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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Little East Conference
From University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus, public university located in the state’s largest metropolitan hubs with three distinct campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. USM offers a low public tuition and a robust selection of more than 100 on-campus and online courses and degree programs in a variety of disciplines.

USM’s faculty members include Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellows, advisors to state and local government, and acclaimed authors all dedicated to helping USM students put classroom theory into real-world practice by becoming involved in community issues. Through active and service-learning, USM is committed to community engagement both for the benefit of our students and the world around us, evidence that especially in a small state, motivated people can make a big difference.

University of Southern Maine Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
85%
SAT Range
940-1150
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$11,963/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,696/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
8
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
6
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    33%
  • On Campus
    58%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,022Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,368
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Average
    31%
  • Diverse
    24%
  • Movtivated
    24%
  • Non-traditional
    14%
  • Tired
    7%

    Campus Life

    Freshmen Live On-Campus
    Poll
    44%
    of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.52 responses
    Poll
    67%
    of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.72 responses
    Poll
    What one word or phrase best describes your school?
    Based on 34 responses
    Report
    • Helpful
      26%
    • Small
      26%
    • Dedicated
      15%
    • Great!
      15%
    • Underrated
      6%
    • Diverse
      3%
    • Kinda rough
      3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $38,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    39%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    82%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses

    University of Southern Maine Reviews

    720 reviews
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    Great diversity, teachers focus on individual students! Although it is my first year of college, I have been influenced by the new setting and community that it has to offer. As it is known that higher education can improve health and wealth, I strive for these accomplishments while also learning about things that are of great interest to med. To reference professor's Bishop and Verleger, college provides a “unique combination of learning theories” (Berger, 511). I make great use of massive open online courses (MOOC), which help me complete school work without having to be physically present for a class. The diversity in the University of Southern Maine has exposed me to various cultures that I otherwise would not have purposefully exposed myself to. With this, I have learned that although people may come from a different area of the world, our ability to connect to each other is not affected, only enriched.
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    I am taking early college classes at USM while I finish my senior year at high school. I am taking a Marine Biology course and a College Writing course, thus far, my experience has been reassuring and easy to manage, and I have learned a lot! My professor for Marine Biology is not extremely passionate because it is an intro class (with lots of non-majors), but my College Writing professor has made the writing process a lot easier for me. I highly suggest USM!
    I am currently enrolled as a freshman studying Business Management: Entrepreneurship & Small Business and Marketing. Practically my entire family has attended USM: my mother, brother, sister, uncle, cousins, grandmother, etc. So far I love USM due to all the different courses they offer that are of my interest. I have also noticed that all of my professors are passionate about the subjects they teach and truly want their students to learn. I have made friends and many acquaintances who are kind and also great to study with. I like how USM offers little events, for example free breakfast smoothies or lunch which are helpful and convenient for college students. The overall campus is a nice size and it is the vicinity of the Old Port which is nice for students to have. I am grateful for USM and also the financial scholarships they offer for those who have trouble affording the tuition, like myself.