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University of Southern Maine

  • Portland, ME
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 7,098
    total students
  • $7,590 | $19,950
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 82%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

The University of Southern Maine - Maine's Metropolitan University

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public university located in Central and Southern Maine, which includes the largest urban areas in Maine. As Maine's Metropolitan University, USM prepares students to play vital roles in the diverse economic, civic, social, and cultural fabric of Maine and beyond. Each of USM's 3 environmentally friendly campuses, located in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston, is unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university. The University of Southern Maine offers a robust selection of on-campus and online courses and degree programs in liberal arts; STEM disciplines including a new cyber security lab; business; and visual and performing arts. Division III athletics programs offer athletes the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. Most recently 5 teams won their regional championships, including baseball, women's basketball, and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track teams. The university mascot is Champ, the Husky.

The faculty members at the University of Southern Maine often put theory into practice by becoming involved in community issues. Their area expertise, commitment to excellence and innovation often provides a strong foundation to community members looking to solve complex issues, regionally, nationally and even globally. USM students bring curiosity, a strong work ethic, intelligence and a desire to succeed. This close-knit collaboration of talent has created and supported an in-depth network of alumni and public and private community partners across Maine.

A USM education emphasizes internships and service learning. Internships help students' transition from their college experience to being a professional in a work environment. Students also benefit by gaining experience in chosen career paths and exploring different career choices. These experiences have become a valuable part of many graduates' resumes. University of Southern Maine students have access to a wide range of opportunities with state and local government, triple-A sports teams, leading teaching hospitals, and a variety of music and performing arts venues -- opportunities not readily available in larger or more populous states.

Learning. Engaging. Giving Back.

USM's vast network of alumni, private and public community partners, expert faculty members, and broad program offerings provide valuable and deep connections throughout the state of Maine. Serving as a center for discovery, scholarship, and creativity, the University of Southern Maine embraces academic freedom for students, faculty members, and staff members; advocates diversity; and supports sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. USM is a major educational engine in the overall growth and development of the Central and Southern Maine regions. In 2012-13, more than 5,000 students contributed services through internships and service learning opportunities, representing a value to Maine communities of more than $6.2 million. This exemplifies one of many ways in which USM fulfills its mission of learning, engaging and giving back to the communities it serves.

Academics

USM offers a broad range of undergraduate degree programs. Students may choose from a variety of formats that meet their needs, including full-time, part-time, day, evening, online or on campus. Many courses and degree programs are offered online and are developed and taught by the same expert faculty members who teach on campus.

With a student population of nearly 9,000, representing 40 states and 36 foreign countries, USM is known as a close-knit, welcoming community. The university offers over 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, with small class sizes that average 25 students and a faculty member-student ratio of 1:15.

The USM School of Business is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an achievement earned by fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide.

USM Admission & Financial Aid

To reach a knowledgeable staff member, interested students should please contact the following:

Undergraduate Admission: High school students or current undergraduates looking to transfer please call 207-780-5670 or email: usmadm@usm.maine.edu

Office of Financial Aid: For information about USM's financial aid, interested students should please call 207-780-5250 or email: fin-aid@usm.maine.edu

Academic Recognition

For several years running, most recently in 2014, the University of Southern Maine has been named A Best College in the Northeast, by "The Princeton Review," which also ranked USM's AACSB-accredited business school as one of the 295 best in the US -- the only Maine business school to make the list. In other rankings, USM was named a Military Friendly School for 2014 by Victory Media, which placed the university among the top 15% of schools that go "above and beyond" for military students. "Affordable Colleges Online" ranked USM 6th of the 9 Maine colleges it recognizes as having the highest return on investment, among 43 Maine schools analyzed. The USM Tourism and Hospitality program was ranked among the 20 Best Tourism Degree Programs by the independent website, "The Best Schools."

Athletics

The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics provides opportunities for students to realize their potential through a commitment to academics, athletics, personal development, career development, and service to the community.

USM teams are known as the Southern Maine Huskies. The university sponsors 23 sports at the NCAA Division III level. The majority of teams compete in the Little East Conference; wrestling competes as an independent Division III team, and men's and women's ice hockey teams compete in the ECAC East.

In 2013, the Southern Maine Huskies' baseball team won the 2013 NCAA Division III New England

Regional title and went on to compete in the NCAA Division III World Series. The team finished as the National Runner Up, with 3 players earning All-American honors, including National Player of the Year, Tucker White.

A total of 5 USM teams (baseball, women's basketball, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor and outdoor track and field) won their conference championships in 2012-13.

Men's sports include: baseball, basketball, cross-country, ice hockey, indoor track and field, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, tennis, and wrestling.

Women's sports include: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, ice hockey, indoor track and field, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Co-ed sports include: cheerleading and golf.


Location & Contact

96 Falmouth Street, PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
USA

Rachel Morales

Interim Director of Undergraduate Admission

Phone: 207-780-5770
Email: usmadm@usm.maine.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Exercise Physiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting and Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Industrial Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Therapeutic Recreation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

82% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,993
    • Accepted3,284
    • Acceptance Rate82%
    • Enrolled7,098
    • Female Applicants2,353
    • Females Accepted1,958
    • Female Acceptance Rate83%
    • Male Applicants1,640
    • Males Accepted1,326
    • Male Acceptance Rate80%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Interview
      auditions for music majors
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.14
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer February 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 440 550
    • SAT Math 430 550
    • SAT Writing 430 530
    • ACT Composite 19 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$7,590
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,950
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,330.00
    • Room and board *$9,820.00
    • Room only *$5,100.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students7,098
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino1.73%
    • Black or African American2.76%
    • White or Caucasian73.74%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.77%
    • Asian2.06%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races1.73%
    • Unknown16.23%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.9% representing 19 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students9.6% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 18%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Outing and Ski Clubs, Gorham Events Board, Commuter Student Group, Circle K
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other security lighting, preventive programs within residence halls

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Fencing No Yes No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing No Yes No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing No Yes No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty659
    • Full-time Percentage52%
    • Part-time Percentage48%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 6,064 students to 421 faculty


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