Best Engineering Schools in Maine

By | April 29, 2018

This article features top engineering colleges in Maine that offer master and doctoral degrees in the fields of biological engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, etc. Please be informed that each school receives national wide rank as the ranking compares all engineering schools in the United States. Some important ranking factors include average GRE scores, alumni surveys, current student interviews, institutional research publications, and peer college assessment. In the following list of best engineering schools in the state of Maine, you can see tuition cost for both in-state and out-of-state students, acceptable rates and admissions statistics for each top ranked engineering college.

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Best Engineering Schools in Maine

National Ranking Maine Top Engineering Programs
133 University of Maine (Orono, ME)
Overall acceptance rate: 48.9%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 714
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $418 per credit, Out-of-state, full-time: $1,202 per credit
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 182
Research expenditures per faculty member: $542,778
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $34,195,063
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 0.0%

Four Corners

” Four Corners ” is the only place in the USA where the borders of four US states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah converge at right angles drawn along the meridians and parallels.

Such “rectangular” borders have developed historically. These lands became owned by the United States after the victory in the Mexican-American War, which ended in 1848. In 1850, the territories of Utah and New Mexico were created by the US government, the border between which ran along the parallel. In 1861, the territory of Colorado was separated from the territories of Nebraska, Kansas, Utah and New Mexico, the boundaries of which were drawn along parallels and meridians (by the way, there are only two such “rectangular” states in the USA – Colorado and Wyoming). Finally in 1863 from New Mexico Territory the Arizona Territory was carved out, with its eastern boundary defined as a line running south of the southwestern tip of the Colorado Territory, that is, again along the meridian.

Interestingly, such a definition of the border of the new territory was very unusual for the US Congress, which always accurately indicated the geographical coordinates of the borders in its laws. This decision was made in order to avoid possible errors in topographic survey, ensuring that the borders of the four territories converge at one point.

The first marker at the “point of four corners” was installed in 1912, then it was just a concrete platform, in 1931 a bronze disc was installed here, and in 1992 the “four corners” monument was erected.

In the center of the granite slab of the monument there is a bronze disk – directly the point of the “four corners”. Engraved in granite around it is the slogan: “Here freely meet the four states under God.” Four sectors diverge from the center of the monument – these are already the territories of four different states of the USA. In each of the sectors you can see the name of the state and its coat of arms.

Around the monument are the flag of the United States and the flags of all four states, forming the “four corners”.

There is also an unofficial, but popular in the United States, concept of the “four corners region”, that is, the territory surrounding the point of convergence of the borders of the four states. Most of the “Four Corners Region” is occupied by several Indian reservations, and famous US attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde are nearby. The largest cities in the region are Farmington in New Mexico and Durango in Colorado.

The “four corners” monument is very popular with tourists, because it’s interesting to be in four US states at the same time, isn’t it?