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.
NCAA Division III (without football)
Little East Conference
University of Southern Maine Rankings
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High School GPA
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Early Decision/Early Action
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.49 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses
University of Southern Maine Reviews
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!
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.