About USM

Mission Statement

The University of Southern Maine, northern New England’s outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service. Distinguished for their teaching, research, scholarly publication, and creative activity, the faculty are committed to fostering a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation. USM embraces academic freedom for students, faculty, and staff, and advocates diversity in all aspects of its campus life and academic work. It supports sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. As a center for discovery, scholarship, and creativity, USM provides resources for the state, the nation, and the world.

This Mission Statement was passed by the USM Faculty Senate on October 3, 2008, and approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees on November 15, 2010.

February 2017 Newsletter

Ekhlas Ahmed on 'Ellen' (image credit: Warner Bros.)

Graduate student and Americorps advisor Ekhlas Ahmed was stunned to be featured on Ellen after sending the star a letter describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine. She was even more surprised when Ellen DeGeneres presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.

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