As Maine's Metropolitan University, USM is focused on engaged teaching and learning. Through its mutually beneficial partnerships with area businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies, USM provides its students an accessible and affordable opportunity for a truly transformative higher education.

USM is the birthplace for new careers; an incubator for applied research and economic development; a training ground for public service; the ultimate accessible, affordable source of life-changing college education.   USM's Office of University Relations supports this engaged approach through communications and marketing that help make internal and external audiences more aware of the programs and services offered to the community.  

News & Events

"Doc" and Melissa Costello
The Costellos met at USM, taught at USM and enriched the lives of countless students at USM. Now, thanks to the largest bequest ever received in the history of the university, $1.65 million, Melissa and Doc will continue to touch the lives of numerous students for years to come.
Arial view of the Portland, Maine campus
USM is the first university to partner with the University of Maine School of Law on a new program that will enable USM students to receive a bachelor's degree and a law degree in just six years.
Photo of author Margaret Gray, who spent 10 years researching farms and interviewing farm workers for her book Labor and the Localvore
Merely shopping for the best food -- including vegetables grown locally and animals raised humanely -- overlooks a key link in the food chain, says Michael Hillard, a University of Southern Maine professor of economics.

USM Experts

Lynne Miller is interviewed about higher education

The Office of Public Affairs is always ready to help the media find USM faculty and staff to provide expert commentary for news stories. 

To arrange for interviews, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 207-780-4200.