The University of Southern Maine (USM), Maine's Metropolitan University™, is where creativity, diversity and fresh ideas flourish. Each of our three environmentally friendly campuses is unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships.
Our students have many opportunities to get involved in a wide array of student activities and organizations, as well as service learning projects and internships within the community. Last year, nearly 5,000 students provided over 370,000 hours of service to regional businesses and non-profit organizations, valued at more than $6.2 million.
Typically, USM students enrolled in programs from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the College of Science, Technology, and Health; and the College of Management and Human Service attend classes in both Gorham and Portland. They enjoy an easy commute between the two campuses on our all-inclusive, energy-efficient USM shuttle bus, complete with free Wi-Fi. Students enrolled in programs from the Lewiston-Auburn College commute and typically attend classes only on the Lewiston campus.
From Portland's lively Old Port to Lewiston's vibrant arts district to Gorham's friendly village center, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region:
- Our Portland campus is located in "one of America’s most livable cities," according to Forbes magazine, which also ranks Portland among the top 10 for job prospects. And it's nationally known as a "foodie" hot spot!
- Our Gorham campus is home to ten Living Learning Communities and six Residential Communities, where you'll live with fellow students who share your interests. Communities include outdoor adventure, international living, the arts, and academic programs such as our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) community.
- Our Lewiston campus, home to USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, fits right in with the area's lively arts scene with its Atrium Gallery where regular exhibits highlight outstanding Maine artists.
- Everyone's a Husky! Fans come out to support our 23 sports teams, which compete in one of the most competitive NCAA Division III conferences in the nation; every year, several teams go on to post-season play. Learn more about the Southern Maine Huskies.