University of Southern Maine is a major educational force in the overall growth and improvement of the economic, civic, social, and cultural fabric of southern Maine. The University has campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston, from which it offers baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral programs, providing students with rich learning opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology.
The University of Southern Maine is comprised of eight academic units:
- School of Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Technology
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Business
- College of Education and Human Development
- University of Maine School of Law
- Lewiston-Auburn College
- Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service
- College of Nursing and Health Professions
USM is ready to offer online degree programs, certificate programs and online courses for its students. Besides the University coordinates an array of student support services, including e-tutoring, e-orientation, course registration and advising services. Online degrees of the USM is the gateway for working adults and busy students seeking flexible distance education options.
The University of Southern Maine offers a number of options available to help students meet their educational expenses. These options include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
- Federal SMART Grant
- Federal Work-Study
- Federal Educational Loans
- State Grants
- University Grants
Students' eligibility for financial aid is based on several factors including family income, assets, size of household, number in college, satisfactory academic progress, etc.
Applicants of the USM come from across the country and around the world. The staff of the University consider academically qualified students without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. The admission is based primarily on the applicant's academic background, the rigor of the high school program, and the grades achieved. Besides, the University considers SAT or ACT scores, the personal statement (essay), recommendations, individual talents, and activities.