Maine’s Most Affordable Colleges and Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Maine. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Maine’s Most Affordable Colleges and Universities of 2021

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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How do we determine Maine's most affordable colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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

We’ve identified 9 affordable colleges and universities in Maine, all of which satisfies the following conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. It must have stated tuition and fees must be under $16,000/year.

Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Maine

  1. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    28%

    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:

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

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  2. 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:

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

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  3. 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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. 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
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology

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  5. Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/22

    What is University of Southern Maine known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice

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  6. 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
    • Business
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Earth Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
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  7. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    What is University of Maine known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  8. 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
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  9. What is Andover College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Business
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
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