Best Value Colleges in Maine

Famous for lobster, rolling hills, Stephen King, thick forests and an even thicker Down East accent, Maine is the northernmost state in New England and home to a host of great colleges.

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RankSchool Name20 Year Net ROI
Total 4 Year Cost
Graduation Rate
Typical Years to Graduate
Average Loan Amount
Rank:1School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$733,000Total 4 Year Cost:$103,000Graduation Rate:62%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$70,200
Rank:2School Name:
Maine Maritime Academy (Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI:$685,000Total 4 Year Cost:$152,000Graduation Rate:62%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$70,200
Rank:3School Name:
Bowdoin College (Private)
20 Year Net ROI:$436,000Total 4 Year Cost:$251,000Graduation Rate:94%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$32,200
Rank:4School Name:
Bates College (Private)
20 Year Net ROI:$396,000Total 4 Year Cost:$255,000Graduation Rate:88%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$33,200
Rank:5School Name:
Colby College (Private)
20 Year Net ROI:$394,000Total 4 Year Cost:$249,000Graduation Rate:89%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$25,200
Rank:6School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$306,000Total 4 Year Cost:$94,200Graduation Rate:59%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$32,300
Rank:7School Name:
University of Maine (Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI:$234,000Total 4 Year Cost:$167,000Graduation Rate:59%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$32,300
Rank:8School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$195,000Total 4 Year Cost:$206,000Graduation Rate:58%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$48,200
Rank:9School Name:
Thomas College (Private)
20 Year Net ROI:$185,000Total 4 Year Cost:$148,000Graduation Rate:45%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$40,300
Rank:10School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$180,000Total 4 Year Cost:$91,900Graduation Rate:34%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$27,600

If you are looking for the best value college in Maine, PayScale’s College ROI Report can help you evaluate schools based on their financial return on investment. To do this, we calculate the net 20-year ROI and use it to compare colleges in our Maine College ROI Report rankings. We’ve arrived at the net 20-year ROI or return on investment by determining how much high school graduates typically earn in a 20-year period after graduation. We took the responses from alumni from each college who took the PayScale Salary Survey to determine their median 20-year earnings. We subtracted tuition and other educational costs, and then arrived at the net 20-year ROI for each school.

The University of Maine at Orono has produced a number of famous alumni, including authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. This illustrious list also includes U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and former football player Mike Flynn. The University of Maine is an NCAA hockey powerhouse, and has several graduates who played professionally, including Jack Capuano, Mike Dunham and Gustav Nyquist.

PayScale’s Maine College ROI Report makes it easy to think about education in terms of college return on investment. The value of education can’t only be measured in dollars, but by thinking about the financial implications of the cost of attending college, you can choose a school that makes sense for you.