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  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 3,750 undergraduate students. The Southern Maine acceptance rate is 80%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Health Professions. Graduating 34% of students, Southern Maine alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,200.
About University of Southern Maine...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Little East Conference
Address
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103
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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
80%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
870-1090
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
$15,019/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,059/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,998/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,780/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,873/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,067/ year
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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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,750Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Average
    27%
  • Movtivated
    27%
  • Diverse
    23%
  • Non-traditional
    15%
  • 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.47 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.67 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Helpful
    31%
  • Small
    28%
  • Dedicated
    17%
  • Great!
    14%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Strict
    3%
  • Uncaring
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
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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University of Southern Maine Reviews

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University of Southern Maine has a friendly environment. It is very easy to find your way around campus because it is fairly small. There are also a ton of maps around to help you on your way. If there are no maps around, asking someone would do the trick! The professors are willing to help you with any issues or concerns. They have an excellent tutoring program at USM that is free as well! There are so many different ways to succeed here!
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I've enjoyed my first semester at USM. The school overall is okay! I love the Music Department. I'm a Music Education Major, and I couldn't be happier in my department. I love the music staff and most of my classes. The food is okay, The campus is okay, there's a town square that's in walking distance with Hannafords, Goodwill, Burger King, Rite Aid, and theres a shuttle that takes you to the Portland Campus, and downtown Portland is about a 20 minute walk from there.
I enjoyed my time at USM as a commuter, but I can see it being boring and uneventful for on-campus students. Splitting time between the two campuses can be enjoyable or annoying depending on your preferences and major. I appreciated USM's effort to interact with students and the community, and I considered most of my professors to be above average and incredibly helpful. Overall, I found USM to be worth the money (as an in-state student) and would recommend it to any commuter student looking for an affordable and straightforward college experience. There are probably better Universities in the southern/central Maine area for students looking for a more engaging on-campus lifestyle.