All USM campuses to close at 4 p.m. due to winter weather
The University of Southern Maine's campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 due to winter weather. For more information on winter delays and closures, read our policy for Weather Delays and Cancellations.
Early Action and Test-Optional
Applicants for the 2020 – 2021 academic year are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration, except for the BS in Nursing program.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) is honored to commemorate BLACK HISTORY MONTH with the announcement of our 2020 Commencement Speaker, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations at American University and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. A past winner of the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize and the National Book Award, his most recent New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist is our 2019-2020 Common Read. Watch your USM email and our calendar for events celebrating BLACK HISTORY MONTH and the Common Read.
This spring, we will break ground on the construction of a new career and student center as well as a 550-bed dormitory on our Portland campus. The student center will include a career hub to increase connections between students and employers, open spaces, dining services, and veterans services. The $100 million initiative is designed to meet stringent standards for quality, sustainability, and rental-rate affordability.
"Lusus Naturae" is a large-scale animated video and sound installation on exhibit through March 12 at our Gorham campus Art Gallery. This immersive art experience, made possible through the Maine North Atlantic Institute at USM, presents a dreamlike vision of the deep seas by Icelandic artists Ólöf Nordal, Gunnar Karlsson, and Þuríður Jónsdótti. Nordal will also become an artist-in-residence on campus in March.
Maine’s craft breweries are big business for the state, adding $656 million to the local economy in 2018, according to the Brewers Association. Through a unique grant-internship opportunity, two USM seniors are exploring how breweries can become more sustainable and run more efficiently. By combing through data and current practices of five local breweries, our students are identifying process enhancements to improve and reduce brewery-based pollution.
Go beyond the campus tour — meet our faculty, learn about our academic programs, our deep community engagement, and why our university remains an affordable option. Why? Because there’s no better way to choose a university than by meeting the people who will help you earn your degree.
Honoring BLACK HISTORY MONTH with celebrated Maine speakers
On February 21, Daniel Minter, an award-winning artist and past artist-in-residence, and Myron Beasley, an associate professor at Bates College, will make an appearance on our Portland campus. Stirred by the history of Maine’s Malaga Island, Minter will examine the historical and cultural impact of art, and Beasley will discuss the need to challenge some mythical narratives from Maine’s past in the year of our bicentennial.
USM announces 1,200 named to Fall 2019 Dean's List
The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that more than 1,200 undergraduate students from across the globe have been named to the 2019 Fall Semester Dean's List, a marker of academic excellence and high achievement