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
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
University of Southern Maine is ...
Public
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
88%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
860-1100
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for University of Southern Maine

Cost

Net Price
$16,238/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,509/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,239/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,553/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,488/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,556/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.45 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,730Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Movtivated
    30%
  • Average
    26%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Non-traditional
    17%
  • Tired
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
45%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.44 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Helpful
    31%
  • Small
    31%
  • Dedicated
    19%
  • Great!
    15%
  • Uncaring
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses
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As an American Sign Language Interpreting major, I have had some very rewarding but difficult classes. My professors within the Linguistics department have been incredibly knowledgeable and helpful to their students. I know that for required courses (often with larger classes), bring a less dedicated professor. If it were not for my major (not offered in my home state), I do not think that I would have chosen this school. Tuition is expensive for out of state students, the campus is mostly commuter, most dorms are disliked by students, and the food is terrible. The split life living between two campuses does sound nice in theory: both the city scene and a quiet residential area. But all live on Gorham and unless one has a car, the only way to get to Portland is by the shuttle (which is only at certain times during the day). Overall, I do love my major and classes at USM. I wish that there was a larger community on campus and that the school stressed the importance of community more.
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University of Southern Maine is an amazing school with three campuses with tons of options! The athletics are super competitive and the academics are fantastic. The school is also extremely affordable for both in state and out of state students.
I lived in Robie Andrews Dorm for two semesters. Overall, the social atmosphere with students here and RAs were good. They had some great activities to do during the semester and overall was good in that respect.

However, the downside of this building is that it was old, the internet wasn't that great there, they put me in a quad (that had no doors separating the two rooms linked. Mostly roommates had to pass through my room to get to their room), and the price was too high for what I got back!