612 reviews
  1. Portland, ME
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  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+
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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Scores Range
880-1110
ACT Scores Range
20-24
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for University of Southern Maine

Cost

Net Price
$16,484/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,893/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,019/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,412/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,340/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,700/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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
3,985Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
9%
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
Data not available
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 University of Southern Maine

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
47%
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

University of Southern Maine Reviews

612 reviews
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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.
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!
This school has its ups and downs as most do. Some professors are very uncaring and expect much more out of students than they may be able to give. However, we do have many great professors who do care for the students and take time to help them whenever necessary. There have been classes I have loved because of my professor and classes that I have hated because of my professor. I think the USM campus has a nice, safe feel and I like that it's a smaller school. We have fun events regularly and it's very easy to get involved on campus, which I enjoy doing. The food is usually pretty awful though and there aren't many options for what to eat. That's probably my least favorite thing about the school.