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Number of
4-year colleges in Maine

46,488

Students attending
4-year colleges in Maine

$23,687

Average
in-state tuition

$27,056

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

35 Forbes

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,905
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average annual cost: $24,055
Average salary: $55,700
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

23 Forbes

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,965
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $24,888
Average salary: $58,700
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

Colby College

Waterville, ME

61 Forbes
Colby College is test-optional.

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Total undergraduates: 2,000
Acceptance rate: 13%
Average annual cost: $21,032
Average salary: $55,000
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

287 Forbes

Best colleges in Maine 2018

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

Total undergraduates: 390
Acceptance rate: 64%
Average annual cost: $21,093
Average salary: $24,300
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

Husson University

Bangor, ME

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Husson University

Bangor, ME

Total undergraduates: 2,672
Acceptance rate: 79%
Average annual cost: $16,526
Average salary: $36,900
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,016
Acceptance rate: 75%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $84,000
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

Thomas College

Waterville, ME

Best colleges in Maine 2018

Thomas College

Waterville, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,212
Acceptance rate: 92%
Average annual cost: $20,558
Average salary: $37,100
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

University of Maine

Orono, ME

457 Forbes

Best colleges in Maine 2018

University of Maine

Orono, ME

Total undergraduates: 10,304
Acceptance rate: 89%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $40,800
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME

As a premier teacher education and public liberal arts college for the state of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers, and an enduring love of learning.

Best colleges in Maine 2018

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,956
Acceptance rate: 80%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $33,800
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Best colleges in Maine 2018

University of New England

Biddeford, ME

481 Forbes

Best colleges in Maine 2018

University of New England

Biddeford, ME

Total undergraduates: 3,800
Acceptance rate: 83%
Average annual cost: $32,962
Average salary: $45,000
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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