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 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 22%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,789 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,880
  • Out-state tuition: $6,760
  • 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 grown by 52% over five years.
Southern Maine Community College
(ME) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
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 2019-20 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Southern Maine Community College has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The Southern Maine Community College diversity score of 0.34 is less than the state average of 0.38. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,789 students
1,812 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 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
13:1
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 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
1,993 students
564 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,796 students
1,248 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 2019-20 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.
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
125 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 2017-18 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%
1%
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 2019-20 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 2019-20 school year data.
% Black
7%
4%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% White
81%
78%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
3%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
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 2015-16 school year data.
% Unknown races
4%
10%
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
0.38
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 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
21%
29%
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 2018-19 school year data.
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 $5,446. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,760 is less than the state average of $8,686. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,880
$5,446
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 2019-20 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,760
$8,686
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 2019-20 school year data.
Tuition Notes
Out-of-state = $192/hour (2021 Academic Year)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
80%
86%
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 2017-18 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$11,500
$11,922
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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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: 2020 (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,789 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,880
  • Out-state tuition: $6,760
  • 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 $5,446 per year for in-state students and $8,686 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $9,890 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maine community colleges have a diversity score of 0.38, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Maine is Central Maine Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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