Higher Education

The Maine Department of Education is committed to ensuring Maine's students are sucessful in college and/or careers. With schools' movement toward proficiency-based learning, every student in Maine will be graduating high school prepared to make the connection between their K-12 education and higher education.

This information serves as an aid for individuals seeking to learn more about higher education in and out of the State of Maine. Both the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System are autonomous entities with all policy, procedures and administrative oversight. Similarly, Maine’s private higher education institutions are governed by their own oversight boards. State oversight of the activities of public and private schools, colleges and universities primarily focuses on degree-granting authorizations, assisting graduates of closed Maine schools or colleges, educator preparation program approvals and renewals, and private-for-profit proprietary school licensure.