At the University of Southern Maine (USM), you'll have exciting opportunities for engagement in the classroom, in the lab, and in the community. Wherever you are in your academic career, our goal is to make your admissions experience smooth and positive, every step of the way. Welcome to USM!

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a closer look at our three campuses through our interactive, virtual tour. You decide where to go, what to see, and how long to stay!


An architectural rendering of what the new student center and residence hall will look like once completed.

New construction on our Portland campus

Located within walking and biking distance to the heart of downtown Portland, our new Passive House residence hall and eco-conscious student center will open in 2023. You’ll have access to spacious study areas, a café, our Career & Employment Hub, the University Store, and much more. Plus, undergraduate students who choose to live on-campus during your first two years at USM, you’ll have priority access to Portland Commons housing for our Fall 2023 term.

A student sitting on a couch working on a laptop.

Visits & Online Experiences

While our in-person visits and campus tours are limited, there are still many dynamic opportunities for you to learn about our thriving academic community from home. Attend an informational webinar about our university or a specific academic program, schedule a one-on-one video chat with a current student or an admissions counselor, and more. We’re excited to connect with you!

A screenshot of some of our Admissions Counselors in a Zoom meeting.

Meet Our Team

Our friendly and welcoming Admissions Counselors represent specific high schools and towns in your state (or country) to offer you a personalized admissions experience. If you have questions or need assistance during your application process, your counselor is happy to help! We will connect with you based on your communication preference, be it video chat, email, phone, or text.

A student wearing a rust-colored sweater seated at a computer station in our MIST Lab.


We are committed to academic quality that is affordable, flexible, and meaningful. Choose from a broad spectrum of programs, with both on-campus and online options. Our three campuses are located at the heart of Maine's most vibrant region, creating exciting opportunities for community engagement, including internships, service learning, and undergraduate research.

A faculty member from our School of Music conducts a student playing the cello and a student playing the piano during a lesson in Corthell Hall.


Our graduate programs are designed to be flexible and highly relevant to the economic, health, and civic needs of our region and the communities we serve. We offer master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates of advanced study (post-master's) and graduate certificates (post-baccalaureate), some of which are offered completely online.

An aerial view of our Portland campus and city surrounding Back Cove on a bright, sunny day.


International students from around the world contribute to the growing multicultural environment of our region. We provide ongoing advising and support services to help you — both undergraduate and graduate — take full advantage of university and community resources, engage with the community, and achieve your goals while earning your degree.

three students sitting on couches laughing

Return to USM

For those who have recently been a student at the University of Southern Maine and took a semester (or a few) off, we have resources to support your return. The process is likely much easier than you're expecting and we are here to help every step of the way. Welcome back!

Contact Us

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