Private Colleges & Universities in Maine


University of New England, Biddeford

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, with campuses in Biddeford and Portland. UNE offers 40 undergraduate and 32 graduate/professional programs, as well as many online degree and certificate programs. UNE is an independent, nonprofit institution and home to Maine's only medical and dental schools.

Learn more with UNE’s VA Education Benefits Checklist. You can also read answers to frequently asked questions here.

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Saint Joseph’s college of maine, Standish

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is a private, Roman Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy. Located in Standish 18 miles northwest of Portland, SJC welcomes students of all ages and all faiths. Campus enrollment is approximately 1,000 students, with an additional 2,500 students enrolled in online offerings.

In 2016, the College’s Veteran Task Force helped launch an online platform where students serving in the armed forces, and their families, can gather and network in an inclusive, online environment. If you are interested in learning more about online courses and joining the Veterans Virtual Community, contact David McCall at or 207-893-7771.

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Husson university, Bangor

Established in 1898, Husson University is a private university with approximately 3,000 undergraduate students at the 208-acre Bangor campus, with about 800 more enrolled in graduate programs. Husson also has campuses in Westbrook and Presque Isle.

In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and agreeing to the Principles of Excellence executive order, Husson University has been designated a 2019-20 Military Friendly School by Victory Media. Student veterans can enjoy the Veteran’s Lounge. You can learn more about Husson University Student Veterans Association as well as Husson ROTC.

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Bowdoin College, brunswick

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin College is one of the nation’s oldest, most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Bowdoin is ranked #5 in National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News. Bowdoin made the SAT and ACT optional in 1969 and accepting female students in 1971. There are approximately 1,800 students.

In 2018, Bowdoin announced it would actively recruit student veterans to enrich campus diversity. Bowdoin’s partners include Service to School and VetLink to support veterans during the application process and on-campus. Veterans can sign-up for an interview request here and learn more about Veteran and Active Service Member Benefits.

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Colby College, Waterville

Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Located in central Maine, the 714-acre campus overlooks downtown Waterville and serves 2,000 students. Colby’s 4-1-4 academic calendar features the Jan Plan, a four-week term during which students can pursue an internship, independent study or focused course work. The Colby College Museum of Art is one of the nation’s premier college museums.

Colby College does not have information about veteran resources online.

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Bates College, Lewiston

Bates College is a private, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the liberal arts. Founded in 1855 by abolitionists, Bates was the first co-educational college in New England. Bates serves 2,000 undergraduates students, with about 95% of students living on campus. Bates has a 4-4-1 academic calendar and encourages active engagement in the broader community through the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.

Bates has limited information online about resources for veterans.

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