustainability (campus is carbon-neutral); 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 12; beautiful ocean-front location; test-optional admissions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the College of the Atlantic profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for COA admissions
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The State of Maine - Maine Maritime Academy's training ship
The State of Maine - Maine Maritime Academy's training ship. nightthree / Flickr
  • Location: Castine, Maine
  • Enrollment: 1,028 (991 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public institution
  • Distinctions: curricular focus on engineering, management, science and transportation; ocean-front location; fleet of 60 vessels including the 500-foot State of Maine; strong engineering and co-op programs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Maine Maritime Academy profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for MMA admissions
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Sebago Lake in Maine
Sebago Lake in Maine. Lizard10979 / Flickr
  • Location: Standish, Maine
  • Enrollment: 2,581 (1,719 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private Catholic liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: attractive location on Sebago Lake; 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 17; strong study abroad and internship programs; good online options for graduate programs; nearly all students receive grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Saint Joseph's College of Maine profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for SJC admissions
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The University of Maine at Farmington
The University of Maine at Farmington. Wesley Fryer / Flickr
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University of Maine
University of Maine. OlaUSAola / Flickr
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University of New England College of Pharmacy in Portland
University of New England College of Pharmacy in Portland. BMRR / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Biddeford, Maine
  • Enrollment: 7,794 (3,800 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: 540-acre campus with 4,000 feet of ocean-front property; 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; a second 41-acre campus in Portland; strong programs in biological and health-related fields; good grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the University of New England profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for UNE admissions
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Brown University
Brown University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you're interested in colleges in Maine, you may also like some of the colleges in neighboring states. Be sure to check out these 25 top New England colleges and universities. More »

Cornell University Sage Hall
Cornell University Sage Hall. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

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