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
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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

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
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,730Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
47%
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
$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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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.
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Though I'm just beginning my journey in attaining higher education, this university stands out as being remarkably clean and organized. From word of mouth the reviews I've read of USM, there is little reason to not want to attend this school if you reside within the Portland area. Its financial services staff and advisors are professional and diligently serve to ensure that students succeed, and the professors are dedicated to their students. Thus far, I'm rather quite impressed with the experience.
Great art program that is definitely underrated (much like USM as a whole). Two major downsides are poor cafeteria food quality (same program that provides prison food) and terrible parking situation (not nearly enough parking spots- visitors during sporting events and commuters always take up resident spots, which are already very limited as it is). But it's affordable and so much more worth it than paying for some overpriced, fancy out-of-state school.