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University of Southern Maine

Address: 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME 04103, United States

Description University of Southern Maine

  • Location: Portland, USA
  • Year of foundation: 1878
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: more than 7000
  • Type of training: mixed.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university founded initially as two educational institutions: the Gorham School of Education and the University of Maine in Portland. After the merger, organized in 1970, the existing USM appeared.

The mascot of the university is the husky dog. This is how USM pupils are seen: resilient, hardy, hardworking. Legend has it that the idea of the name and mascot belongs to a gorham fan who brought his husky to sports games. As southern Maine University developed, officially named in 1978, the husky legend and proud mascot remained.

USM offers undergraduate and graduate programs, doctoral programs in public policy, and school psychology. USM has about 6700 bachelors and 1500 graduate students with a student-teacher ratio of 13:1.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Southern Maine

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  • Age – from 18 years
  • The term of training is 4 years.

Popular programs:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Technical Leadership
  • Fine arts
  • Biochemistry
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Primary teacher education
  • Economics
  • Secondary pedagogical education
  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences.


  • Age – from 22 years (completed bachelor's degree)
  • Duration of training – 3 years
  • The cost of training per credit hour - from $ 432.

Popular specialties:

  • Athletic training
  • Biology
  • Computer technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Clinical concentration of mental health
  • Rehabilitation concentration
  • Educational psychology
  • Music education
  • Nursing
  • Policy, planning, management
  • Public health
  • Social work
  • Statistics
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Literacy training.
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  • Age – Masters
  • Term of training – from 3 years
  • The cost of training per credit hour - from $ 773.


  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Public policy
  • School psychology.

Accommodation, housing and food

USM places its students in six dormitories:

  • Anderson Hall: a four-story building that accommodates about 100 students in double rooms
  • Philippa Hall: Single, double, triple, quadruple rooms are offered for high school students. Each living area has a W-iFi point, cable TV
  • Robbie Andrews Hall: 1-2-bed rooms for first-year students of creative faculties
  • Upton Hastings Hall: Freshman Dormitory, Double Rooms
  • Woodward Hall: A three-story building for transferees and sophomore students. All rooms in the hostel are double
  • Upperclass Hall: apartments for 300 graduate students and high school students. In the living quarters there are air conditioning, bathrooms.

All dormitories are located on the Gorham campus and include:

  • Wireless Internet in public areas
  • Free laundry
  • Security service.

All rooms include:

  • High-speed wireless Internet
  • Micro-refrigerator (combined refrigerator/freezer/microwave)
  • Extra Long Single Beds
  • Chests of drawers, cabinets, tables, chairs.

The common areas of the apartment include a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, billiard room and TV room.

The cost of living in each hostel is fixed: a living place will cost $ 2730-3825 per semester, depending on the room.

In summer, accommodation is possible in Upperclass Hall:

  • 1-2-room apartment. Two-room luxury rooms can accommodate up to 4 people
  • The price includes Internet, streaming TV service, electricity, hot water
  • Electronic ID of access to the building and rooms
  • Opportunity to continue your stay between summer and autumn
  • The cost from May to August ranges from 2050 to 2425 $ depending on the room.

Meal plans in dormitories:

  • 10-14 meals + 175-300$ spending in local stores + 2 meals for guests = 2415$
  • 19 meals + $ 50 spent in local stores + 2 meals for guests = $ 2490.

Events University of Southern Maine

The university has many student organizations:

  • African Students' Union
  • American Choral Singing
  • Sign Language Club
  • Sports Association
  • Chemical Club
  • Dance team
  • Environmental Sciences Student Group
  • Student Organization for Gender Studies
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Muslim Students Association
  • National Alliance for the Study of Mental Illness
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Psychological Club
  • Social work
  • Game club.

