Best Small Colleges in Maine 2022

Best Small Colleges in Maine 2022

Small colleges in Maine are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

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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What are Maine’s Colleges & Universities?

Maine’s Best Overall

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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Maine is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 13 small colleges in Maine. The list below of the best small colleges in Maine. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine Maine's best small colleges and universities?

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.

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Best Small Colleges in Maine 2022

  1. #1

    Bowdoin College

    Brunswick , ME
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Bowdoin College known for?

    Bowdoin College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Physics
    • Religious Studies
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #5

    Unity College

    Unity , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Unity College known for?

    Unity College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Law
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Medical
    • Earth Sciences

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    3K

    What is University of Maine at Augusta known for?

    University of Maine at Augusta’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #7

    Thomas College

    Waterville , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Thomas College known for?

    Thomas College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #8

    Maine Maritime Academy

    Castine , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    52%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/24

    What is Maine Maritime Academy known for?

    Maine Maritime Academy’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    What is Saint Joseph's College of Maine known for?

    Saint Joseph's College of Maine’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #10

    University of Maine at Farmington

    Farmington , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    What is University of Maine at Farmington known for?

    University of Maine at Farmington’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Anthropology

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #11

    University of Maine at Presque Isle

    Presque Isle , ME

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is University of Maine at Presque Isle known for?

    University of Maine at Presque Isle’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    975/18

    What is University of Maine at Fort Kent known for?

    University of Maine at Fort Kent’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is University of Maine at Machias known for?

    University of Maine at Machias’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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Maine’s Best Small College in Your Area of Interest

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. Bowdoin College
  2. Bates College
  3. College of the Atlantic
  4. Colby College
  5. Unity College
  6. University of Maine at Farmington
  7. Maine Maritime Academy
  8. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  9. Thomas College

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