Maine Maritime Academy is listed in the rankings of the nation’s top baccalaureate colleges for the northern region in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college was also ranked among the nation’s top 50 engineering colleges in the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

Based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty conducted during the spring of 2010, Maine Maritime Academy was ranked 42nd in the undergraduate engineering category.

Maine Maritime Academy was ranked for the fourth consecutive year in the section titled Best Baccalaureate Colleges (By Region). Maine Maritime Academy was placed as ninth overall in the listing of public and private colleges located in the north, a region defined in the publication as spanning from Maine to Maryland. In the last two editions, Maine Maritime Academy was placed at 10th, and the previous year as 14th within the overall regional category.

In all four editions, Maine Maritime Academy has held on to the third position within the regional list as a top public college within its regional category. Placing behind two federally run academies, Maine Maritime Academy was the first state-funded college to appear on that list in each of the four most recent editions.

The college was also listed in a number of sub-categories for the region: a seventh place ranking in the category Economic Diversity Among Top-Ranked Schools: Baccalaureate Colleges (North), and a seventh place ranking in the category titled Average Freshmen Retention Rates: Baccalaureate Colleges (North) based on an 83 percent first-year student retention rate.

For the second year, Maine Maritime Academy was ranked as number 10 among its northern baccalaureate counterparts in the category Highest Graduation Rate.

Maine Maritime Academy was founded in 1941 by an act of the 90th Maine Legislature and has no mandatory service obligations for any of its graduates. The college will begin the 2010-2011 academic year Monday, Aug. 30 with maximum enrollment.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the category in which Maine Maritime Academy was evaluated was defined as institutions that “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate education experience and offer a broad range of degree programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of all bachelor’s degrees granted), and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.” U.S. News & World Report reported that there were 319 baccalaureate colleges within the four regions that they considered nationwide.

For more information on the rankings, visit colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.