To identify the Best Colleges in Maine for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in Maine anywhere.

Maine is home to over 50 colleges, universities and technical schools. While Portland is the state’s largest city, both Bangor and Lewiston have about the same number of schools to choose from. When it comes to top-ranked schools in the state.

The private options prevail with Bowdoin College and Colby College as some of the best private colleges in the US. The University of Maine, Fort Kent and University of Southern Maine, Portland are also nationally ranked. All three are part of the University of Maine System, which consists of nine public universities including University of Maine School of Law.

The Maine Community College System offers ample 2-year degree options with eight colleges to choose from including Kennebec Valley Community College and Central Maine Community College.

Regional Information about Maine

Regional Information About Maine
Major Cities: Portland, Bangor, Augusta
Attractions: Marginal Way, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island.
Cost of Living: Best Places Maine Cost of Living
Popular Schools: Bowdoin College, Bates College, Colby College

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in Maine takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. Bowdoin College
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  2. Bates College
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  3. Colby College
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  4. Maine Maritime Academy
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  5. University of Maine
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  6. University of New England
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  7. University of Maine at Farmington
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  8. University of Maine at Fort Kent
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  9. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
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  10. University of Southern Maine
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  11. Unity College
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  12. Thomas College
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  13. University of Maine at Presque Isle
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  14. University of Maine at Augusta
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  15. Husson University
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  16. College of the Atlantic
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  17. Maine College of Art
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  18. University of Maine at Machias
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  19. New England School of Communications
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  20. Purdue University Global - Augusta Campus
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