School Highlights

Southern Maine Community College serves 5,789 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 15%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,789 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,880
  • Out-state tuition: $6,760
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 19%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Southern Maine Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Maine for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 332 teachers has declined by 29% over five years.
Southern Maine Community College
(ME) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
332 staff
122 staff
This chart display total faculty of Southern Maine Community College and community college average number of faculty in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Southern Maine Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Southern Maine Community College diversity score of 0.34 is more than the state average of 0.27. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,789 students
2,042 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Southern Maine Community College and community college average number of enrollment of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
12:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Southern Maine Community College and community college average student staff ratio of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
1,993 students
515 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Southern Maine Community College and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
3,796 students
1,226 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Southern Maine Community College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Southern Maine Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of ME.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
387 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,993 students
515 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Southern Maine Community College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
3 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,796 students
1,226 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
34 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
555 students
138 students
This chart display the dormitory capacity of Southern Maine Community College and the community college average dormitory capacity of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
% Asian
2%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of Asian community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
3%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
6%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
81%
85%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of White community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
4%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Southern Maine Community College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Unknown races
3%
3%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Southern Maine Community College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in ME.
Diversity Score
0.34
0.27
This chart display the diversity score of Southern Maine Community College and the community college average diversity score of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
5.77%
1.25%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Southern Maine Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.08%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$38,200
$33,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Southern Maine Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of ME by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,880 is less than the state average of $4,020. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,760 is less than the state average of $7,666. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,880
$4,020
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Southern Maine Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,760
$7,666
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Southern Maine Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Tuition Notes
Out-of-state = $192/hour (2021 Academic Year)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
83%
87%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Southern Maine Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$10,500
$12,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Southern Maine Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Southern Maine Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in ME by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
59%
69%
This chart display the percent admitted of Southern Maine Community College and the community college average percent admitted of ME by year, with the latest 2010-11 school year data.
SAT Reading
n/a
445
SAT Math
n/a
500
SAT Writing
n/a
430

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Southern Maine Community College cost?

Southern Maine Community College's tuition is approximately $3,880 for In-State students and $6,760 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Southern Maine Community College?

The acceptance rate of Southern Maine Community College is 59%, which is lower than the state average of 69%.

What sports does Southern Maine Community College offer?

Southern Maine Community College offers 5 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer and Softball.

What is Southern Maine Community College's ranking?

Southern Maine Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Maine for: Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown, Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,789 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,880
  • Out-state tuition: $6,760
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 19%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Maine public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,020 per year for in-state students and $7,666 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,369 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maine community colleges have a diversity score of 0.27, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Maine is Southern Maine Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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