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List of Private Universities & Colleges in Maine

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As the 42nd most populated state in America, Maine is home to a number of large and small private colleges. Top rated private universities in Maine include University of New England, Saint Joseph’s College, Bowdoin College, College of the Atlantic, Colby College, Maine College of Art, Unity College, and Thomas College. Private schools in Maine are situated in a variety of cities and towns from Brunswick and Waterville to Bar Harbor and Lewiston. Both the enrollment and degree offerings are quite diverse which provides ample opportunity for students to find a niche that works well for them.

How Maine Private Colleges are Different

Private colleges operate by leveraging donations, tuition, grants, and their internal operations. State universities and community colleges, on the other hand, accept public funds to operate. Unique aspects of public colleges include a smaller class size coupled with lower student to teacher ratios. The combination of both features provides greater access to teaching professors and increased classroom collaboration from course to course. Finding the perfect private college in Maine starts with determining your educational aspirations and career goals so take the time to really understand what is important to you before applying to schools.

List of Large 4-Year Private Universities in Maine

There are 2 large private universities in our database for Maine. Follow the links below to get more details about each school.

Small to Medium Sized 4-Year Universities

The 4-year schools listed below have a small to medium sized student body and may offer a wide range of associate and bachelor's degrees. Get more information about each school by clicking the links below.

4-Year Colleges with a Special Focus on an Area of Study

The schools below are grouped by their special area of focus. To learn about admissions, tuition & fees, programs offered, and more click on the school names below.

Schools of Art, Music, and Design

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Maine in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.