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2021 Best Colleges for Nursing in Maine

Nursing is a popular major and Maine is the 46th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,017 of the 296,913 Nursing diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Maine. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Nursing in Maine ranking analyzed 6 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Nursing students in Maine.

Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Colleges for Nursing in Maine The nursing program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality nursing program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Nursing graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent nursing graduates from Maine schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $61,362 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Nursing students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other nursing students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized nursing related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Nursing students in Maine.

Best Schools to Study Nursing in Maine

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study nursing.

Best Nursing Colleges in Maine

#1

University of New England

Biddeford, ME

University of New England is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a Nursing degree. UNE is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Biddeford.

Students from the nursing program at University of New England earn $3,317 more than the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Any student who is interested in nursing needs to look into Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Saint Joseph's Maine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Standish.

After graduation, nursing students usually make an average of $58,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Maine

Orono, ME

Any student who is interested in nursing needs to look into University of Maine. Located in the small suburb Orono, UMaine is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the nursing program state that they receive average early career income of $59,300.

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Husson University

Bangor, ME

Any student who is interested in nursing needs to look into Husson University. Husson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bangor.

Soon after graduating, nursing students generally make about $54,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the small city Portland, University of Southern Maine is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates of the nursing program state that they receive average early career wages of $56,000.

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UMFK is a small public school located in the rural area of Fort Kent.

Students who graduate from the nursing program make an average of $58,100 for their early career.

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Best Nursing Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Nursing Colleges in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 286 6,260
Connecticut 228 2,857
New Hampshire 205 1,982
Rhode Island 191 1,061
Vermont 186 364

Nursing is one of 34 different types of Health Professions programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 398
Allied Health Professions 341
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 288
Public Health 275
Health & Medical Administrative Services 192

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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