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.
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:
- Business Administration
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Medical Assisting
- Liberal Studies
- Political Science
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.
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:
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||87%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||76%||$3,991|
|Receiving Student Loans||56%||$5,016|
Admissions, Academics, & 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.
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)
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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
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.
- York County Community College in Wells, ME (30 miles away)
- Central Maine Community College in Auburn, ME (33 miles away)
- NHTI - Concord's Community College in Concord, NH (72 miles away)
- Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, ME (72 miles away)
- White Mountains Community College in Berlin, NH (75 miles away)