UniversitiesColleges and Universities

Maine has an excellent State University System consisting of the highly regarded flagship campus at Orono and six other campus locations throughout the State. The System has a broad range of award winning academic programs that prepare undergraduates for the rigors of the business world and the graduate schools. Advanced degree programs and graduate research opportunities are available at two of Maine’s public universities. The University of Maine offers master’s programs in over 60 areas of study and doctoral programs in 25 areas. The University of Southern Maine offers 27 advanced degrees in a wide range of fields.

Maine also is fortunate to have three of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the US.

Colby College combines world-class academic programs with an active campus life and an institutional imperative that involves close collaboration with professors to explore new ideas. Colby is international-in its outlook, in its student body and faculty, in its extraordinary study-abroad opportunities, and in the impact of its graduates. Maine's people have welcomed Colby students into their communities for almost two centuries, and Colby students respond- through civic engagement, and a lifelong affinity for Maine.

Bates College, within an hour's drive from the Sanford region, is widely regarded as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Bates students experience a rigorous, challenging, and rewarding life of ideas and principles fully supported by an institution that helps students discover their strengths, investigate unquestioned assumptions and make a meaningful impact during their years on campus.

Bowdoin College is proud of its many famous graduates, consistently high ranking and a tradition of nurturing independent thought and a sense of social responsibility, which inspires its graduates to become world leaders in business, science and the professions. Its 200-acre campus is located in Brunswick, 25 miles northeast of Portland, and just over an hour from the center of the Sanford Region.


The Maine Community College System

Maine's comprehensive two-year public college system is dedicated to offering an affordable and accessible college education, and building a quality workforce for Maine. Serving the Sanford Region in Wells is the York County Community College. YCCC is the system's newest college and is one of the most high-tech learning environments in the region.

SMCC in South Portland is the oldest of Maine's Community Colleges. The 80-acre campus is the home of Fort Preble and offers students direct access to Maine's spectacular coast.


Maine Community College System – By the Numbers

  • 94% of graduates are placed in jobs or continue their education
  • 91% of employed graduates find jobs in Maine
  • 95% of 1st-year MCCS students are Maine residents.
  • 39% come directly from high school.
  • 29% entered with some prior college.
  • 31% attend part-time.
  • The average age of our students is 27.
  • 60% of first-year students are 21 or under; 31% are over 24.
  • Enrollment has grown 62 percent in 7 years, to 16,361


Maine's community colleges offer an array of services to help businesses build and support a highly-skilled workforce.

Customized Training and Professional Development Courses - Employees of your business can choose from existing credit and non-credit courses, or we’ll tailor a course or training program to meet your company's specific needs.

Maine Quality Centers program - For expanding businesses or if you are considering locating your firm in Maine, you may qualify for a special grant through the Maine Quality Centers program, which funds customized training for businesses creating new jobs in Maine.

Center for Career Development - The MCCS Center for Career Development conducts industry workforce analyses and develops curriculum for business and industry, government, and education. Its services include workforce needs surveys, industry-wide training modules, and other workforce and curriculum development tools.