Best Online Colleges in Maine

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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This list of schools offer the best online degree programs in Maine. In first place, the University of Maine has a reported alumni salary of $83,400 and offers an annual tuition rate of $9,000. The University of Maine at Augusta, ranked #3, offers the broadest range of online bachelor’s programs, a respectable 49 degrees across 12 majors and dozens of concentrations. The most affordable schools are a three-way tie for the #5, #6, and #7 spots, each costing only $7,170 per year.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 University of Maine $9,000 $83,400
# 2 #2 University of Southern Maine $8,430 $69,900
# 3 #3 University of Maine at Augusta $7,409 $64,200
# 4 #4 Unity College $14,100 $58,700
# 5 #5 University of Maine at Presque Isle $7,170 $54,900
# 6 #6 University of Maine at Fort Kent $7,170 $53,800
# 7 #7 University of Maine at Machias $7,170 $46,400
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Online Colleges in Maine Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 University of Maine

  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Median Salary: $83,400
  • Locations: Orono
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Established in 1865 and recognized as one of New England’s premier universities, the University of Maine is a public research institution based in Orono. The school offers more than 20 online graduate and undergraduate degree programs and more than 15 graduate certificates. Popular online graduate degrees include business administration, educational leadership, special education, information systems, and spatial informatics. Three online undergraduate degrees are offered in political science, surveying engineering technology, and university studies. New students can complete the online orientation to help them transition to online learning. The university’s Student Services department works closely with online students to provide the support and assistance they need throughout their entire degree program, as well as ensure access to the technologies and services that traditional students enjoy.

#2 University of Southern Maine

  • Annual Tuition: $8,430
  • Median Salary: $69,900
  • Locations: Portland
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Located in Portland, the University of Southern Maine (USM) offers a variety of online degree and certificate programs and more than 200 online courses. Popular online bachelor's degree programs include business, communication, leadership and organizational studies, and social and behavioral sciences. Master's degrees include adult and higher education, special education, educational psychology, and instructional technology. Students can take courses from anywhere and at any time, including on the USM campus. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system, and courses are completely online. Online students have both a faculty advisor and an online student success advisor to provide assistance throughout their program. USM provides such online support services as academic advising, prior learning assessment, tutoring, tech support, and an online orientation for new students.

#3 University of Maine at Augusta

  • Annual Tuition: $7,409
  • Median Salary: $64,200
  • Locations: Augusta
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Located in the state’s capital, the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) offers numerous fully online degree programs along with several that combine distance learning with video conference and ITV learning options at various sites throughout Maine. Online programs include bachelor's and associate degrees, minors, and certificates. Popular online degree fields include business administration, cybersecurity, data science, justice studies, music, and social science. Online learning at UMA is asynchronous, giving busy students maximum control over their schedules. Coursework is delivered using the Blackboard online learning management system, and a practice course is available to help students learn some of the program’s features.

#4 Unity College

  • Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • Median Salary: $58,700
  • Locations: Unity
  • Accreditation: NECHE

A private liberal arts college in Unity, Maine, Unity College offers online programs in the fields of environmental studies, conservation, and sustainability. Fully online bachelor’s degrees are available in such subjects as sustainable business management, environmental emergency management and law enforcement, and wildlife conservation. Online graduate programs include a master’s degree in professional science and a sustainable MBA; the latter is an accelerated 14-month degree that gives students who are interested in sustainable business an opportunity to further their education in this area. UC offers convenient start dates and courses are asynchronous, allowing students to manage their own time in meeting weekly deadlines.

#5 University of Maine at Presque Isle

  • Annual Tuition: $7,170
  • Median Salary: $54,900
  • Locations: Presque Isle
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Part of the University of Maine System, the University of Maine at Presque Isle offers several fully online undergraduate programs. These include degrees in English, history & political science, and psychology. The university’s YourPace program provides a flexible and convenient approach to learning. Students advance through their program once they are able to prove competency in an area; this format allows students to use prior knowledge and experience to earn their degree faster. Six session start times a year allow students to customize their workload and earn credits faster to accommodate their individual needs and schedules. Tuition is a flat rate per eight-week session, and there are no weekly course deadlines.

#6 University of Maine at Fort Kent

  • Annual Tuition: $7,170
  • Median Salary: $53,800
  • Locations: Fort Kent
  • Accreditation: NECHE

A public liberal arts university near the Canada–U.S. border, the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) offers several fully online degree programs. Online associate degrees are available in subjects such as accounting, criminal justice, and information security. Online bachelor's degrees are offered in allied health, cybersecurity, and nursing (RN to BSN). An online self-designed bachelor’s degree is also available, where students can choose what courses they want to take and are not required to complete a specific major. Additionally, online certificate programs are available at UMFK: among the available options are healthcare management and information security. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework. Distance learners have full access to UMFK’s online database and e-books through the university’s library system.

#7 University of Maine at Machias

  • Annual Tuition: $7,170
  • Median Salary: $46,400
  • Locations: Machias
  • Accreditation: NECHE

The University of Maine at Machias offers several online undergraduate degree and certificate programs. Popular degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and community studies with concentrations in both applied psychology and disabilities in youth; a Bachelor of Science in business and entrepreneurial studies with various concentrations; and a Bachelor of College Studies that allows students to create a unique course of study. Certificates are available in special education, entrepreneurship, human resource management, and marketing. Coursework is delivered asynchronously via the Blackboard online learning management system.


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