Best Community Colleges in Maine 2022

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Maine offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Best Community Colleges in Maine 2022

Colleges and Universities in Maine

At $9,970, Maine is right on target with the national average, making the state an affordable choice for those looking to receive an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. The 16 public colleges and universities range in tuition from $4,000 to $14,000. The 10 private schools tend to cost more, ranging from $27,000 to $55,000, though the class sizes are often much smaller. The largest private university is the University of New England, with just under 6,000 students, and a tuition of $38,000.

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The University of Maine (UMaine), with just under 10,000 students, is the largest public school, with a tuition rate of $11,000. Based in Orono, the public research university offers degrees in fields like literature, earth sciences, and physics. Stephen King and Bernard Lown are among the influential alumni who attended this school. The cost for higher education in Maine varies, but the state offers loan forgiveness programs for many professions, including dentists, lawyers, educators, health professionals, and veterinarians. The Alfond Leaders program forgives up to $60,000 for residents working in eligible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.

The northernmost state in New England, Maine is known for its fishing, quaint coastal towns, and of course, lobster. Maine is also home to over 60 lighthouses. Students looking to earn their degree while living in a state that has both ocean beaches and lush forests can choose from 26 private and public higher education institutions.

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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 8 community colleges in Maine. The following list shows the best community colleges and primarily associate degree granting colleges in Maine.

Best Community Colleges in Maine

  1. #1

    Northern Maine Community College

    Presque Isle , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Northern Maine Community College known for?

    Northern Maine Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Education
  2. #2

    Southern Maine Community College

    South Portland , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Southern Maine Community College known for?

    Southern Maine Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Central Maine Community College known for?

    Central Maine Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Kennebec Valley Community College known for?

    Kennebec Valley Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
  5. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Eastern Maine Community College known for?

    Eastern Maine Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Education
  6. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is York County Community College known for?

    York County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Beal University

    Bangor , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Beal University known for?

    Beal University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Medical
  8. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Washington County Community College known for?

    Washington County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Eastern Maine Community College
  2. Northern Maine Community College
  3. Kennebec Valley Community College
  4. Central Maine Community College
  5. Washington County Community College
  6. Southern Maine Community College
  7. York County Community College
  8. Beal University

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