Explore a criminal justice degree at Thomas College

Facts and Stats

Thomas at a Glance

  • Established in 1894.
  • Located in Waterville, Maine, 90 minutes north of Portland, 60 minutes south of Bangor, and 3.5 hours north of Boston.
  • Our residential campus is made up of 120 acres.
  • President Laurie Lachance is the College’s fifth president, first female president, and a graduate of Thomas’s MBA program.
  • Thomas College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

  • Degrees conferred: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts
  • Thomas offers more than 60 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students across nearly 20 areas of study, all focused on quality job placement and lifelong success.
  • Average class size is 17 students, based on 100-level courses.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.
  • Students can participate in internships and study abroad in all majors.


As of Fall 2022:

  • Approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students
  • 47% men, 53% women
  • 80% from Maine
  • 48% first-generation to attend college
  • 14% students of color
  • 23 states and 13 countries represented
  • 66% residents, 34% commuters

As of Fall 2022:

  • Retention: 77% of entering students continue with Thomas College in their second year.
  • Graduation: 51% of entering students earn their degrees at Thomas College.

Eligible students can receive financial assistance through any combination of Thomas College scholarships, need-based financial aid, outside scholarships (including private foundations and veteran's programs), student loans, and work study.

Cost of Attendance for Undergraduate Programs for 2023-2024
  • Tuition And Fees: $30,896
  • Housing and Food: $13,678
  • Total Cost: $44,574
Financial Aid for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
  • Students who applied for financial assistance and received an award: 98%
  • Students who applied for financial assistance and received FAFSA assistance: 95%
  • Total assistance offered by Thomas College: $13.6 Million
  • Average financial aid award package for first-year students: $33,342
  • Students eligible for Federal Pell Grants: 42%
  • Minimum GPA to activate Thomas College's locked-in tuition guarantee: 3.8


As of Fall 2022:

  • 98% of Thomas graduates have a job, enroll in graduate school, or join the military within 6 months.
  • Nearly 70% of students participate in one or more internships
  • Thomas guarantees job placement for students who maintain a 3.0-grade point average, participate in an internship, and work with career services.


  • Thomas College admits students on a rolling basis and encourages applicants to submit their materials in the fall or winter. The priority deadline for admission is March 15.
  • Admission decisions typically take one week once all required materials are submitted.

Entering Class Profile for Fall 2022:

  • 257 degree-seeking entering students
  • Average GPA: 3.4
  • 44% male, 56% female
  • 77% from Maine
  • 46% first generation to college
  • 15% students of color
  • 14 states and 11 countries represented
  • 86% residents, 14% commuters


  • Typically, about 85% of first-year students live on campus. Thomas College students have on-campus housing options including community living, hotel-style housing, suite-style housing, or townhouses.
  • There are about 30 student organizations, and students can participate in a range of programming, recreational activities, and intramural sports.


  • The Thomas College Terriers are an NCAA Division III school in the North Atlantic Conference with schools all over New England.
  • Thomas offers varsity athletic programs for men's baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track & field, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, soccer, and tennis, and we have women’s basketball, cross country, field hockey, indoor track & field, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, soccer, softball, and tennis. We also have a club team for ice hockey and a varsity esports program.
  • Typically, about 45% of students are student-athletes.
  • As of Fall 2022, the Terriers have won 19 conference championships and competed in 129 conference tournaments.