Thomas College international students posing with Luke Shorty in the Hall of Flags

International Students

Thomas College is proud to be a global community. Our students come from 13 countries, with 11 countries represented by the entering class alone. If you’re an international student, your pathway to a promising future begins right here in Waterville, Maine, USA.

Life at Thomas

Our Inspiring Environment

The Thomas College campus is located on 120 acres of woods and fields along the historic Kennebec River in Waterville, Maine. We are about three hours northeast from Boston, Massachusetts, and Maine’s largest city, Portland, is an hour by car. Our college town is an especially welcoming environment. We have all four seasons, meaning that summers are sunny and warm, while winters offer some colder temperatures and occasional snow.

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Thomas college students and athletes at a game

A Welcoming Family

Thomas College is a close-knit community united by a desire to experience the beauty of our natural surroundings and a vision for how we become the neighbors, employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders of tomorrow. In a typical year, we have about 800 students and 130 employees. In Fall 2022, our students came from 23 states and 13 countries, with 14% students of color and 48% who are first-generation to college.

The majority of our students live on campus rather than commute each day, so it’s a very residential community. We have five residence halls, and each residence has lounges, study areas, computer labs, laundry facilities, vending machines, and wireless internet. Your bedroom comes with a bedframe and mattress, bureau, desk, cable TV capability, and a high-speed internet port. You can decide how to make your space feel like home, but we have a list of recommended items, many of which can be purchased once you get to campus.

Expect to Be Known

Here at Thomas College, we offer academic programs across our three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the H. Allen Ryan School of Business, and the Peter and Paula Lunder School of Education. No matter what you study, you can expect a personalized and innovative experience. The average class size for 100-level courses is just 17 students, so your professors and peers know you by name.

You will find more than 50 undergraduate degree programs, as well as graduate degree programs and certificates of advanced study. Students interested in earning their bachelor’s degree in three years and a master’s during their fourth year can choose to pursue our 3+1 Program. Popular areas of study include Business, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, and Education—but with so many options, you’re sure to find the perfect pathway to your promising future, guaranteed. In fact, we have a one-of-a-kind Guaranteed Job Program and dedicated Professional and Career Development team to ensure that our students find success during and after their studies at Thomas.

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thomas college students cheering at a sporting event

Value Beyond the Classroom

At Thomas College, the social aspect of campus life is part of your personal growth—and we want you to enjoy it. We give you incredible opportunities for co-curricular learning, leadership, and fun diversions from your studies so you can meet people, discover new interests, and learn what truly matters to you. Our location, Waterville, offers easy access to a range of landscapes, inviting all sorts of recreation. This is your time to try white water rafting, skiing or snowboarding, disc golf, or hiking. Additionally, we have about 30 student clubs and organizations, as well as intramural sports that are also open to all students. About 45 percent of our students participate in our 19 varsity athletic programs, and we have amazing facilities for our student-athletes and their supporters.

Join Our Community

Applying to Thomas College is easy, and we’re here to help you. We’re also committed to making this experience affordable for our international students, which means offering scholarships like our Welcome to Maine Scholarship.

Reach Out With Questions

We have a team of individuals here to support you during any step of your college search and application process. Please contact us if we can help answer your questions!

International RegionInternational RecruiterContact Information
Africa, Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Middle East)Shivang MalikEmail: [email protected]
Phone / WhatsApp: +91 95485 21052
Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, South Korea)Surin TanEmail: [email protected]
Phone / WhatsApp / Telegram / Viber: +65 9696 3315
WeChat / Kakao: surintan
Skype / LINE: surinsiwei
All Other RegionsUndergraduate: TBD
Graduate: Kristin Bishop
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 207-859-1101
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 207-859-1255

Mailing Address

Admissions Office
Thomas College
180 West River Road
Waterville, ME 04901