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Southern Maine Community College (SMCC)

2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME

Campus image of Southern Maine Community College

Southern Maine Community College, located in South Portland, Maine, was originally conceived as a technical school for returning World War II veterans. The school began operations in 1946, but due to increasing enrollment, quickly moved to larger facilities and expanded its offerings. Over the years the school has gone through multiple names reflecting the types of programs the school offered. The school officially became a community college in 1998, after changes in Maine's education system made it possible for technical colleges to provide transferable degrees to University of Maine System campuses. SMCC is also one of the few community colleges to offer on campus housing.

Academics

Southern Maine Community College offers degrees in a large number of fields resulting in associate of arts, associate of science or associate of applied science degrees. These programs provide students with transfer opportunities to four year institutions or prepare them for entry level positions in their area of study. The school is has primarily been a technical college, and throughout its history has adapted its programs and facilities to offer the best educational opportunities possible, continuing to do so today with its expanded offerings and goals.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students wishing to enroll at Southern Maine Community College must complete and submit the application along with all pertinent transcripts and information. Students must have a high school diploma or GED, or if still in high school, parental permission to attend. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships and work study. Financial aid eligibility and awards are determined through the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which every student should submit in a timely manner. Additional information on financial aid is available through the school's website.

Athletics

Southern Maine Community College sports teams are referred to as the seawolves, and have won over 31 championships throughout the school's history. SMCC is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), and participates in the Yankee Small College Conference, comprised of schools in the New England area.

Sports Programs offered:

  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball

Additionally the school has active intramural sports and activities. Students are encouraged to play with and against one another in the following:

  • Co-Ed Volleyball
  • Co-Ed Indoor Soccer
  • Co-Ed Softball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Wiffle Ball
  • Running Club
  • Cheerleading Club

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,700-$3,200
    • Out-of-State: $5,400-$6,480
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $90-$110 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $180-$220 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid87%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships76%$3,991
Receiving Student Loans56%$5,016
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Southern Maine Community College may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for SMCC compared to community colleges in Maine, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 SMCCCumberland CountyMaine
Graduation Rate12.9%-27.2%
Transfer-out Rate17.6%-14.2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1981)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1989)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Southern Maine Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Southern Maine Community College.

Contact Information

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
87%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
18:1

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$3,561