2017 Best Colleges in Maine

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    Bowdoin College

    • Brunswick, ME
    • 641 reviews
    College Sophomore:I feel like my school has even more to offer than I thought it did and while there are definitely issues, I can't imagine myself being anywhere else.
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    Bates College

    • Lewiston, ME
    • 318 reviews
    College Freshman:I love going to class at Bates. Coming from a highly challenging high school, the classes (I was in all arts/English/humanities my first semester) the workload was sometimes difficult but overall extremely manageable. I adored every one of my teachers and felt like I got a lot of personal attention from each one of them.

    I have a lot of friends that are neuroscience majors, however, and that path of study is much more challenging.

    Pros of curriculum: study abroad highly encouraged, almost everyone does it. Also everyone gets to do a senior thesis (alas, some hate this and some love it).

    Cons of curriculum: can be an education minor and get your teaching certificate, but only for grades 6-12- no early ed. Certification!
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    Colby College

    • Waterville, ME
    • 487 reviews
    College Junior:If you're into strong academics, Colby is the place to be. Apart from all the majors, smart and supportive professors and study abroad options, It offers a unique environment for students to participate in research. As a liberal arts college with professors committed only on undergraduates, Colby offers incredible scholarship opportunities for those into basic research. This point, I believe, is what makes Colby even more desirable than big research universities. Professors have no PhD students, postdocs etc. to distract them so undergraduates can be much more involved in all aspects of research. I would definitely choose Colby again if I could do it all over again.
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    University of Maine

    • Orono, ME
    • 1,820 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would say that my overall experience at school so far has been pretty great. The combination of both academic and social opportunities has been helpful. The school helped me set up and then interview for a Cooperative Internship, which I recently found out that I received. I give credit to the school for helping me through the process, which is why I would choose this school again. The faculty is very willing to set time aside and help out any students that have questions or need help. As well I have a solid group of friends both in my major and out of my major. The school offers so many clubs and activities that it can sometimes be hard to choose. I am athletic so I am on the club soccer team and participate in a variety of intramural sports. I am very much so enjoying my experience thus far at the University of Maine.
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    University of New England

    • Biddeford, ME
    • 970 reviews
    College Junior:I only chose this school because it offers Animal Behavior as a major for undergraduate students. The classes are really easy compared to other colleges, which is nice. However, I do not like the college as a whole. I do not like the location. I do not like anything else about this school. It's very frustrating and deeply upsetting that I am not where I want to be. I feel as though I have to settle for a place that depresses me just to study the subject that I want. I truly wish the other schools that accepted me offered animal behavior because they seemed like a much better fit for who I am as a person.
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    Maine Maritime Academy

    • Castine, ME
    • 146 reviews
    College Sophomore:The buildings are old and the campus "safety" is in the dorm living area far too much. The community is fairly close knit and fun to be around. There is not much in the way to "stuff to do" because the town is so small.
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    University of Maine at Farmington

    • Farmington, ME
    • 351 reviews
    College Senior:Most professors dont even know your name. They give a fair course load, but dont leave any room for life situations. Outside is a popular study place.
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    University of Maine at Fort Kent

    • Fort Kent, ME
    • 90 reviews
    College Junior:Professors: As with all schools, some professors are great, some are not good at all. In my time here I have only run into three that I just could not get along with.

    Workload: When first starting out the work wasn't too bad. Once you enter your third year however the work load increases a lot. I have spent much of my time on assignments.

    Popular Study Areas: The lair, dorm common rooms, library, student support services
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    University of Southern Maine

    • Portland, ME
    • 615 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the people I have met at school, and the office of residential life are wonderful. However, the finances and education are confusing and the administration problems at school are causing problems and many professors are losing their jobs.
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    Husson University

    • Bangor, ME
    • 716 reviews
    College Junior:I think New England School of Communications could be better if it weren't for budget restrictions and lack of support by husson university, its as if nescom is simply a selling point as to why to come to hussons campus, and not thought of as a viable career opportunity.
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    Saint Joseph's College of Maine

    • Standish, ME
    • 216 reviews
    College Senior:Admissions counselor was not truthful about how long it would take to finish the FNP program. It is NOT self-paced. I wish I would have used my time to go to a local university DNP program.
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    Unity College

    • Unity, ME
    • 221 reviews
    College Freshman:The work is tough, the curriculum I wish was more hands on (being a freshman I don't want to bother with general ed but I have to in order to get hands on work) facilities and program are fine. Internship and job opportunities are found through the career resource center.
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    Thomas College

    • Waterville, ME
    • 233 reviews
    College Sophomore:It is a very small school that is trying to expand. The school has not prepared well for the larger number of students attending; for example, the wifi is overloaded and is slow if it is working at all. Dining options and hours are poor. Limited hours on weekends that does not accommodate well for working students.
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    University of Maine at Augusta

    • Augusta, ME
    • 201 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:You get your money's worth. It's a cheap school but it has many drawbacks. Personally, I think that the university's performance is declining every year because it seems like many staff members do not care about the student body. The professors are great and really help the students succeed but the admissions, financial aid, and enrollment offices are downright terrible.

    Make sure you mail every form via certified mail or else it will get lost and the staff in administrative offices will blame it on you. If you have a question or need assistance with something, expect to be tossed around from office to office because it's unclear who knows what. If you e-mail someone, use short sentences because you will otherwise get a response that clearly shows the reader does not understand what you mean.
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    University of Maine at Presque Isle

    • Presque Isle, ME
    • 108 reviews
    College Junior:The class sizes are small which makes it easier to have one on one time with the teachers. They know you by name and email you usually daily. Some of the classes don't require attendance which makes it tempting to skip. I prefer the online options especially in the winter when no one wants to make the trek across campus to the classrooms.
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