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Maine Central Institute

Maine Central Institute Facts

Founded by Free Will Baptists in 1866, Maine Central Institute was incorporated for the purpose of "feeding" students equipped with the proper educational background, to Bates College in Lewiston, which was a seminary at that time.

MCI’s first catalog advertised two courses—a "College Preparatory Course" for males and a "Ladies Course," which did not prepare female graduates for further study.

MCI pledges to provide a rigorous, comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body with a wide range of abilities and interests. In a safe and caring atmosphere, students will acquire knowledge, self-esteem, social responsibility, and the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning.