University of Southern Maine


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Maine


The University of Southern Maine bills itself as the "most cosmopolitan of Maine's institutions of higher education." The university has three campuses -- its two main hubs are about 20 minutes from each other in Portland and Gorham. In the Lewiston area, a smaller third campus specializes in interdisciplinary education for non-traditional students. The student body as a whole represents a diverse mix of backgrounds with an average student age of 28. About half of all students take classes part-time. USM is a public institution and part of the University of Maine System. Undergraduates can choose from about 50 bachelor degree programs; majors in business, nursing and communications are among the most popular. In athletics, the USM Huskies compete in the NCAA Division III Little East Conference for most sports.

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration, Communication, English, Media Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 10009
Total Grad Students: 2448
Undergraduate Students: 7561
Faculty: 384

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 26:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1

Percent Male: 43%
Percent Female: 57%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 17%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

Abromson Community Education Center
Portland Maine 4104


Main Email:

Main Phone: 800-800-4USM

Additional Campuses:
Gorham Hub
37 College Avenue
Gorham, ME 04038

Lewiston-Auburn Campus
51 Westminster Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

Admissions Contact:
Toni Passerman
Coordinator of Transfer Student Recruitment, Admissions
(800) 800-4USM, ext.5670

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Albert D. Bean, Jr.
Director , Athletics
(207) 780-5588

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A cumulative grade point of average of 2.0 is required for admission (applicants with course work completed at a non-regionally accredited institution must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75).

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In evaluating transfer credit, courses with grades of C- or higher taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities are considered for transfer.

Credits (Min/Max):
There is a minumum requirement of 12 semester hours to apply as a transfer student.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT or ACT test results are required for students who have been graduated from high school for less than three years. Transfer candidates who have previously completed 10 or more courses (30 credits) may forego submitting standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
USM does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
The submission of a personal essay is required with your application.

Application Fee:
There is a $40 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 19 22
English 19 22
Math 18 23
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 440 550
Math 440 550
Writing 440 550

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 78%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -78%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1346

Other Expenses: 3780

Room and Board: 9666

Tuition and Fees: 21260

Total Cost: 36052

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 8900

Total Cost – In-State: 23692

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The USM Office of Financial Aid offers over $62 million in educational loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs to eligible students. USM awards a limited number of transfer scholarships to qualified entering transfer students.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 9789

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 62%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 77%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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