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2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106-1698
p. 207-741-5500
w. www.smccME.edu

Southern Maine Community College

Southern Maine Community College Rating: 2.8/5 (4 votes)

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Southern Maine Community College got its start after World War Two to accommodate the influx of veterans seeking career training opportunities and higher education. The college sits on a historic spot, the one-time home of the military Fort Preble. Since its inception, the college has evolved from the Maine Vocational Technical Institute to the Southern Maine Community College. Its major educational focus has shifted from training-based to a broader, general education focus. Graduates of its programs receive either diplomas or certificates. It is currently accredited by the the Associations Commission on Technical and Career Institutions, and is located in an idyllic, 80-acre spot adjacent to Casco Bay, near the larger urban center of Portland, Maine. Students enjoy the freedom of movement between institutes of higher education afforded to them by the Community College Partnership, which stipulated certain movements and transferrals between technical colleges and the University of Maine System for eligible students.


A variety of academic programs are offered, some of which include:

Architectural & Engineering Design – upon completion, graduates will understand and utilize technical graphic standards and drawing techniques. They will acquire knowledge in the field of architectural, mechanical, electrical or civil engineering. Graduates will identify and solve design problems, as well as use Auto CAD to generate drawings and design in two and three dimensional formats.

Automotive Technology – offers graduates positions in dealerships, independent shops, automotive parts stores and companies with vehicle fleet technicians. A variety of specializations are available, including transmission, brakes, alignment, air conditioning, suspension, steering systems, and many more.

Business Administration— awards successful students an Associate in Applied Science or Associate of Science degree upon the termination of the program. Program highlights include science and mathematics courses, as well as broad-based general education core requirements.

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Although most programs begin in the fall semester, SMCC utilizes a rolling admissions policy, which benefits students by giving them the opportunity to apply and be accepted throughout the year. If a student is admitted for spring semester, they may initially be taking general education classes.

Applicants need to review the variety programs offered and the special requirements for some of them. In addition to the application and fee, a high school transcript or GED certificate are required.


The student body of Southern Maine Community College is comprised of more than 5,600 students, many of whom reside in state-of-the-art on-campus dorms.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Golf
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer
  • Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Local Community

In addition to a vibrant downtown area, South Portland offers a multitude of cultural and recreational activities throughout the year. Mill Creek Park offers the estimated 24,000 residents and visitors alike a gorgeous rose garden, bridge and lovely landscaped pond. Local events are held in this picturesque location, including summer concerts, seasonal ice skating and a tree lighting, as well as the popular Art in the Park show. The Greenbelt walkway consists of a three mile paved trail traversing local neighborhoods and offers scenic views of the harbor. Willard Beach is the area’s last free beach and coupled with the recreational marinas complete the city’s waterfront. A South Portland marina overlooks the city of Portland and the area is home to the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Portland Harbor Museum. Fort Preble, the Lyric Music Theater and the Shoreway Arboretum offer an array of interesting activities for tourists as well as year round residents. For the out-doorsy crowd, Wainwright Farm is a new recreational facility, as well as the established 40 wooded acre Hinckley Park, which features two ponds. Students at Southern Maine Community College enjoy the plethora of recreational offerings and the multitude of historical and cultural destinations located in the vicinity.

A number of well-known people hail from South Portland, including Peter Buck, co-founder of Subway restaurant chain, Brett Brown, professional basketball coach, Clarke Canfield, author and journalist, and Robert G. Albion, college professor, author and historian.

Settlers arrived in South Portland in 1630 and it developed into a residential farming community, which incorporated in 1895. A shipbuilding enterprise was established in 1940, which built cargo ships for Britain. It was combined with another shipyard to meet the expanded needs of the United States, when it entered the second World War. At its peak, over 30,000 people were employed by this shipbuilding corporation. What remains of the shipyard is visible at Bug Light Park, which is the location of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which residents nicknamed “Bug Light”. South Portland has transitioned from a rural, farming community to a large retail center over the course of its history.

Information Summary

Ranks 28th in Maine and 3397th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 43 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 5 0.02
Robbery 12 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 81 0.32
Larceny 760 3.04
Vehicle theft 19 0.08

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5282nd for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near South Portland, ME 04106-1698
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population23,473 (23,458 urban / 15 rural)
Households10,127 (2.27 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,646
Families6,081 (2.85 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1950th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,640 $2,640 $5,280
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $994 $994 $994
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $88 $88 $176
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,264 $16,264 $18,904
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,582 $17,582 $20,222
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,396 $10,396 $13,036

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,470(N/C) $3,470(N/C) $6,050(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,226 $8,280
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,810(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,824(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,724(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,720 $5,362

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NSCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity470
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,320
Board Fee$3,100

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 9 29 11 11 5 715 42 836
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 9 1 10
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 1 17 19
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 14 1 16
Biotechnology 1 2 5
Business Administration and Management, General 2 4 1 4 93 6 110
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 6 1 7
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist
Computer Science
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 2 3 28 2 37
Construction Trades, General 1 12 13
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Criminal Justice/Police Science 4 2 36 4 46
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 32 1 35
Dietetic Technician 12 1 13
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1 1 35 1 41
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 25 1 29
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 24 4 31
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 13 13
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other
Environmental Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 23 2 25
General Studies
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 2
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 9 9
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2 1 10 13
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 9 4 1 1 144 6 171
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 1 16 2 20
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 12 12
Materials Engineering 1 1
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 20 21
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 1 1 29 1 32
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 7 1 8
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 11 1 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 1 53 5 62
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 14 1 17
Surgical Technology/Technologist 3 3
Welding Technology/Welder 3 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2750th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,307 ($55,806 male / $52,554 female)
Number of FT Faculty 109 (59 male / 50 female)
Number of PT Faculty 472
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,691,591

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