University of Southern Maine

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The University of Southern Maine offers Associate, Bachelor's,
Master's, Doctoral, and First Professional Degrees. The school is small
to medium in size, having 7,879 undergraduate students and a graduate
enrollment of 1,861.
Admissions Information
The University of Southern Maine does have an application fee that is
charged for applying. The fee is $40. If you do apply, you should know
that 81% of the applicants are admitted as students. If you choose USM
as your university of choice, then there is a 67% chance that you will
be back at least for a second year.
College Majors
Area, Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies

  •  French Studies
  •  German Studies
  •  Hispanic-American Studies
  •  Russian/Slavic Area Studies
  •  Women's Studies

Arts, Visual & Performing

  •  Acting
  •  Art – General
  •  Art History/Criticism/Conservation
  •  Arts – General
  •  Arts Management
  •  Directing/Theatrical Production
  •  Drama/Theater Arts
  •  Drawing
  •  Fine/Studio Arts
  •  Jazz Studies
  •  Music – General
  •  Music – General Performance
  •  Music – Piano/Organ
  •  Music – Voice/Opera
  •  Painting
  •  Sculpture
  •  Stringed Instruments
  •  Theatre Arts Management

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

  •  Biology
  •  Biotechnology

Business, Management & Marketing

  •  Accounting
  •  Accounting/Finance
  •  Business – General
  •  Business Administration/Management
  •  Finance/Banking
  •  Management Information Systems
  •  Marketing Management
  •  Organizational Behavior Studies
  •  Real Estate

Communications & Journalism

  •  Communications/Rhetoric
  •  Mass Communications/Media Studies

Computer & Information Sciences

  •  Computer Programming – General
  •  Computer Programming – Specific Applications
  •  Computer Science
  •  Computer/Information Sciences – General

Construction Trades

  •  Construction Site Management


  •  Art Teacher Education
  •  Elementary Education
  •  Mathematics Education
  •  Music Teacher Education
  •  Technology/Industrial Arts Education


  •  Electrical/Communications Engineering
  •  Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technologies

  •  Electrical Engineering Technologies
  •  Manufacturing Technologies

English Language and Literature

  •  English Composition
  •  English Language & Literature – General

Foreign Language & Literature

  •  Classics
  •  Foreign Language & Literature – General
  •  French
  •  Linguistics

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

  •  Athletic Training/Sports Medicine
  •  Environmental Health
  •  Medical Radiologic Technology
  •  Nursing (RN)
  •  Nursing – Pediatric
  •  Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical
  •  Nursing – Psychiatric
  •  Predentistry
  •  Premedicine
  •  Preveterinary Medicine
  •  Recreational Therapy


  •  History – General

Law & Legal Studies

  •  Prelaw

Liberal Arts & Sciences

  •  General Studies
  •  Humanities
    Liberal Arts & Sciences


  •  Mathematics – General

Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

  •  Behavioral Sciences

 Global Studies

  •  Mathematics/Computer Science

 Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  •  Environmental Safety and Health
  •  Environmental Science
  •  Environmental Studies

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

  •  Exercise Sciences
  •  Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General

Philosophy & Religion

  •  Philosophy

Physical Sciences

  •  Chemistry
  •  Geology
  •  Physics


  •  Psychology – General

Public Administration & Services

  •  Social Work

Social Sciences

  •  Anthropology
  •  Criminology
  •  Economics
  •  Geography
  •  International Relations
  •  Political Science/Government
  •  Social Sciences – General B
  •  Sociology

Online Degrees
 BS in Business Administration, General Management, Generalist Track
 BA in Liberal Studies, Humanities Track
 BS in Applied Technical Leadership
 BS in Leadership and Organizational Studies
 BS in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Integrative Professional Studies Track
 BA in Communication
 MS in Adult and Higher Education
 MS in Special Education
 MA in Leadership Studies

The University of Southern Maine is accredited through the Commission
on Institutions of Higher Education. The assessments for this are done
every ten years. The last review for the university was in 2011. These
assessments are helpful to keep steering schools in the direction of
having standardized education that is the best for the students.
Financial Aid

As you look into what school you will attend after you graduate from
high school, the cost is something that you will likely consider
critical. Financial aid will be an important part of your
decision-making process.
USM accepts financial aid from the government. Along with government
aid is the scholarship option. There are many scholarships available
that you can find online as you research. USM offers their own set of
scholarships, including the following:

 The USM Pioneers Program
 Adams Family Scholarship
 Aileen M. Carroll -65 Scholarship
 Alfred Clarke Memorial Scholarship
 Augusta Montaine Scholarship
 Blackwood Family Scholarship
 Dorothy L. Snowman Scholarship
 Dr. Francis L. Bailey Scholarship
 Elizabeth B. Woodwell -75 Scholarship
 Ethel Noyes Mortensen nursing Scholarship
 Gertrude L. Stone Scholarship
 Hervey A. Hanscom Scholarship
 John R. Babine Memorial Scholarship
 Lucille Laliberte Working Mother Scholarship
 Lunder Scholars
 Mabel Stuart and Mary Daveis Scholarship
 Madelyn Ulmer Scholarship
 Mary L. Hastings Scholarship
 Nora and Grace Nason Scholarship
 Pond Family Scholarship
 Ralph Rusty Willis Scholarship
 Student Housing
At USM there are a variety of options available for housing. Every room
has cable, high  speed Internet, micro fridge/freezer/microwave,
desk, chair, dresser, twin bed, and closet. Some rooms will have more
than this. Apartments and suites have a few more options available.
You can feel secure in the housing at USM because they have campus card
access and there is security at each building's desk at 7 pm every

General Information

Admission Office

37 College Avenue

Gorham, ME 04038

(207) 780-5670

(800) 800-4876

Fax: (207) 780-5640

Contact: Scott Steinberg

Director of Undergraduate Admission
Main Address

37 College Avenue

Gorham, ME 04038

(207) 780-4141

Total undergrads: 7,879

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,027

Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,483

Graduate enrollment: 1,861


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 81%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 67%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

French Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Arts Management B
Directing/Theatrical Production B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Painting B
Sculpture B
Stringed Instruments B
Theatre Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Biotechnology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Accounting/Finance B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B,C
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B
Real Estate C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General B
Computer Programming – Specific Applications B
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Construction Trades

Construction Site Management B


Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
Linguistics B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Environmental Health B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Pediatric B
Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B
Nursing – Psychiatric B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Global Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Saftey and Health B
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Criminology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the
accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to
change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions

University of Southern Maine Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (207) 780-4141
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME 04103
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 8,429
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 33%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,036 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,226
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,050
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,671

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Southern Maine Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Southern Maine.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 111
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 122
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12103
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 231
Education 17311
Engineering 3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 211
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 176121
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 211
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 4121
Social Sciences 49
Visual and Performing Arts 285
Grand total 7266423

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Southern Maine and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,226
Out-of-state $22,050
Books and supplies $600

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,502
Out-of-state $21,462

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 891 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 855 93% $8,671
Student loan aid 541 59% $6,547

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,896 61% $8,229
Federal student loans 2,804 44% $6,296

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Southern Maine. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Southern Maine students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,996 1,982 3,014
Percent admitted 100% 79% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 19% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Southern Maine Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 8,429
Undergraduate enrollment 6,675
Graduate enrollment 1,754

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Southern Maine Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
    • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

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