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University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME

The University of Southern Maine, founded in 1878, is a public, comprehensive institution. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Applied Science, Business and Economics and Management, and Nursing; and Lewiston-Auburn College. Its 126-acre campus is located in Portland, 50 miles north of Portsmouth, N.H.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students6,126
   Women3,416 (55.8%)
   Men2,710 (44.2%)
Graduate Students1,613


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate88% of 3,402 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA2.96
SAT Math440-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading420-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing430-540 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite19-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $19,320
Out-of-state: $31,680
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $8,920
Out-of-state: $21,280
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met73%
Average Freshman Award$12,693
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates
Not reported


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Portland Population66,318
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 63% of freshmen, 20% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
3.4% Black/African-American
2.1% Hispanic/Latino
2.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.8% White
13.2% Unknown
International Students0.9% from 19 countries
First-Year Students Returning63.4%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.20 3.32 620 630 24
Low 2.12 2.12 570 590 24
High 4.00 4.40 690 670 24
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