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University of Southern Maine Overview

University of Southern Maine is a public institution located in Portland, Maine. The location of University of Southern Maine is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of Southern Maine Known For?

1,151 Undergraduate Awards
$27,456 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at University of Southern Maine is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 34% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of Southern Maine Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at University of Southern Maine.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Other Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Other Health Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Other Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Other Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Teaching English or French Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Writing Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards University of Southern Maine has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Highest Paid Criminology Graduates College Factual

Where Is University of Southern Maine?

Location of University of Southern Maine

Contact details for University of Southern Maine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: 207-780-4141
Website: www.usm.maine.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USouthernMaine
Twitter: http://twitter.com/USouthernMaine

How Do I Get Into University of Southern Maine?

You can apply to University of Southern Maine online at: https://beech.unet.maine.edu/eapp/pls/eaMenu.logon_index_page

Admission Requirements for University of Southern Maine

Submission Required?
High School GPA neither required nor recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into University of Southern Maine?

83% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
University of Southern Maine has an acceptance rate of 83%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to University of Southern Maine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 460 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Southern Maine  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Southern Maine  ( 460 to 570 )
200
800
University of Southern Maine received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of Southern Maine  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Southern Maine  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern Maine  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Southern Maine?

$27,456 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
6.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of University of Southern Maine is $27,456. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At University of Southern Maine, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,833 a year. That adds up to $27,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at University of Southern Maine is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of Southern Maine Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,062 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,675 undergraduate students at University of Southern Maine, with 4,062 being full-time and 2,613 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  University of Southern Maine

There are also 1,754 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,062 full-time undergraduates at University of Southern Maine, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  University of Southern Maine

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Southern Maine students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of University of Southern Maine Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 96
Black or African American 292
Hispanic or Latino 134
White 3,216
International Students 67
Other Races/Ethnicities 257

Geographic Diversity

Maine students aren't the only ones who study at University of Southern Maine. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 35 countries are represented at University of Southern Maine. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Canada, and China.

Online Learning at University of Southern Maine

959 Took All Classes Online
3,352 Took At Least One Class Online
6.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at University of Southern Maine. In 2017-2018, 3,352 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at University of Southern Maine has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Maine for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of University of Southern Maine

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Southern Maine was 6.4%. This is the #1,571 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at University of Southern Maine regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of University of Southern Maine majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 11%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 21%
Communication & Journalism 10%
Communication & Media Studies 10%
Gerontology 57%
Mental & Social Health Services 50%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 44%
Other Social Sciences 18%
Public Administration & Social Service 11%
Social Work 1%
Special Education 35%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at University of Southern Maine ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at University of Southern Maine.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Social Sciences #6
Gerontology #20
Other Health Professions #24
Teaching English or French #40
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #51
Communication & Media Studies #71
Communication & Journalism #103
Social Sciences #136
Teacher Education Subject Specific #137
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #142
Psychology #143
Teacher Education Grade Specific #185
Liberal Arts General Studies #336
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #336
Education #439

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Southern Maine Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 144 10 40 0 194
Nursing 0 143 0 31 0 174
Allied Health Professions 4 82 0 0 0 86
Law 0 0 0 0 77 77
Social Work 0 41 0 32 0 73
Communication & Media Studies 0 68 0 0 0 68
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 1 65 0 66
Other Social Sciences 3 53 0 0 0 56
General Biology 0 52 0 3 0 55
Marketing 0 42 0 0 0 42
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 9 0 32 0 41
Public Policy 0 0 3 30 7 40
General Psychology 0 39 0 0 0 39
Writing Studies 2 0 0 33 0 35
Special Education 0 0 2 32 0 34
Accounting 5 27 0 0 0 32
General English Literature 0 32 0 0 0 32
Student Counseling 0 0 3 27 0 30
History 0 29 0 0 0 29
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 12 4 12 0 28
Political Science & Government 0 28 0 0 0 28
Educational Administration 0 0 14 13 0 27
Teaching English or French 0 0 13 12 0 25
Finance & Financial Management 0 24 0 0 0 24
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 22 0 0 0 22
Hospitality Management 1 20 0 0 0 21
Public Health 0 0 0 20 0 20
Criminology 0 20 0 0 0 20
Mechanical Engineering 0 19 0 0 0 19
Health & Physical Education 0 17 0 0 0 17
Music 0 12 0 5 0 17
Computer Science 0 15 0 1 0 16
Information Technology 0 16 0 0 0 16
Legal Research 0 0 4 12 0 16
Economics 0 16 0 0 0 16
Drama & Theater Arts 0 15 0 0 0 15
Industrial Production Technology 0 14 0 0 0 14
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 2 9 3 14
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 13 0 0 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 0 12 0 0 0 12
Fine & Studio Arts 0 12 0 0 0 12
Geography & Cartography 3 2 6 0 0 11
Mathematics 0 10 0 0 0 10
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 9 0 0 0 9
Other Health Professions 0 0 9 0 0 9
Electrical Engineering 0 7 0 0 0 7
Ethnic Studies 0 7 0 0 0 7
Gerontology 7 0 0 0 0 7
Sociology 0 7 0 0 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Statistics 0 0 1 5 0 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 0 0 6
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 5 0 0 0 5
Anthropology 0 4 0 0 0 4
Insurance 3 0 0 0 0 3
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 3 0 3
Chemistry 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Physical Sciences 0 3 0 0 0 3
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 3 0 0 0 3
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 2 0 2
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 2 0 2
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 2 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 0 0 2 0 0 2
Physics 0 1 0 0 0 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 28 1,123 76 421 87 1,735

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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