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2022 Best Colleges in Maine

23 Colleges
$40,227 Avg Salary*
41% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Top Maine Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 23 schools in Maine to determine which ones were the best in terms of overall quality. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on over 20 objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as student-to-faculty ratio, average graduate earnings, and graduation rate.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in Maine

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Our analysis found Bowdoin College to be the best school for overall quality in Maine in this year’s ranking. Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit institution located in Brunswick, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 666 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin make an average of $65,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Colby College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Maine. Colby is located in Waterville, Maine and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 651 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Colby make an average of $58,100 a year.

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#3

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Bates College. The school came in at #3 in Maine on this year’s overall quality ranking. Bates College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lewiston, Maine that handed out 576 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school boasts an average 4-year graduation rate of 83%, which is excellent when compared to the national rate of 33%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Bates make an average of $59,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

Out of the 23 schools in Maine that were part of this year’s ranking, Maine Maritime Academy landed the #4 spot on the list. Maine Maritime is a public institution located in Castine, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 191 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 2.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Maine Maritime is $95,600 during the early years of their career.

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#5

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of New England helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Maine. UNE is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Biddeford, Maine. It awarded 1,602 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 2.5% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UNE make an average of $46,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#6

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

University of Maine ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges in Maine list. Located in Orono, Maine, the fairly large public school awarded 2,409 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMaine is $42,500 during the early years of their career.

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With a ranking of #7, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine list. Located in Standish, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 494 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 4.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Saint Joseph’s Maine make an average of $43,400 a year.

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#8

Unity College

Unity, Maine

Unity College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges in Maine list. Unity is a private not-for-profit institution located in Unity, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 226 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Unity make an average of $34,100 a year.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Maine at Farmington did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine list. University of Maine at Farmington is a small public school located in Farmington, Maine that handed out 372 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,000 during the early years of their career..

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#10

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, Maine

Southern Maine Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #10. Located in South Portland, Maine, the medium-sized public school awarded 716 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from SMCC make an average of $33,900 a year.

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#11

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine

University of Southern Maine did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #11. University of Southern Maine is a public institution located in Portland, Maine. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,644 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from University of Southern Maine make an average of $38,700 a year.

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#12

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine

University of Maine at Fort Kent came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Maine ranking. UMFK is a small public school situated in Fort Kent, Maine. It awarded 243 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMFK go into careers with an average salary of $33,400 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Husson University

Bangor, Maine

Husson University landed the #13 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking. Located in Bangor, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 922 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

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Central Maine Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #14. Central Maine Community College is a small public school located in Auburn, Maine that handed out 408 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $32,100 during the early years of their career..

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#15

Thomas College

Waterville, Maine

Thomas College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #15. Thomas College is located in Waterville, Maine and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 253 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Thomas College go into careers with an average salary of $38,100 during the early years of their career.

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Eastern Maine Community College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges in Maine list.Bangor, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 311 students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Maine Community College go into careers with an average salary of $32,400 during the early years of their career.

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Kennebec Valley Community College landed the #17 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking. Kennebec Valley Community College is a small public school situated in Fairfield, Maine. It awarded 318 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Kennebec Valley Community College go into careers with an average salary of $29,000 during the early years of their career.

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York County Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Maine ranking. York County Community College is a public institution located in Wells, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 186 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from York County Community College is $27,800 during the early years of their career.

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#19

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

University of Maine at Presque Isle came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Maine ranking. UMPI is located in Presque Isle, Maine and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 198 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMPI is $32,400 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Northern Maine Community College

Presque Isle, Maine

Northern Maine Community College landed the #20 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking. Northern Maine Community College is a public institution located in Presque Isle, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 115 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Northern Maine Community College is $30,300 during the early years of their career.

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University of Maine at Augusta landed the #21 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking. UMA is a small public school situated in Augusta, Maine. It awarded 528 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $27,700 during the early years of their career..

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University of Maine at Machias did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #22. University of Maine-Machias is a public institution located in Machias, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 75 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $27,500 during the early years of their career..

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#23

Beal College

Bangor, Maine

With a ranking of #23, Beal College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Maine list. Beal College is a private for-profit institution located in Bangor, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 65 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 100%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Beal College make an average of $21,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 23 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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