Academics

Location
Waterville, ME
Undergrads
727
Tuition
$22,770
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Thomas College is a very good school because each classroom has an average of 20 kids, maximum. There's a lot of work but definitely doable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The grading system is fair. The professors are great, they're knowledgeable and available to the students at any time. Professors are very flexible too. The registration process is manageable and classes are entertaining.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Forensic Psychologist major, with a Criminal Justice minor, and I'm personally very satisfied with my education so far in Thomas College. The professors are above excellence. My workload can be overwhelming sometimes, but I'm in the honors program, work study, and am involved in other extra-curricular activities. The classes are enjoyable and the programs are do-able.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far I've enjoyed my education, and I am happy with majoring in Psychology. I can handle the workload, and most professors are always available and are experts in their field. Not only do they share the knowledge they know they share the experiences.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Thomas College was never my first choice going through high school. I always thought it was too close to home for me, but i ended up feeling very comfortable there, and the atmosphere felt right. My academic experience at Thomas so far has been great. Most of my professors have made them selves completely available, but there are some that outside of class do nothing not even reply to an email.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 104th
    Best Registration Process
  • 112nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 171st
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 234th
    Smartest Professors
  • 237th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shelby Gilcott
Hometown
Norridgewock, Maine
Major
Sport Management
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The academics at Thomas are very strong, and most students say the College provides a great atmosphere that helps prepare them for their future careers. Most of the professors here have earned their doctorate degree or have worked in the field of study in which they teach, so many have real-world experience. They offer broad knowledge with a variety of teaching methods and styles, but all professors offer extra time with a student if needed. For example, if a student fails a test or is struggling in a certain subject, an appointment can be made with a tutor and/or the professor. Thomas’ small size is a big reason why this is possible.

A Thomas student’s workload depends a lot on their individual professors and syllabi. But if you get bogged down or need help in any area, there are multiple resources available on campus, such as tutors, peer mentors, orientation leaders, professors, advisers, librarians, and other students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
29
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
44
Total FT Faculty
29
Faculty with Terminal Degree
52%
Average Faculty Salary
$51,973
Full-Time Retention Rate
66%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
44%
Programs/Majors Offered
24
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 19%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
There are a variety of online courses for day, graduate, and CED students to take, and the offerings differ each semester. For more details, check out www.thomas.edu/academics/ecourses.asp.
Best Places to Study
  • Barry Dunn Lounge
  • Lounge areas in Administration Building
  • Second floor of the library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask lots of questions.
  • Attend Orientation.
  • Be yourself!
  • Develop good-time management skills.
  • Do your best.
  • Have fun.
  • Stay organized.
  • Try to get involved early with campus activities.
Did You Know?
There is an internship requirement for each major before graduation.

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  • Manageability of workload
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