Location
South Portland, ME
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition (in-state)
$6,050 ($3,470)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 174 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I have had a wonderful experience with the staff here. I feel that they really go out of their way to make sure my needs are met and that I understand what is going on. I have had people go above-and-beyond for me here and I appreciate it. SMCC transferred credits I needed to apply toward my Associate's degree and they have a form where you can see exactly which classes transferred to meet which degree requirements. Because of this, I am graduating much sooner than I expected. When registering for classes, I always see a night option (or many) available and I think this school must be great for working students.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: This is a really small campus located on a beach. I think the facilities are fine and have no complaints, but this isn't something I think about on a regular basis. I suppose the fact that I don't think about it means my school is doing great in this department.

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4 College Senior

Campus Resources: There is a huge gym and we have athletic teams here. The library is housed in the Learning Center and at least one copy of every class's textbook is available to use on-site. This is really awesome for when people can't afford to buy their textbooks, yet, or simply don't want to buy them. The Learning Center also offers free tutoring (with several tutors available and good availability for a variety of subjects) and writing workshops. This is my third community college and SMCC definitely has the best Learning Center, so far. There are plenty of computers available for use (no time limits) with lots of printers for easy printing. The campus is small and easily walk-able. Paths are shoveled on snowy days and the school is located right on the beach. Very nice aesthetics! There are loads of campus activities and organizations hold bake sales and such almost every week.

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5 College Senior

Campus Resources: I use the free WiFi daily and have never had a problem. The network is very fast and there are plenty of computers available for student use around campus. The Learning Center (library) loans laptops to students for on-site use. I assume this is for when all the desktop computers are being used. Going here, I have no need for a printer at home. At the beginning of the semester, I was charged $20 for printing fees and that $20 goes a long way with the on-campus printers.

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College Senior

Online Courses: I have not taken any online courses here. I am grateful that there doesn't seem to be rampant online class integration into the standard classes. That trend seems to be spreading around the country, but it hasn't hit SMCC and I hope it never does.

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4 College Senior

Student Body: I love watching people interact with each other around campus. There is a dining hall and dorm here, which is definitely not standard fare for community colleges. As a result, I hear people talking about their interactions outside of class quite often. There are plenty of organizations to take part in and my fellow students are quite helpful. In the lounge, students can buy food and hang out watching tv or using the computers there. Many people play games on different days. I love it when the Dungeon and Dragons players take up the middle of the lounge.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had a great time at school so far. I've learned more than I anticipated! I'm sad that they don't have a Veterinary Technology program or Pre-Veterinary but I can get most of the classes I need to start that at another school anyways. It saves me a lot of money!

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is so cheap for Maine students. I will have no trouble paying it off. Sadly, I can't say that about my future colleges though.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I was going for Nursing but I recently decided I want to go for Animal/Veterinary Science (Pre-Vet) which my school doesn't offer. I'll continue to take core classes and lots of science classes until I decide to transfer. The Pre-Nursing program was pretty awesome though but there it's hard to get into the actual Nursing program.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: There is a variety of teachers and classes. Registration was super easy, you can do it online from your portal. The workload is do-able.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: I love my online classes. The teachers are usually available by email if you have any questions and are prompt with their help. You have to budget your time with online classes. There are deadlines just like in a real classroom but still much more flexible than a real classroom.

4 College Junior

Student Body: There is such a huge array of students but they're all pretty awesome.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I was able to take classes around my work so I'm able to keep an income while earning my degree. I've heard it's easy to transfer credits within the state of Maine. I plan on going to the University of Maine in Orono for Pre-Vet. I hope all my credits transfer (I'm pretty much counting on it).

4 College Junior

Facilities: It's a community college so it's not huge like most others. There is a huge variety of people going there of all races and ages. I don't live on campus so that saves me a good amount of money. I have a very easy commute. The classes are awesome. The teachers are just as good as they are at state colleges or universities.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: The campuses are awesome. I go to the one in Brunswick. They don't have many classes available there yet but they will within the next few years!

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: They have a computer lab at my campus. The internet is great, I've never had any issues.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I think there is quite a bit of flexibility with electives - you could probably take something from a technical program

if it interested you. They are working on articulation agreements in the region, so that should be helping people transferring to a bachelor's. I had all necessary credit transferred accepted to two private schools I applied to. It is an accredited school, so there shouldn't be any unwarranted surprises there. This is a two year school, but I was able to take some 300-level courses through a local exchange agreement. Were I starting again today, I would focus more on honors courses (they didn't have them when I started) and the exchange classes.

3 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: My workplace has given up on career services here as it takes them months to post a job, or at least that was the situation a couple of years back. I never felt any of the jobs posted were appropriate to me, but I was in Liberal Studies. If you are in a focused technical program it may be different.

4 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: Great diversity with students of different ethnic backgrounds, religious tolerance, and LGBT visibility. The last class I took had everyone from a home schooled 16 year old to new citizens to 50+ thinking about a career change.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Very picturesque setting by an ocean and a beach. Most of the buildings are nice - the gym's a bit older, but I liked the free exercise classes there. I love the Construction Technology shop, where I have a class - it's enormous!

3 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: Only used it one year. The office was always open with someone to answer my questions - I think it's very important to self educate yourself on the topic. My education came at a very low price and got me ready to transfer to another college, so I have no complaints

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4 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: I was really happy with my online algebra class - I could study intensively on my own and only had to come to campus for exams. My teacher was available if I needed her. I got an A!

5 College Freshman

Online Courses: I've only used BlackBoard so far

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5 College Freshman

Student Body: Everyone has been very kind and helpful

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4 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: They have been helpful up to this point

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