Finance Authority of Maine: FAM
If you don't mind the cold, you'll love spending four or more years in Maine pursuing your college degree. Natives of this northern state note that there's only about two months of summer here, and the rest of the year is quite conducive to diving into the books and studying. Indeed, Maine boasts enough good colleges to attract both out-of-state and international students and is a favorite with those who love winter sports.
The University of Maine system is huge with seven campuses located throughout the state in Fort Kent and Presque Island in the north; Orono and Machias in the central portion of the state; and Farmington, Augusta and Portland in the south. Statewide, enrollment is just under 35,000 students, and each campus has its own specialty. The University of Southern Maine, the Portland campus, also has a School of Law. Tuition at UM is extremely affordable, especially for residents.
Located in the center of the state in Waterville, Colby College was the first all-male college in New England to admit women in 1871. This highly selective liberal arts college has an enrollment of about 1,800 students, and a whopping 70 percent of Colby's student population studies abroad for at least one semester. There are more than 50 majors from which to choose, and though the school is relatively small, students can participate in more than 30 varsity teams and 100 student-run clubs.