Office of Undergraduate Admission

Application Instructions

Application Checklist: Materials Required for Admission

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Procedures

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Application Checklist: Materials Required for Admission

First Year Student Checklist
  • Completed application form: online, paper, or Common Application
  • $40 application fee payable to the University of Southern Maine
  • Official transcript sent by your high school, listing all courses and grades received to date or official General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores sent directly from the testing agency or included on official high school transcript
  • Completed school counselor statement and/or letter of recommendation
  • Completed personal statement (essay)
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (May be required of those applicants whose primary language is not English.)

Homeschooled Students
Students must have a completed application for admission. Students who are satisfying any or all of their high school requirements in a homeschool setting should submit an official school transcript or an annual assessment of courses they have completed while home schooled. Transcripts should be signed by person responsible for home schooling the student. Home school students are expected to complete the same college prep course work as others with a certificate of completion, ie. graduation date listed under Home School Information on admission application. Home school students must submit a letter of recommendation from someone outside the family. Students must also submit official SAT or ACT scores - may be waived for adult students. Applicants must be 17-years old at start of semester and a personal interview may be required.

Adult Students
If you graduated from high school/earned your GED more than three years ago, it is recommended you submit  a current resume of your life and work experiences. Electronic files of your resume can be sent to usmadm@usm.maine.edu.

SAT and ACT scores are waived for individuals who have completed more than 12 college credits or are age 20 or older at the time of the submission of application.

Transfer Student Checklist
If you have attempted any college credits since graduating from high school/earning a GED, you are considered a transfer student. 

  • Completed application form: online, paper, or Common Application
  • $40 application fee payable to the University of Southern Maine
  • Official final high school transcript that certifies the date of high school graduation or official General Education Diploma results. (Not required if applicant has completed an associate's or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the application is submitted.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not credit was earned, sent directly from each institution.
  • Completed personal statement or essay
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores (If you have completed more than 12 college credits or are age 20 or older at the time you submit your application, SAT or ACT test scores are not required.)
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (May be required of those applicants whose primary language is not English.)
  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college level transcripts from a USM approved transcript analysis agency.
  • Nursing Transfer applicants only: Supplemental Application.
  • Accelerated Nursing applicants only: Supplemental Application.

International Student Checklist
If you are not a U.S. citizen and your permanent mailing address is outside of the U.S., you are considered an international student. To ensure the timely completion of all appropriate student visa applications, international students must apply by July 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.

  • Completed application form: online, paper, or Common Application
  • $40 application fee payable to the University of Southern Maine
  • Official secondary school transcripts, exam certificates, and college level transcripts including certified English translations
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not credit was earned, sent from the institution
  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college level transcripts from a USM approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • Optional: official SAT or ACT scores (If you have completed more than 12 college credits or are age 20 or older at the time you submit your application, SAT or ACT test scores are not required.)
  • Nursing Transfer applicants only: Supplemental Application

Reactivation and Readmission Application Checklist

You should only complete the Reactivation of Application/Readmission Application if one of the following three categories applies:

  • Reactivation of Application: You applied to USM within the last year but did not enroll in classes as a degree (matriculated) student.
  • Readmission: You received an undergraduate degree from USM and are pursuing a second undergraduate degree or  you began your studies at USM as a degree (matriculated)* student stopped attending for five or more consecutive years.

*Matriculated degree candidates maintain their matriculation status for ten calendar years from the first semester of attendance at USM. If, for any reason other than dismissal from the University, a student does not register for any length of time during that ten-year period and then resumes registration, no readmission is necessary. If, however, a student wishes to resume studies as a degree candidate after the ten-year period has elapsed, she or he needs to apply for readmission using the Reactivation of Application/Readmission Application.

Materials required for the Reactivation/Readmission application:

  • Completed Reactivation/Readmission Form
  • $20 application fee payable to the University of Southern Maine
  • Completed personal statement (essay)
  • Official final high school transcript or GED results
  • Official college transcripts from any colleges attended since applying to or attending USM

 


Application Dates and Deadlines

Priority filing dates indicate when information should be received by the University. The dates upon which we receive your application and then enrollment deposit may impact other factors, including financial aid awards, priorities for on-campus housing, orientation dates, and course selection. Please note the following dates, references, and deadlines. Deadlines exist for Nursing and International students.

Admission Calendar

Fall Semester Spring Semester* Summer Semester
October 1 - review of applications begins September 1 - review of applications begins May 1 - Priority deadline
January 15 - transfer Nursing deadline November 15 - international student application deadline October 1 - accelerated nursing application deadline
February 15 - priority filing application date and first year Nursing deadline December 1 - priority filing application date  
April 1 - merit scholarship deadline for first-year applicants January 2 - priority enrollment deposit date  
May 1 - priority enrollment deposit date    
July 1 - international student application deadline    

 *Admission will not be granted to nursing applicants (with the exception of RN to BSN program) for the spring semester.

Financial Aid Calendar

  • February 15 - FAFSA application filing deadline
  • Beginning March 15 - financial aid award notification

In order to be considered for financial aid you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form should be filed either electronically or through the mail by February 15 in order for the federal data to be received in the  Office of Financial Aid on schedule.

Following deadlines is a key factor in the financial aid process, as it may have a direct impact on the results of your financial aid award package. Application for financial aid submitted after the stated deadlines will be reviewed only to the extent that funds remain available throughout the spring. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid  or call (207) 780-5250.

Rolling Admission and Application Dates

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission cycle.  For students who want to enroll for the fall semester the rolling admission cycle indicates that applications are received throughout the calendar year and applicants will be notified of their admission decision beginning in October.  Although applications will continue to be reviewed throughout the year, we recommend students have a completed application on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the priority filing date of February 15.  All students who want to be considered for academic scholarships are required to have their completed admission application on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the February 15 scholarship consideration deadline.

Nursing program applicants: transfer students must submit applications by the January 15 Transfer Nursing Application Deadline.  First year Nursing applicants must submit an application by the February 15 First Year Nursing Application Deadline.


Admission Procedures

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and are reviewed as they become complete. Applicants can expect a decision approximately four to six weeks after all documentation has been received. Counselors initially evaluate applications for entry into the first choice major, if applicable. If an applicant does not meet this major's qualifications or if no space is available in the first choice major, they will be considered for a second major, an undeclared major, or an alternate program.

USM is a member of the Common Application. We accept this form in liew of our own, given equal consideration to both. You can apply online or use our paper application.


Application Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $40 must be submitted with your application for admission. Checks should be made payable to the University of Southern Maine. If submission of this fee causes a financial hardship, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.


Standardized Test Scores

SAT & ACTs
USM requires official SAT or ACT test results. SAT and ACT scores are waived for individuals whose high school graduation date was three or more years ago and/or for those with 30 or more earned college credits from a regionally accredited institution.
Not all high schools report official scores on the transcript, so please check with your counselor. If you did not previously request your scores be sent to USM (#3691) from ETS or ACT, you may do so by calling ETS at (609) 771-7600 or ACT at (319) 337-1313.

TOEFL
International and non-native English speaking students should submit their TOEFL scores. SAT or ACT scores may be submitted to us as reported on the official high school transcript or directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or the American College Testing Program (ACT).

Advanced Placement Tests and International Baccalaureate
The University of Southern Maine recognizes the Advanced Placement Tests and the  International Baccalaureate program, and may grant placement and credit toward graduation for superior performance. Please contact the Prior Learning Assessment Office for additional information at (207) 780-4663, or toll-free 1-800-800-4876, x4663.

Application Processing Center: Where to send admission materials

Send all Undergraduate Admissions transcripts and other supporting materials to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
  • Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu