Maine is home to 30 accredited schools that offer two-year degrees, bachelor degrees and/or graduate training. Seven of these are community colleges. The typical Maine college is small but highly competitive; Maine’s educational opportunities are well-respected by academics and employers nationwide.
Interested in crossing state lines? The Regional Student Program helps make out-of-state schooling affordable. It includes all community colleges, four-year colleges and universities in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. If a degree program isn’t available in Maine, then you can take it in another New England state without paying the usual out-of-state tuition and fees.Learn more about Maine with these education statistics and other facts.
- Maine is a safe place to attend college. Maine is consistently one of America’s most peaceful states. It has very low levels of violent crime and property crime.
- Maine babies get a college boost. Babies in Maine are welcomed to the world with $500 for college. This is thanks to the Harold Alfond College Challenge fund. The money must be spent on school but isn’t restricted to Maine colleges. Possibly related to this encouragement, Maine has one of the highest high school graduation rates in America (86% in 2013).
- Many college graduates stay in Maine. About half of Maine’s college students remain in-state after graduation. These graduates most often work in healthcare, education, government and social services. The students most likely to find work elsewhere are focused on business and technology.
- The economy is diverse. Maine relies on a variety of industries. Manufacturing and healthcare are especially strong. Mining is a big industry too, with gold and quartz among the top treasures. This state is also known as a food producer. Maple syrup, blueberries and seafood are some of the best-known exports.
- Bears are beloved. The Black Bear is the official mascot of the University of Maine. This decision came about in 1914 when a man brought a bear cub along to a football game. An estimated 30,000 Black Bears make Maine forests their home. Maine, by the way, is about 80% forestland.
- Maine is “the vacation state.” Officially it’s “The Pine Tree State” but Maine is informally nicknamed for being a favorite holiday destination. People are drawn by the Atlantic coastline, classic European-style architecture, charming towns and forested parks. Water sports are a popular draw too; Maine has about 6000 lakes and ponds. It also has about 3000 small islands not far from shore. Study hard and then reward yourself with Maine’s unique perks.
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Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
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