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

A recent feature story in The Forecaster newspaper on Maine's growing Islamic population included interviews with two people from USM: Reza Jalali, a USM coordinator of multicultural student affairs, and Fahmo Ahmed, a Somali student who attends USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
The Portland Press Herald highlighted rising enrollment numbers at USM in a May 4 story. So far, enrollment for fall 2016 increased by 10 percent and out-of-state students jumped 28 percent, wrote reporter Joe Lawlor.
USM student with a student from Longfellow Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader Rachel Martin dipped her hand into a net and squealed, "I touched a bug!" A few moments later, she gazed at her wriggling catch, swimming among the dozens captured in Portland's Capisic Brook. The centimeter-long amphipods are a sign that the water quality is poor, explained Renee Dugal, a University of Southern Maine environmental science major.

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 207-780-4150.