About USM

Mission Statement

The University of Southern Maine, northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service. Distinguished for their teaching, research, scholarly publication, and creative activity, the faculty are committed to fostering a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation. USM embraces academic freedom for students, faculty, and staff, and advocates diversity in all aspects of its campus life and academic work. It supports sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. As a center for discovery, scholarship, and creativity, USM provides resources for the state, the nation, and the world.

This Mission Statement was passed by the USM Faculty Senate on October 3, 2008, and approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees on November 15, 2010.

May 2016 Newsletter

Longfellow Elementary School students

Students in USM's Environmental Science and Policy program visited Portland's Capisic Brook with 30 Longfellow Elementary School fifth graders to teach them about wetland ecology as part of an ongoing partnership between the two schools.

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