We welcome your interest in transferring to the University of Southern Maine (USM) and look forward to helping you make the transition to Maine's Metropolitan University™. Our strong connections within Maine's most vibrant communities provide unique opportunities for service learning, internships, and research. You'll work with accomplished and dedicated faculty who will open doors to real-world experiences that can shape your future and the future of our region.
On this page, you'll find information about applying for admission, transferring credits, and more. Please contact us if you have any questions.
What is a Transfer Student?
A transfer student is an applicant who has attended any postsecondary institution as of the summer following their graduation from high school (or completion of GED) and beyond.
How Do I Transfer Credit?
After a transfer applicant has been admitted, the Office of Transfer Affairs will complete an official transfer credit evaluation. In evaluating transfer credit, courses with grades of C- or higher taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities are considered for transfer; credit evaluations are mailed to accepted students several weeks after admission. Credit is awarded for courses taken; however, grades earned at other institutions are not included in the grade point average at USM. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at USM for a baccalaureate degree.
How to Apply
Details on the application process can be found on our Application Instructions page.
Requirements for Admission
A cumulative grade point of average of 2.0 is required for admission (applicants with course work completed at a non-regionally accredited institution must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75). Consideration for admission into certain majors requires a higher GPA. In all cases, emphasis is placed on the most recent course work.
Transfer Equivalency Information
Transfer equivalency information is available online via the MaineStreet student information system. To access the information, please click on Transfer Course Equivalencies under the Quick Links on the left side of the page.
The University of Maine System has created a new tool for you to map out your credits with different academic programs. Explore your options at the UMS Transfer Portal.
We are constantly adding new institutions and course equivalents to this database. If you do not see your college/university or a particular course listed, and for other information regarding the transfer credit evaluation process, please contact the Office of Transfer Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Southern Maine currently has a Reverse Transfer Agreement with Southern Maine Community College. Under this agreement, students attending the University of Southern Maine could be granted an earned SMCC Associate Degree by combining credits from USM with the credits previously earned from Southern Maine Community College.
USM and SMCC are committed to helping our students earn all available credentials as they
pursue their educational and career goals. To this end, work is ongoing to forge agreements with other area community colleges.