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University of Southern Maine
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  • 4 Year
  • PORTLAND, ME

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The health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is of paramount importance. All decisions and actions pertaining to our campus activities are grounded in protecting all members of the University of Southern Maine (USM) community from the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Guidelines are subject to change and will be announced on this page.

Report Card

grade C
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade C+
  2. Value
    grade B
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade D+
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade B minus
  8. Location
    grade A
  9. Dorms
    grade D+
  10. Campus Food
    grade C
  11. Student Life
    grade C minus
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

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.

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University of Southern Maine Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
88%
SAT Range
950-1160
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$12,072 / 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
$8,882 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 42 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 59 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 59 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    42%
  • On Campus
    13%
  • Online
    45%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,773 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,325
Undergrads Over 25
23%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
  • Diverse
    31%
  • Average
    26%
  • Movtivated
    20%
  • Non-traditional
    14%
  • Tired
    6%
  • I don't know, I'm remote
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
45%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 58 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Helpful
    28%
  • Small
    23%
  • Great!
    15%
  • Dedicated
    13%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Uncaring
    5%
  • Underrated
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
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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