University Of Southern Maine

University Of Southern Maine

Founded in 1878, the University of Southern Maine, commonly called USM, is a multi-campus public university. It is part of the University of Maine System. The three primary campuses of the university are located in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. According to the Princeton Review's 2006 listings, USM is among the 'best Northeastern colleges'. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Lewiston-Auburn College
  • School of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • School of Business

USM's athletic teams are nicknamed the Huskies. The university participates in the NCAA Division III in the Little East Conference.

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University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth St
Portland , ME 04103
General Phone: (207) 780-4141

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University of Southern Maine Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts384area studies, women's studies, linguistics, French language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, economics, ...
Business and Management260business management, business administration, accounting, accounting and finance, finance
Education and Teaching251elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, special ed, school counseling, adult education, teacher ed, art education, industrial arts teaching, music teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine200registered nursing, nurse practitioner, mental health nursing
Family and Social Work107public policy analysis, social work, social service professions
Media104communication studies, mass communication
Therapy and Counseling74psychology, school psychology
Science70biology, biochemistry, immunology, exercise physiology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy39health and physical education, athletic trainer, occupational therapy, recreational therapy
Engineering38electrical engineering, industrial engineering
Art Studies34art studies
Security and Law Enforcement31criminology
Music27music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, jazz
Medical Support and Technology16health diagnostic professions
Drama and Performing Arts15drama
Engineering Technician12manufacturing tech
Computer Science and Engineering11computer science
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Medical Administration7health care administration, environmental health
Mathematics6mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental studies, environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for University of Southern Maine in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,20849
Master's degree46229
Post-master's certificate158
Doctor's degree - professional practice721
Associate's degree123

University of Southern Maine Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Southern Maine had a total enrollment of 10,453 students (7,427 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 24%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 95%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 17%
20-21 16%
22-24 17%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 7%
40-49 9%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire4%
New York1%
State unknown1%

University of Southern Maine Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 39 %

University of Southern Maine Room and Board (2007)

University of Southern Maine offers campus housing for 1,539 of its 7,427 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Portland, Maine for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maine Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

University of Southern Maine Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450560
SAT Math440550
SAT Writing440540
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT6%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Southern Maine Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,724
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,244
Room and board $ 9,396
Room charge $ 4,472
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,210
Books and supplies $ 920
Other expenses $ 3,506

Financial Aid:
University of Southern Maine participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 205400)

University of Southern Maine Faculty

University of Southern Maine has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$103,7830*
Associate professorcalendar year3$94,2892*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
No academic rankcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year9$89,4497$77,219

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year78$93,86529$89,882
Associate professoracademic year80$73,69582$68,860
Assistant professoracademic year26$60,45122$54,524
Instructoracademic year3$44,9117$52,198
Lectureracademic year10$45,33917$44,421
No academic rankacademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year198$77,914158$67,233

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Southern Maine Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Little East Conference
Baseball Little East Conference
Track Little East Conference

University of Southern Maine Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Finance, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Industrial Engineering

Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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