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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Maine

7,549

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Maine

$41,687

Average
in-state tuition

$42,509

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Maine 2018

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

23 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Maine 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

3 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Maine 2018

Colby College

Waterville, ME

12 US News
Colby College is test-optional.

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Maine 2018

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

93 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Maine 2018

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, ME

Top liberal arts colleges in Maine 2018

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,289
Acceptance rate: 86%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $29,600
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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).

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