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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine

28 Colleges
$39,791 Avg Salary*
43% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

If you're seeking a diverse and multi-faceted college experience, you've come to the right place. The following rankings were designed specifically to help students discover Maine schools that value diversity.

We analyzed 28 colleges and universities across Maine to determine which were the most diverse. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Maine

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#1

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Our analysis found Bowdoin College to be the most diverse school in Maine in this year’s ranking. Bowdoin College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Brunswick, Maine that handed out 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $65,500 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

A rank of #2 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list means Colby College is a great place for students who value diversity. Colby College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Waterville, Maine that handed out 608 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.96% of the students come from out of the country. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $58,100 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Out of the 28 schools in Maine that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Bates College landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Lewiston, Maine, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 565 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $59,200 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Unity College

Unity, Maine

The excellent diversity at Unity College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Maine. Unity is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Unity, Maine. It awarded 158 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Unity go into careers with an average salary of $34,100.

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#5

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

The excellent diversity at University of Maine helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Maine. Located in Orono, Maine, the fairly large , public school handed out 1,739 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UMaine make an average of $42,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#6

Thomas College

Waterville, Maine

Thomas College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #6. Thomas College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waterville, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 202 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#7

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine

With a ranking of #7, University of Southern Maine did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. Portland, Maine is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,123 students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 43% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern Maine make an average of $38,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

Maine College of Art

Portland, Maine

With a ranking of #8, Maine College of Art did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Maine, and it awarded 73 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from MECA „ Meca „ Portland School of Art make an average of $27,700 a year.

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#9

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, Maine

Coming in at #9 for 2021 overall diversity in Maine is SMCC. Located in South Portland, Maine, SMCC is a medium-sized public school.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from SMCC make an average of $33,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#10

Husson University

Bangor, Maine

With a ranking of #10, Husson University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Bangor, Maine, and it awarded 500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 59% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score.

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Washington County Community College ranked #11 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. A small institution, Washington County Community College is public.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Washington County Community College make an average of $27,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#12

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

College of the Atlantic landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking. Located in Bar Harbor, Maine, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 83 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

25.32% of the students come from out of the country. During the early years of their career, graduates from College of the Atlantic make an average of $24,600 a year.

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Central Maine Community College ranked #13 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. Located in Auburn, Maine, Central Maine Technical College is a small public school.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Central Maine Technical College is $32,100 during the early years of their career.

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#14

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

With a ranking of #14, University of New England did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. UNE is a private not-for-profit institution located in Biddeford, Maine. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 36% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNE is $46,300 during the early years of their career.

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#15

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

With a ranking of #15, University of Maine at Presque Isle did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. Located in Presque Isle, Maine, the small , public school handed out 148 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 40% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. 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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#16

Northern Maine Community College

Presque Isle, Maine

Northern Maine Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking. Northern Maine Community College is a small public school located in Presque Isle, Maine.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Northern Maine Community College go into careers with an average salary of $30,300.

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Coming in at #17 for 2021 overall diversity in Maine is Eastern Maine Community College. Located in Bangor, Maine, Eastern Maine Community College is a small public school.

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

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Saint Joseph’s College of Maine landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking. Saint Joseph’s Maine is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Standish, Maine. It awarded 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,400 during the early years of their career.

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#19

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, Maine

University of Maine at Farmington landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking. UMaine Farmington is a public institution located in Farmington, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMaine Farmington is $36,000 during the early years of their career.

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University of Maine at Machias did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Machias, Maine, the small , public school handed out 74 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 49% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from University of Maine-Machias make an average of $27,500 a year.

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#21

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine

If you crave a diverse college experience, UMFK, coming in at #21 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. UMFK is located in Fort Kent, Maine and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 32% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMFK go into careers with an average salary of $33,400.

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University of Maine at Augusta landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking. UMA is located in Augusta, Maine and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 414 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 23% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMA go into careers with an average salary of $27,700.

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York County Community College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #23. A small institution, York County Community College is public.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from York County Community College make an average of $27,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#24

The Landing School

Arundel, Maine

The Landing School did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine ranking, coming in at #24. A small institution, The Landing School of Boatbuilding & Design is private not-for-profit.

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#25

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

With a ranking of #25, Maine Maritime Academy did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maine list. Castine, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 207 students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Maine Maritime make an average of $95,600 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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).

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