Southern Maine Community College

Tel: (207)741-5500
6,734 students
Public institution
School Highlights
Southern Maine Community College serves 6,734 students (42% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is more than the state average of 13%.
Southern Maine Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Cumberland County, ME.
The nearest community college is York County Community College (29.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 472 teachers has grown by 124% over five years.
College Southern Maine Community College (ME) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 472 staff 60 staff

Student Body

The student population of 6,734 has grown by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.31 is more than the state average of 0.24. The school's diversity has declined by 26% over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,734 students 1,080 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 14:1 22:1
# Full-Time Students 2,819 students 529 students
# Part-Time Students 3,915 students 686 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.31 0.24

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,677 is more than the state average of $3,570. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,317 is equal to the state average of $6,317. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,677 $3,570
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,317 $6,317


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, SoftballBaseball, Basketball,
Golf, Soccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 1 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Please see website for a list of these opportunities. Please see website for a list of these opportunities.,
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Southern Maine Community College is a great place to begin your college education and build a foundation for your future. The College provides high quality, results-oriented education in Applied Technologies, Arts and Sciences, Business and Computers, Health Sciences, and Public Safety. As Maine's largest community college, we offer a wide variety of excellent programs that will prepare you to begin an exciting career immediately upon graduation or allow you to continue your education at a four-year college or university. Credits earned at Southern Maine Community College transfer to colleges and universities across the country. A joint admissions agreement with the University of Southern Maine (USM) allows students admitted to Southern Maine Community College guaranteed acceptance to a program at USM with junior status once they have graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) opened in 1946 as a day school in Augusta, Maine, under the name of "Maine Vocational Technical Institute" for returning World War II veterans. An increasing enrollment and the rapid growth of various technologies necessitated more comprehensive facilities. During the summer of 1952, the Institute was moved to the site of the former Fort Preble in South Portland, where it assumed the name of Southern Maine Vocational Institute. The campus sits on a beautiful 80 acre site overlooking Casco Bay three miles from downtown Portland. There are about 40 buildings including both modern and traditional historic structures. We have our own athletic fields, a modern gymnasium, a sandy beach and a fully functional lighthouse! SMCC offers about 40 different academic programs. Most are career oriented and offer a two year Associate Degree preparing students for immediate employment. We also offer a two year Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies with various concentrations for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college. Some one-year certificate programs are offered as well.

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Did You Know?
For Maine public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,912 per year for in-state students and $7,420 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,252 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maine community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.24, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Maine is Washington County Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.