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The Best Colleges in Maine Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Maine as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Maine ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Maine is Colby College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Maine
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Colby College 43 40 40
2 University of Maine 411 1,419 543
3 Bowdoin College 1,385 28 30
4 University of New England 553 1,155 633
5 Bates College 1,384 53 29
6 Maine Maritime Academy 684 1,128 311
7 College of the Atlantic 1,383 749 273
8 University of Southern Maine 766 1,220 1,370
9 Husson University 1,028 1,046 1,285
10 University of Maine at Farmington 1,387 1,219 572
11 Saint Joseph's College of Maine 1,391 1,129 688
12 Maine College of Art 1,390 750 1,132
13 University of Maine at Fort Kent 1,029 1,520 1,369
14 Unity College 1,393 1,362 970
15 New England School of Communications 1,788 554 1,447
16 University of Maine at Presque Isle 1,389 1,491 1,432

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.