University of Southern Maine Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

University of Southern Maine Portland
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University of Southern Maine Description:

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.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 7,855 (6,189 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 61% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,796 (in-state); $18,508 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,980
  • Other Expenses: $3,000
  • Total Cost: $21,976 (in-state); $32,688 (out-of-state)

University of Southern Maine Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 70%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,385
    • Loans: $6,900

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication, English, Media Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 63%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 36%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 14%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 34%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Ice Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Southern Maine Mission Statement:

read the complete mission statement at

"The University of Southern Maine, northern New England's outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service..."

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