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Lewiston, Maine (ME) Colleges and Universities

The Lewiston, ME, area is home to five public and private higher education institutions within a 25-mile radius. See rankings of the best and most affordable schools in Lewiston to determine which schools might be right for you.

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Most Program Variety

The top three traditional schools with the most program variety in the Lewiston, ME, area range from about 40-54 programs. These schools included two not-for-profit institutions and a community college. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports the most popular certificates and degrees for these schools from 2011-2012.

1- Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is located in Brunswick and sits about 17 miles from Lewiston. The 4-year, private school offers approximately 54 bachelor's degree programs. The college was ranked as the fourth best national liberal arts college in the country in 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report. The college's most popular degrees were in political science and economics.

2- Bates College

Lewiston's Bates College features about 47 bachelor's degree programs. U.S News & World Report ranked the school as the 22nd best national liberal arts college in 2014. Psychology, political science and history were the most popular bachelor's degrees at the college.

3- Central Maine Community College

Located in Auburn, Central Maine Community College offers roughly 40 certificate and associate's degree programs. The 2-year public school sits three miles from Lewiston. Students at the school can pursue liberal arts, technical and career training programs. The most popular associate's degrees at the school included liberal arts and sciences, business administration and automobile technology.

Lowest Net Price

The net price for the traditional colleges in the Lewiston area ranged from about $8,500-$24,500, according to the NCES in 2011-2012. The organization determines the net price by taking the total cost of attendance for full-time beginning students and then subtracting the average amount of government or institutional aid awarded at that school. At public colleges, the NCES uses in-district or in-state total cost figures. The schools are ranked as follows for affordability.

1 - Central Maine Community College

Central Maine Community College had a net price of $8,551 in 2011-2012, which was lowest in the area. The NCES reported that tuition and fees for in-state students were $3,570, and out-of-state students paid $6,150 in 2012-2013. Ninety percent of first-year students and 58% of all students received some type financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES.

2 - Bates College

The net price at Bates College in 2011-2012 was $19,772, which was about $1,700 lower than the previous year. Tuition and fees for undergraduates at Bates were $44,300, according to the NCES in 2012-2013. The NCES also reported that 48% of first-year students received some type of financial aid in 2011-2012. Forty-four percent of all students were awarded a grant or scholarship.

3 - Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College had the third lowest net price in the area at $24,282. The NCES reported that the tuition and fees at the college were $44,118 in 2012-2013. Forty-seven percent of all students received a grant or scholarship, while 20% of students used federal student loans, according to the NCES in 2011-2012.

Highest Graduation Rates

While the graduation rates for the top two private schools in the area were over 85%, the community college in the area had a graduation rate of 25%, according to the NCES. These rates were based on students who enrolled in a 2-year school in 2009 and 4-year school in 2006 and then completed their program within 150% of the normal time.

1 - Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College had a graduation rate of 95% for students who earned a bachelor's degree within six years; 91% of students graduated with a bachelor's degree in four years. The NCES also reported that the retention rate at the school was 97% for students who began in 2011 and returned in 2012.

2 - Bates College

The NCES reported that Bates College had an overall graduation rate of 88%. Eighty-five percent of the 2006 cohort earned a bachelor's degree in the normal 4-year time period. The retention rate at the school was 95% in 2012 for 2011 enrollees, according to the NCES. The transfer-out rate for first-time students beginning in 2006 was eight percent.

3 - Central Maine Community College

Central Maine Community College had a graduation rate of 25%. Students reflected in these rates enrolled in 2009 and finished their program within 150% of the normal time. The NCES reported that the retention rate at the school was 53% from 2011 to 2012, and the transfer-out rate was 17% for students who enrolled in 2009. Ten percent of 2009 beginning students were able to complete their program within the normal time.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

The NCES reported that the student-faculty ratios in the Lewiston area ranged from 9:1 to 16:1. Additionally, U.S News & World Report listed the class size in 2012 for some of the schools in the area.

1 - Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College had a student-faculty ratio of 9:1. Nearly 72% of classes featured less than 20 students, and about 26% of classes had 20-49 students. In 2012, roughly 1,800 students attended the college, and 206 full-time and 37 part-time instructional faculty members were employed, per the NCES.

2 - Bates College

The student-faculty ratio at Bates College was 10:1. Approximately 1,800 students went to the school, and more than 190 full-time and part-time faculty members worked at the college in 2012, per the NCES. About 65% of classes had less than 20 students and roughly 31% had 20-49 students, according to U.S. News & World Report.

3 - Central Maine Community College

Central Maine Community College had a student-faculty ratio of 16:1. Just over 2,900 students attended the school, and the college employed roughly 55 full-time and 260 part-time faculty members as of 2012.

Lewiston Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Program Levels Offered Area Ranking
Bates College Lewiston, ME 4-year, private, not-for-profit Bachelor's degrees 2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Net Price,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME (17.4 miles from Lewiston) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Bachelor's degrees Most Program Variety,
Highest Graduation Rate,
Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Lowest Net Price
Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME (three miles from Lewiston) 2-year, public 1- but <2-year certificates; associate's degrees Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
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