Welcome. We invite you to complete your degree at USM.
The University of Southern Maine, a leading public, regional, comprehensive university, is an outstanding place to transfer the college credits you’ve earned and complete your BA or BS degree in a wide array of fields of study.
You'll feel welcomed and supported when you join our community of students and scholars as you pursue exciting career paths and find opportunities to create new connections. We’re here to help you prepare for tomorrow’s world.
At USM, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. So it's not too late to apply now for fall admission.
Programs of Study
Just a few of the most popular programs of study selected by transfer students at USM include:
- Sport Management
- Nursing (now accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester)
- Communication and Media Studies
- Health Sciences
- Social Work
- Industrial Technology
Check out the complete listing of Undergraduate Academic Programs.
Why Transfer to USM?
The most common thing said by our transfer students is “USM feels like home!” As one of the leading public universities in Northern New England, USM offers an extraordinary faculty, dedicated to teaching and applied research. USM is committed to helping students gain hands-on experience in their field through internships and applied learning opportunities in professional and community settings.
USM is the best of both worlds—small enough to provide close-knit student-faculty relationships, large enough to offer over 115 academic programs in the nationally accredited Colleges and Schools that make up this comprehensive university.
How to Apply
Details on the application process can be found on our Application Instructions page.
Contact Undergraduate Admission for Personal Assistance
Requirements for Admission
A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for admission (applicants with course work completed at a non-regionally accredited institution must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75). Consideration of admission into certain majors requires a higher GPA. In all cases, emphasis is placed on the most recent course work.
How Do I Transfer Credit?
After a transfer applicant has been admitted, the Office of Transfer Affairs will complete an official transfer credit evaluation. In evaluating transfer credit, courses with grades of C- or higher taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities are considered for transfer; credit evaluations are mailed to accepted students after admission. Credit is awarded for courses taken; however, grades earned at other institutions are not included in the grade point average at USM. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at USM for a baccalaureate degree.
Transfer Course Equivalency Information
Transfer course equivalency information is available online via the MaineStreet student information system. To access the information, please click on Transfer Course Equivalencies under the Quick Links on the left side of the MaineStreet page.
We are constantly adding new institutions and course equivalents to this database. If you do not see your college/university or a particular course listed, and for other information regarding the transfer credit evaluation process, please contact the Office of Transfer Affairs at (207) 780-5340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Transfer Student Links
Living On Campus
The Department of Residential Life and Resident Education can provide you with a wealth of information regarding on campus living options, the timetable for applying to live in a residence hall and how living on campus can ease a transfer student's transition to the University of Southern Maine.
Living Off Campus
USM serves a sizeable off-campus student population with services including: off-campus housing listings, tips for apartment living, and resources for commuter dining and more.