Examples of activities that are held at the university:

  • Kayaking with paddle
  • Lectures on the study of medical sciences, nursing
  • Attending local sporting events
  • Visit to the indoor trampoline park
  • Rock climbing
  • Lectures on the study of healthy eating options
  • Group workshops on yoga, meditation
  • Attend the Maine Youth Summit and the Queer Trans Conference
  • Volunteering with local nonprofits that provide resources and support for LGBTQ+ people
  • Participation in theatrical, art exhibitions, shows
  • Group trips to restaurants.

The most popular sport among U.S. students is athletics. This school has one of the most successful teams on staff called huskies. In addition to athletics, the university successfully develops:

  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Women's, men's volleyball
  • Dance directions.

Events dedicated to the Husky mascot:

  • Husky Fest

The beginning of the fall semester is part of Welcome Week. The events, known as Husky Huzzah, were preparations for winter carnivals, during which the "mayor" and "queen" were elected.

  • Husky Pride Day

Every Friday, students, teachers and administrators collect Husky equipment, put on blue and gold clothes, demonstrating pride in the university.

  • Husky Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 to honor athletes and coaches of the past. It celebrates the achievements of graduates, employees of the University of Southern Maine.


  • High quality education at low cost
  • The second largest university in Maine
  • Annual ranking of the best universities in the United States
  • International exchange of students from 35 countries.

Equipment University of Southern Maine

The university is located on three campuses in Maine:

  • Portland – located in a busy city on the coast of Casco Bay. There are many faculties and departments, administrative offices, as well as the Southworth Planetarium and the Sullivan Recreation and Wellness Center. On the territory there are Starbucks cafeterias, a library, computer laboratories. For students with private cars, parking is available.
  • Gorham is a rural campus where all residential buildings are located. Also on the territory there are buildings of faculties and departments, a music school, a college of arts, art galleries, a theater. The building has a library, several cafeterias, a medical center, a parking area.
  • Lewiston is a campus for bachelors and masters of interdisciplinary programs. On campus square there are art galleries, conference hall buildings, cafes, a multicultural center, a library and parking.

In cooperation with Portland, the university provides free buses running on natural gas, you can get free access to all subway lines using the USM Campus identification card.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Important dates of the school year:

  • Fall semester: August 31-December 28
  • Winter session: 19 October-25 January
  • Spring semester: January 25-May 17
  • Summer session: March 17-August 20.

Students rest on the days of calendar, national holidays:

  • Labor Day – September 7
  • Indigenous Peoples Day – 12 October
  • Veterans Day – November 11
  • Thanksgiving is November 25-29.

Additional expenses of students include:

  • Consumables, books
  • Accommodation, meals
  • Medical care
  • transport
  • Personal expenses (mobile communication, clothing, off-campus vacations, etc.).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Applicants entering undergraduate programs should provide:

  • Online application on the official website
  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Official transcript with a list of all courses and grades
  • Completed school psychologist application and/or letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement/essay
  • Official SAT/ACT results (optional)
  • Assessment of the official TOEFL test (from 79 points) / IELTS (6.5 and more).

Future masters need to provide:

  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Official transcript confirming high school graduation date
  • Associate Specialist/Bachelor's Degree
  • Official transcripts from all colleges visited
  • Personal statement/essay
  • resume
  • Official SAT/ACT results are not mandatory
  • Certificate of english proficiency TOEFL (from 79 points)/IELTS (6.5 and more)
  • Evaluation of the transcript of the international college.

International students additionally need to provide a foreign passport, a study visa, medical insurance.

Scholarships University of Southern Maine

Most scholarship incentives are paid to students who are successful in their studies. For international students, there are a number of annual material rewards:

  • USM Scholar – from 2000 to 8000$
  • Dirigo Scholar – 3500-10 000$
  • President’s Scholar – 5000-12 000$.

The Promise Scholarship is designed to help underfunded maine students overcome financial, academic, social and cultural barriers, stay at university and pursue higher education.


  • Pella Federal Grant
  • Federal grant for additional education
  • Maine Grant
  • University grants - from 100 to 4000 $ per year.

Federal loans:

  • Student loans
  • Subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

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- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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