Southern Maine Community College

School Highlights
  • Southern Maine Community College serves 5,972 students (40% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 14%.
  • Southern Maine Community College is the only community colleges within Cumberland County, ME.
  • The nearest community college to Southern Maine Community College is York County Community College (29.9 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 332 teachers has grown by 55% over five years.
Southern Maine Community College(ME) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty332 staff40 staff
Southern Maine Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Southern Maine Community College has declined by 21% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
  • The Southern Maine Community College diversity score of 0.35 is more than the state average of 0.26. The school's diversity has grown by 106% over five years.
Total Enrollment5,972 students1,107 students
Southern Maine Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio18:124:1
Southern Maine Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,417 students421 students
Southern Maine Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,466 students686 students
Southern Maine Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southern Maine Community College Enrollment Breakdown ME All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Southern Maine Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Southern Maine Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Southern Maine Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Southern Maine Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southern Maine Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Southern Maine Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Southern Maine Community College Non Resident (2013-2016)
% Unknown races
Southern Maine Community College Ethnicity Breakdown ME All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.350.26
Southern Maine Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southern Maine Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,200$33,900
Southern Maine Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,820 is less than the state average of $4,123. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,640 is less than the state average of $7,746. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,820$4,123
Southern Maine Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,640$7,746
Southern Maine Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition NotesOut-of-state = $184/
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%90%
Southern Maine Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,500$12,000
Southern Maine Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Southern Maine Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate59%69%
Southern Maine Community College Percent Admitted (2007-2011)


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Golf, Soccer, SoftballBasketball, Golf,
Soccer, Softball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Please check our website for the latest list of extracurricular opportunities.
Source: 2016 (or 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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For Maine public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,123 per year for in-state students and $7,746 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,482 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maine community colleges have a diversity score of 0.26, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Maine is Washington County Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.