Aug 20, 2017


Located in the northeastern part of the country, Maine is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, New Hampshire to the west, and Canada to the northwest and northeast. Nearly 90 percent of the state is covered by forest, which explains why Maine is also usually referred to as the “Pine Tree State”.

MaineMaine has a total population of 1,328,302 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates). The state capital is August, while Portland is the largest city. Other cities include Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland and Auburn.

Maine's economy is largely anchored by agriculture and fishing. Manufacturing is also another major sector. Key industries include paper, lumber and wood products and ship building.

The University of Maine System is the state’s largest provider of higher education with an annual enrollment of nearly 40,000 students.

Top Reasons to Study in Maine

  • Quality of Life: CNBC ranks Maine among the top ten states in the nation for quality of life. Maine is an outdoor lover’s paradise with great scenery, plenty of forest cover and waterways.
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates looking to study or work in Maine can look to the state’s main sectors and industries, especially in the areas of fishing, forestry and related products. Maine also has a sizeable healthcare sector that includes providers such as Eastern Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center, and Central Maine Healthcare Corp. Hannaford Bros, a chain of supermarkets and grocery stores is the top private employer in the state. Other major private employers include L.L. Bean, Unum Provident, TD Bank and Bath Iron Works Corporation.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Maine, click here.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of Maine at Presque Isle Education,Nursing,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Bates College Economics,Politics,Pyschology Private >10,000 Request Info
University of Maine Business,Engineering,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info

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