Private Schools in Maine Continued


Thomas college, waterville

Founded in 1894 as a nonsectarian, co-educational college dedicated to career training, Thomas College serves approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students on 120-acre campus in Waterville. 67% of students are the first generation to attend college. Thomas guarantees job placement for students who maintain a 3.0-grade point average, participate in an internship, and work with career services.

Thomas College invites veterans to apply for admission within the guidelines stated for non-traditional students. Thomas College is a member of ConAP, the Concurrent Admissions Program with the Army Recruiting Command. For information about financial aid for veterans, click here.

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Michelle Yates


Unity college, Unity

Founded in 1965, Unity College is a liberal arts college with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental science. The rural town of Unity is 35 miles southwest of Bangor. The 225 wooded acres of farmland provides opportunities for hands-on learning and research. There are approximately 700 undergraduates and 30 graduate students.

Unity College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. In 2016, Unity College started a distance education unit and offers special active military and veteran rates.

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Heather McAnirlin


Maine college of art, portland

Founded in 1882, Maine College of Art is the oldest arts educational institution in Maine. Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, the non-profit private art school offers 11 majors in the BFA program. MECA provides individual studios to junior and senior students.

MECA Vets assist active and reserve military, veterans, spouses and dependents navigate the academic environment through programs, support services, the certification of educational benefits and campus and community resources. If you are a prospective student, contact Megan Lloyd with your admissions questions at or 207-420-1403.

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Anne E. Dennison


College of the atlantic, bar harbor

Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic is a private, liberal arts college in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. This unique college features 350 students, 70 staff, and 35 faculty on the coast of Maine surrounded by Acadia National Park. Each student designs his or her own course of study in human ecology—an exploration of the relationships between humans and their natural, cultural, and built environments. 

College of the Atlantic participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough

Founded in 1995, Northeast Technical Institute is a privately held Maine career school headquartered in Scarborough with additional locations in Bangor and Lewiston. NTI’s curriculum includes Health Care, Information Technology, Truck Driving, HVAC/R and more.

NTI provides short, yet comprehensive hands-on training in skilled trades for veterans and their dependents. In 2010, NTI Received the Employer Patriot Award.

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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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