Students Say

The two main campuses of mid-sized, "cost-effective" University of Southern Maine are about 10 miles apart, and they bridge "a country town and a city." (There's also a satellite campus in the Lewiston-Auburn area—Maine's twin cities.) Highlights at USM include a "very reputable" and "very demanding" nursing program as well as "extremely strong" business programs. Lectures can be "big" at the lower levels, but "smaller classes" "and one-on-one time with professors" become more readily available as you get into higher-level courses. The faculty here is a mixed bag. "Some professors are fantastic while others are atrocious," sums up a biology major.

Overview

Applicants
3,781
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.04

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
18%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 560
SAT Math
440 - 550
ACT Composite
20 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

The two main campuses of mid-sized, "cost-effective" University of Southern Maine are about 10 miles apart, and they bridge "a country town and a city." (There's also a satellite campus in the Lewiston-Auburn area—Maine's twin cities.) Highlights at USM include a "very reputable" and "very demanding" nursing program as well as "extremely strong" business programs. Lectures can be "big" at the lower levels, but "smaller classes" "and one-on-one time with professors" become more readily available as you get into higher-level courses. The faculty here is a mixed bag. "Some professors are fantastic while others are atrocious," sums up a biology major. There are plenty of "really insightful," "knowledgeable, fun, inspiring, and devoted" professors who "provide critical feedback that affords room for growth" and are "quite passionate about their subject matter (even on the topic of algebra!)." However, other faculty members "show a clear lack of enthusiasm" or are just "kind of boring." Also, though course schedules are "flexible," the advising process "could use improvement," too. "It is really hard to register for classes or to have a question answered," protests a social work major.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.6:1
Total Faculty
622
with Terminal Degree
337

322
Women
300
Men
30
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lois Lowry
Writer

Tony Shalhoub
Actor

Buck Janes
Planetary Sciences

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,921

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,008

Average Need-Based Loan
$8,331

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,590
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,950
Required Fees
$1,330
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,346

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,450
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The typical student at USM is a local, either from one of the surrounding towns or Portland proper. Beyond that, though, "there is no typical student at USM." There are thousands of traditional college-aged students. "Commuters who attend part-time" and older students with jobs and families are a large percentage of the population. "Every class is a mix of fresh-faced dorm dwellers, nerdy brains, arty alterna-kids, returning veterans, nontraditional adult students," and international students. "In just my group of friends," observes one student, "there is an African-American athlete, a nice girl from a mill-town, an aspiring rock star, an electrical engineering major, a stoner, and a girl who works full time at the mall." "Everyone is friendly," but the student population is disparate and "not particularly united." "One of the weaknesses of USM appears because of the environment created by the commuter-based population," elaborates one student. "There's not a lot of community, but I'm not sure they can do much about that."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,628
Out of State
8%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

2.37%
Asian
3.31%
African-American
2.05%
Hispanic
82.80%
Caucasian
5.99%
Unknown
1.02%
International

57% female
43% male
8% are out of state
60% are full time
40% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The first thing you want to know about life at USM is that you are going to have to deal with two campuses here. The majority of the younger, traditional students live on the Gorham campus, but many classes occur on the Portland campus, "a good 30to 40-minute drive or bus ride" away. "Shuttle buses are available at no charge," but "commuting between two campuses can be a huge pain." On the plus side, "USM really offers every type of college life if you know where to look." "The Gorham campus is where the dorms are," and it offers a more "traditional undergrad experience." "There are constantly events being held." "The performing arts community is huge and fun." You'll also find a nominal frat scene and a smattering of parties, though "a lot of people leave on the weekends because everyone lives very close and still have friends in their home towns." The "commuter campus" in Portland has a more urban feel. Students tell us that Portland is "the coolest city in Maine." It's got "oceanfront scenery," "an old New England feel," "great night life," "fabulous restaurants," and "one of the best arts scenes in New England." "You honestly can't not have fun here" but, in the event, Boston is "less than two hours" away. Skiing and snowboarding as well as "hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, and the beach" are also nearby.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
66
First-Year Students living on campus
57%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
77

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Huskies)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Huskies)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity usm.maine.edu/csgd

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Student Association, Asian American Association, International and National Exchange

Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: University of New Hampshire
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New England

Sustainability

Green Rating
67

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
98

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Student discounts on software, computers

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Deb Daeris
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
37 College Ave.
Gorham, ME 04038

Phone
207-780-5670

Email
usmadm@usm.maine.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Art Gallery
Costello Sports Complex
Russell Theater and Concert Hall
Southworth Planetarium
WMPG Radio Station

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Portland's Old Port District
Casco Bay Cruise Lines
Portland Head Light / Ft. William's State Park
LL Bean, Freeport, ME
Portland Museum of Art
6. Sebago Lake 7. Sunday River Ski resort 8. Area Beaches: Scarborough, Crescent Beach State Park, Higgins Beach, Ferry Beach

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9:30 AM and 2:30 PM
207-780-5670

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Selected Fridays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only accepted students are invited to overnight programs

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Portland International Jetport is approximately 5 miles from campus. Taxis or rental cars are available at the airport; call 207-774-3941 to make arrangements. New England Transit buses serve Portland. Amtrak round trip to Boston.

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://usm.maine.edu/about/directions-portland-campus http://usm.maine.edu/about/directions-portland-campus

Local Accommodations
In the town of Gorham, there is Pine Crest Bed and Breakfast (207-839-5843), located on Route 114. This is a quaint old home within half a mile of the Gorham campus. The Portland Regency in the Old Port (20 Milk St.; 207-774-4200 or 800-727-3436) is a small hotel in the heart of the lively Old Port District. A 10-minute drive from the Portland campus, the Regency provides valet parking and has a well-equipped health club. Also located in the city of Portland, the Eastland Hotel (157 High St.; 207-775-5411 or 800-333-3333) is at Congress Square, near the Arts District. Nearby as well is the Holiday Inn by the Bay (88 Spring St.; 775-2311 or 800-HOLIDAY). Located beyond the downtown area, are the Double Tree Hotel (1230 Congress St.; 207-774-5611 or 800-222-TREE) and Holiday Inn-Portland West (81 Riverside St.; 207-774-5601 or 800-HOLIDAY).
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Key Stats

3,781
Applicants
6,628
Size
84%
Acceptance Rate
1000
SAT Scores

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