2022 best colleges in Maine best-colleges

Home to some of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Maine provides a welcoming retreat for students seeking quality education in a quiet setting. Besides a beautiful campus, the University of Maine is known for its thriving student nightlife scene and the only Division I sports teams in the state. For students with special interests, Maine is home to an array of specialized schools. Among these is The Landing School, the oldest operating school in boat building and design and the first and only school globally to offer accredited programs in the field.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Maine

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

Admission rate: 11%

Grad rate: 91%

Net cost: $17,777

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $71,127

Vs. state average: + $23,861

Economic score: 1.25

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#2 in Maine

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 74%

Net cost: $23,239

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $72,837

Vs. state average: + $25,571

Economic score: 1.29

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#3 in Maine

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Admission rate: 10%

Grad rate: 95%

Net cost: $21,910

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $66,864

Vs. state average: + $19,598

Economic score: 1.80

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#4 in Maine

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Admission rate: 15%

Grad rate: 89%

Net cost: $29,321

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $64,706

Vs. state average: + $17,440

Economic score: 2.07

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#5 in Maine

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $12,339

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $49,223

Vs. state average: + $1,957

Economic score: 2.18

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#6 in Maine

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

Admission rate: 93%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $17,558

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $44,376

Vs. state average: - $2,890

Economic score: 3.91

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#7 in Maine

Husson University

Bangor, Maine

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $18,286

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $43,582

Vs. state average: - $3,684

Economic score: 4.38

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#8 in Maine

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Admission rate: 99%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $10,637

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $35,807

Vs. state average: - $11,459

Economic score: 5.03

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#9 in Maine

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $20,048

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $42,816

Vs. state average: - $4,450

Economic score: 5.70

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#10 in Maine

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $34,118

Payback: 5.8 Years

Earnings: $47,415

Vs. state average: + $149

Economic score: 5.77

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#11 in Maine

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, Maine

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $14,548

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $35,051

Vs. state average: - $12,215

Economic score: 7.01

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#12 in Maine

Thomas College

Waterville, Maine

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $20,819

Payback: 6.3 Years

Earnings: $39,760

Vs. state average: - $7,506

Economic score: 7.54

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#13 in Maine

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $11,589

Payback: 5.6 Years

Earnings: $32,709

Vs. state average: - $14,557

Economic score: 8.07

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#14 in Maine

Unity College

Unity, Maine

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $26,080

Payback: 6.8 Years

Earnings: $39,076

Vs. state average: - $8,190

Economic score: 8.28

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#15 in Maine

Maine College of Art

Portland, Maine

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $32,293

Payback: 17.4 Years

Earnings: $32,495

Vs. state average: - $14,771

Economic score: 25.29

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#16 in Maine

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Standish, Maine

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 36%

Net cost: $26,929

Payback: 5.1 Years

Earnings: $49,797

Vs. state average: + $2,531

Economic score: 4.87

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#17 in Maine

University of Maine at Augusta

Augusta, Maine

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 31%

Net cost: $10,631

Payback: 5.6 Years

Earnings: $34,202

Vs. state average: - $13,064

Economic score: 7.68

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