Best colleges in Portland Maine

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I will rise again is Portland's motto, and it will raise you to new heights when you go back to school. There are 7 different postsecondary institutions, which have a range of degree options from Biochemistry to Athletic Training and Illustration to Early Childhood Education. Being the largest port in the state, Portland is Maine's economic capital. It has the largest population and boasts an unemployment rate that is 2% below the national average. Trade, transportation, education, and healthcare account for 39% of the city's jobs, so degrees in education, healthcare, or business will have jobs just waiting for you.

Forbes named Portland the "Most Livable City", and there are several reasons why. First, Portland has the most restaurants per capita and was named a food destination by the New York Times. They also have a farmer's market that's been around since 1768. The city has a network of over 70 miles of trails for walking, hiking, and biking, and they close down a whole street, Baxter Boulevard, every Sunday May-November for people to enjoy the views. There are events nearly each night, and the Arts District on Congress is home to a range of theaters and museums. So get out and enjoy the city that will get you off your feet with everything there is to do.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, "Portland, Maine" *National Center for Education Statistics *trails.org

Best Four Year Universities in Portland Maine

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College offers 44 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 472 students graduated with students earning 472 Bachelor's degrees.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine offers 83 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 577 students graduated with students earning 311 Bachelor's degrees, 196 Master's degrees, 66 Certificates, and 4 Associate's degrees.

University of New England offers 72 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,848 students graduated with students earning 783 Master's degrees, 511 Bachelor's degrees, 475 Doctoral degrees, and 79 Certificates.

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Maine College of Art
Portland, ME

Maine College of Art offers 15 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 131 students graduated with students earning 73 Bachelor's degrees, 29 Certificates, and 29 Master's degrees.

University of Southern Maine offers 205 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,679 students graduated with students earning 1,069 Bachelor's degrees, 419 Master's degrees, 104 Certificates, and 87 Doctoral degrees.

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 11 students graduated with students earning 7 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Portland Maine

The Landing School
Arundel, ME

The Landing School offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 53 students graduated with students earning 41 Certificates, and 12 Associate's degrees.

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York County Community College offers 46 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 209 students graduated with students earning 193 Associate's degrees, and 16 Certificates.

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Southern Maine Community College offers 67 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 791 students graduated with students earning 741 Associate's degrees, and 50 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Portland Maine

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Bowdoin College Logo Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
5/5
8 : 1 1,835
The Landing School Logo The Landing School Arundel, ME
5/5
8 : 1 54
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Logo Saint Joseph's College of Maine Standish, ME
5/5
25 : 1 1,987
University of New England Logo University of New England Biddeford, ME
5/5
30 : 1 7,483
Maine College of Art Logo Maine College of Art Portland, ME
5/5
21 : 1 497
University of Southern Maine Logo University of Southern Maine Portland, ME
3/5
29 : 1 8,429
Northeast Technical Institute Logo Northeast Technical Institute Scarborough, ME     208
Empire Beauty School-Maine Logo Empire Beauty School-Maine Portland, ME     132
Harris School of Business-Sanford Campus Logo Harris School of Business-Sanford Campus Sanford, ME     71
Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook Logo Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook Westbrook, ME     231
York County Community College Logo York County Community College Wells, ME
2/5
96 : 1 1,630
Southern Maine Community College Logo Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
2/5
66 : 1 6,384
Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts Logo Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts Portland, ME   90 : 1 90