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.

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Bates College

Bates College Quad
Bates College Quad. reivax / Flickr

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College. Paul VanDerWerf / Flickr

Colby College

Miller LIbrary at Colby College
Miller LIbrary at Colby College. Colby Mariam / Wikimedia Commons

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine. Garden State Hiker / Flickr

Maine Maritime Academy

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: 1,045 (1,014 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

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Sebago Lake in Maine
Sebago Lake in Maine. Lizard10979 / Flickr
  • Location: Standish, Maine
  • Enrollment: 2,102 (1,504 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

University of Maine at Farmington

The University of Maine at Farmington
The University of Maine at Farmington. Wesley Fryer / Flickr

University of Maine at Orono

University of Maine
University of Maine. OlaUSAola / Flickr

University of New England

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: 8,263 (4,247 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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Calculate Your Chances of Being Admitted
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25 Top New England Colleges and Universities

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.

Top National Colleges and Universities

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

Broaden your search further by checking out these top national colleges and universities: