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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine

18 Colleges
$33,483 Avg Salary*
44% Avg Grad Rate*

Non-traditional students have to weigh their education options carefully. College Factual has developed its Top Maine Schools for Returning Adults ranking as a crucial tool you can use to help make the decision.

We analyzed 18 colleges and universities across Maine to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as degree completion, loan default rate, post graduate earnings, as well as factors important to non-traditional students such as distance learning and flexible learning options.

Non-traditional students make up the bulk of today's college students and includes anyone who is attending college part-time, a returning or transfer student, or an adult learner (over the age of 24).

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine

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Maine College of Health Professions tops this year’s ranking as the best school for non-traditional students in Maine.

The low student loan default rate of 0.8% 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%. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $292 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MCHP is $49,000 during the early years of their career.

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#2

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine

Out of the 18 schools in Maine that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, University of Southern Maine landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Portland, Maine, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $281 per credit hour. 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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Out of the 18 schools in Maine that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, University of Maine at Fort Kent landed the #3 spot on the list. University of Maine at Fort Kent is a small public school located in Fort Kent, Maine that handed out 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $239. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UMFK make an average of $33,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine list. Located in Standish, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,080. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s Maine make an average of $43,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Maine helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Maine. UMaine is a public institution located in Orono, Maine. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,739 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $300 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. 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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#6

Unity College

Unity, Maine

Unity College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine list. Unity, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 158 students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $1,040 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Unity go into careers with an average salary of $34,100 during the early years of their career.

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University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

University of Maine at Presque Isle landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking. University of Maine at Presque Isle is a small public school located in Presque Isle, Maine that handed out 148 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $239. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMPI go into careers with an average salary of $32,400 during the early years of their career.

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University of Maine at Augusta did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Augusta, Maine, the small public school awarded 414 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $239 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $27,700 a year.

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University of Maine at Farmington ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine list. Located in Farmington, Maine, the small public school handed out 372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. The school charges $281 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UMaine Farmington make an average of $36,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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University of Maine at Machias ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine list. University of Maine-Machias is a public institution located in Machias, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 74 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $239. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of Maine-Machias is $27,500 during the early years of their career.

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Kennebec Valley Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking, coming in at #11.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $94. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Kennebec Valley Community College is $29,000 during the early years of their career.

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Central Maine Community College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $94 per credit hour. During the early years of their career, graduates from Central Maine Technical College make an average of $32,100 a year.

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Eastern Maine Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking.

The school charges $94 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Eastern Maine Community College make an average of $32,400 a year.

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Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, Maine

Southern Maine Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking, coming in at #14.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $94 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SMCC is $33,900 during the early years of their career.

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Northern Maine Community College

Presque Isle, Maine

Northern Maine Community College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $94. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Northern Maine Community College make an average of $30,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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York County Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $94. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from York County Community College go into careers with an average salary of $27,800 during the early years of their career.

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Washington County Community College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $94 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Washington County Community College go into careers with an average salary of $27,900 during the early years of their career.

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#18

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

With a ranking of #18, College of the Atlantic did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Maine list. College of the Atlantic is located in Bar Harbor, Maine and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 83 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The low student loan default rate of 2.8% 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%. The school charges $1,433 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from College of the Atlantic is $24,600 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 18 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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