UMaine ranked among top institutions nationally in 2024 college guides

The University of Maine has once again been ranked among the best higher education institutions nationwide in multiple annual college guides.

In the U.S. News and World Report 2024 Best Colleges, UMaine was featured in a list of top National Universities — those producing groundbreaking research and offering a full range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Undergraduate programs at UMaine that were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report include engineering, computer science, psychology, nursing, business and economics. 

UMaine was also featured in Princeton Review’s “Best 389 Colleges: 2024 Edition.” The publication ranked UMaine among the Top 50 Green Colleges nationwide and named one of its Best Northeastern colleges as well. 

The Princeton Review profile for UMaine includes multiple “Students Say” reflections on academics, campus life and the student body. Students who responded to the guide’s survey highlighted the university’s welcoming and open-minded community, supportive faculty, affordability, extensive program and course offerings, hands-on learning experiences, Black Bear pride in athletics and recreational opportunities across all four seasons. 

Students told the publication that UMaine is located in “such a unique place” that is “super green in the summer and pure white in the winter,” providing this outdoorsy student body with miles of “trails for running and biking and a river [where] people often go paddling, kayaking, swimming and fishing.” 

Washington Monthly’s 2023 College Guide and Rankings also included UMaine in its list of top National Universities — institutions that award a significant number of doctoral degrees — based on contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service. UMaine also was included in the publication’s 2023 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings for the Northeast

UMaine’s regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias, was featured in Washington Monthly’s 2023 rankings for liberal arts colleges and 2023 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings for the Northeast. 

This summer, the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2024 also featured UMaine. 

“I’m thrilled to once again see these college guides shine a national spotlight on our academic offerings, research and campus culture,” says UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “They reaffirm our commitment to affordable and world-class instruction, inclusive excellence, public service and a sustainable future.”

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