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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B-
Southern Maine is a public university located in Portland, Maine. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,901 undergraduate students. The Southern Maine acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Health Professions. Graduating 33% of students, Southern Maine alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,000.
About University of Southern Maine...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Little East Conference
Address
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103

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

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
950-1160
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$11,338/ 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
$9,062/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,901Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,209
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Average
    25%
  • Diverse
    25%
  • Movtivated
    25%
  • Non-traditional
    14%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Tired
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
43%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.49 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Helpful
    29%
  • Small
    26%
  • Dedicated
    16%
  • Great!
    16%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Kinda rough
    3%
  • Strict
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
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
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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!
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I am very satisfied with the education I am receiving at the University of Southern Maine. This is my second bachelor’s degree and have received amazing support by both professors and advisors about accomplishing my academic goals. I appreciate the flexibility of having classes offered at different times, formats, and locations across the state. The diversity of the student body has also enriched my academic experience here. I find the academic rigor of the courses challenging. If I could change one thing about the University is that I would expand the courses available at satellite campuses. Overall, I highly recommend the University of Southern Maine.
From the perspective of a new student enrolling into the school and one that has spent two summers on the Gorham, Maine campus during a program: USM, as it is commonly referred to, seems to provide a solid foundation for education but lacks individuality and a particular culture to call its own. Helpful staff, decent professors, and a comparatively small tuition bill, USM offers many Maine residents the chance to attend college and graduate with a reasonable bill. Some buildings on the Portland campus seem slightly dilapidated, though the main buildings are very nice. In the Gorham campus, freshman housing is one of the best you can get. Though you're required to share a room, the room size is one of the most spacious compared to other offerings. Though this only takes into account the dorms in Woodward Hall.