Resources › For Students and Parents University of Southern Maine Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print University of Southern Maine Portland. Jeffrey B. Ferland / Wikipedia For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated August 07, 2017 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): University of Southern Maine Acceptance Rate: 80%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 440 / 550SAT Math: 430 / 540SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanCompare SAT scores for Maine CollegesACT Composite: 19 / 25ACT English: 17 / 24ACT Math: 18 / 25What these ACT numbers meanCompare ACT scores for Maine Colleges Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 7,855 (6,189 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female61% 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: $9,980Other Expenses: $3,000Total 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 AidGrants: 88%Loans: 70%Average Amount of AidGrants: $7,385Loans: $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 FieldWomen's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics If You Like USM, You May Also Like These Schools: University of Maine: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphUniversity of New Hampshire: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphBennington College: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphPlymouth State University: Profile University of Rhode Island: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphEndicott College: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphNortheastern University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphSalem State University: Profile University of Southern Maine Mission Statement: read the complete mission statement at http://usm.maine.edu/about/mission-statement "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..."