Universities & Colleges in Maine
Maine is situated in both the northernmost and easternmost portion of the New England region of the United States. The capital of Maine is Augusta and Portland is its largest city. The state is the least densely populated among the regions east of Mississippi. The United States Census Bureau has estimated that the population of Maine has reached 1,328,188 in 2011. Climatic characteristics of Maine vary from warm though not hot summers to cold and snowy winters.
Studying in Maine
Maine has 13 private schools and rests of it are owned by public sector enterprises. Maine offers a extensive field of subjects including performing arts, science, business administration and management, technical courses, engineering courses, biochemistry, elementary education, journalism, forestry and environmental horticulture, law courses etc. The most reputed research institute of Maine, the University of Maine had an enrolment of about 12,000 students last year. However, apart from University of Maine there are other institutions like Andover College, College of Atlantic, Main college of Art, Main Maritime Academy etc where students come from various other parts of the world. In the year 2011, ~1158 students from countries namely, Canada, China, India, Nepal and Saudi Arabia enrolled in various universities of Maine.
Tuition fees in different educational institutions of Maine vary from~ $15,000 to as much as ~$36, 600. For example, for a foreign national to study in the University of Maine school of Law is around ~$33,000.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Maine is quite affordable and lesser than the national average. Also it is comparatively less expensive than New York, San Francisco, Connecticut, etc. However, in the more densely populated urban areas of the Greater Portland cost of living is somewhat higher than the rest of the region. Annual household consumer expenditure in Maine has an average value of ~$36,500.
The University of Maine offers a very limited number of scholarships to undergraduate foreign nationals in recognition of brilliant academic performance and also based on financial need of students. There are few scholarship programs running in the university presently as 'First-Year Student Scholarship', 'Transfer Student Scholarship', 'University of Maine Selective Scholarship' and 'University Affiliated Scholarships', etc. Students need to contact the office of International Programs for different types of financial aids. Also, there are also opportunities to earn from on-campus jobs and get financial grants through loans from private banks.
Average salary for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is around $68,825 per year while the amount is as much as $54,050 for a Bachelor of Science. Salary increases with performance and also experience in the respective field of work. Average per capita income of a household in Maine is $45,735.