Maine Colleges Summary

The state of Maine offers students multiple ways to obtain a quality postsecondary education.

The University of Maine system is the largest organization of universities and colleges in Maine. It consists of seven institutions — many with multiple campus locations — and has an annual enrollment of more than 40,000 students. The University of Maine at Orona, founded in 1868, is the state's public research university and the largest college in the system.

The Maine Community College System serves almost 17,000 students in the state. It consists of seven two-year institutions with six additional off-campus educational centers that offer more than 300 degree programs and certificates. Each college offers online classes, and four colleges offer fully online degree programs. Many Maine students also pursue online degrees from colleges in other states through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

There are 21 accredited private universities and colleges in Maine; six out-of-state colleges are approved to operate in Maine.

The state is home to the Maine Maritime Academy, a public college of engineering, transportation, management and science.

Education Initiatives in Maine

Bring College to ME is a statewide initiative to bring higher education to underserved parts of the state in order to boost college graduation rates. Programs offered include emergency medical services, early childhood education, and medical assisting.

The state's "Expanding Access, Increasing Participation" program also aims to increase college participation and degree completion by allowing students to enroll in college classes while they're still in high school.

Students can check the Maine Department of Education website for additional information.


  • About the Maine Maritime Academy,
  • About the System, University of Maine system,
  • Early College Opportunities for Maine Students, Maine Department of Education, Accessed May 2018,
  • MCCS Initiatives, Maine Community College System, Accessed May 2018,
  • Spring 2017 enrollment, University of Maine System, Page 5,

Education Institutes in Maine
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Maine
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
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Colleges and Universities in Maine
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of MaineOrono11,240Four or more years$10,902227
University of New EnglandBiddeford8,281Four or more years$36,53049
University of Southern MainePortland7,794Four or more years$8,638174
Southern Maine Community CollegeSouth Portland5,972At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,71056
University of Maine at AugustaAugusta4,014Four or more years$7,80851
Husson UniversityBangor3,648Four or more years$17,56166
Central Maine Community CollegeAuburn2,945At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,66037
Eastern Maine Community CollegeBangor2,567At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,74748
Kennebec Valley Community CollegeFairfield2,554At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,75736
Saint Joseph's College of MaineStandish2,291Four or more years$34,61048
University of Maine at FarmingtonFarmington2,080Four or more years$9,45840
Colby CollegeWaterville1,917Four or more years$53,12053
Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick1,816Four or more years$51,84848
Thomas CollegeWaterville1,802Four or more years$26,11025
Bates CollegeLewiston1,787Four or more years$52,04239