University of Southern Maine


University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus, public university located in the state's largest metropolitan hubs with three distinct campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. USM offers a robust selection of on-campus and online courses and degree programs in liberal arts; STEM disciplines including a new cyber security lab; business; and visual and performing arts; as well as an exceptional Honors Program. USM prides itself as the University of Everyone. With students of every age and background, we value differing opinions, perspectives, and experiences. With an already low public tuition, more than 85% of full-time USM students receive financial aid. USM is committed to keeping student debt as low as possible. Offering low tuition and over $30 million in grants and scholarships, USM is one of the most affordable university options in northern New England.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


USM is now SAT/ACT test optional! Undergraduate degree applicants are no longer required to submit SAT/ACT test scores to be considered for admission. We now offer Early Action for students interested in an earlier admission decision. Students who apply by November 15 and submit all supporting materials by December 1 will be guaranteed an admission decision by January 15. We no longer require an application fee for undergraduate or graduate admission.


Over 40% of USM students are adults. We understand the limited time you have available and recognize that the process of transferring credits can seem overwhelming and complicated. We are prepared to help you every step of the way. Our Admissions Officers can provide you with unofficial transfer credit evaluations to give you an idea of which credits will transfer. Official credit evaluations are completed and sent to admitted students several weeks after admission. Contact a Transfer Counselor at (207) 780-5670 or or visit

Additional Information

At the University of Southern Maine (USM), students employ what they learn in the classroom from inspiring professors and fellow students and bring it straight into the real world. Through active and service learning, USM is committed to community engagement both for the benefit of our students and the world around us, and our prime locations in two of the state's largest economic and cultural areas means that we can have a huge impact on the present and future of Maine as a whole. In the academic year of 2018-19, approximately 1,344 academic for-credit internship experiences were completed by 600 students, completing 85,390 hours with over 200 employers.

Visit us

The University of Southern Maine Admissions team welcomes you to learn more about our university by visiting us on campus or via our virtual tour. We offer daily tours where you can see our campuses and experience all that USM has to offer. Schedule a visit today or visit virtually.

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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104, United States of America

Phone number

(207) 780-5670


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