My top nine picks for Maine range from little College of the Atlantic with about 350 students to the University of Maine with 12,000 students. My top picks include public, private, Catholic and secular schools. You'll find that the admissions standards for these nine schools vary widely, so be sure to click through to the profiles for more admissions information. The schools were chosen based on first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, notable academic strengths, value, and student engagement. See my list of the top Maine colleges to find out who made the cut.
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To get a partial sense of what it takes to get into some of Maine's four-year colleges and universities, I've created side-by-side comparison charts of Maine SAT scores and Maine ACT scores for the middle 50% of matriculated students.
If there's another Maine college that you think deserves to be on the list, use the comment link below to share your recommendations. I'm a firm believer that the "best" college for your interests, goals and personality may have little to do with my own selection criteria.
If you're interested in exploring a larger geographic area than Maine, you can also check out my picks for the region: Top New England Colleges.
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