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

New construction on our Portland campus

You could be among the first residents of our new Portland Commons residence hall! Located within walking and biking distance to the heart of downtown Portland, our 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. If you 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.

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Campus tours and online experiences

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we offer a limited number of in-person Gorham and Portland campus tours. We want to make sure you have the access you need to make your final admission decision, so we created ways you can learn about the University of Southern Maine (USM) from home. Sign up for a webinar dedicated to admitted students, schedule a one-on-one video chat with a current student or faculty member, and more!

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Important next steps

As a newly admitted student, there are still some steps you need to complete before you attend your first class. Learn how to secure your spot, sign up for housing, enroll in courses, submit immunization records, attend orientation, and more. We’re excited for you to start your first semester as a USM Husky!

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Questions about financial aid?

We believe education should be affordable, and our Student Financial Services staff is committed to helping you navigate the financial aid process. Find out everything you need to know about your options: from scholarships and grants to student loans and completing your FAFSA. Securing financial aid means you can save money and focus on your studies. 

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Interested in living on campus?

We provide housing on our Gorham campus, with residential communities for first-year students that help you transition to life on your own. Choose from 10 community themes such as citizenship, social justice, creativity, the Rainbow Floor, entrepreneurship, and more. As a residential student, you're more likely to build better relationships with faculty and your peers, feel supported in and out of the classroom, and earn higher grades.

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Information for parents and family members

As an incoming student, your success is our main focus — but we know your parents and families are integral, as well. We created a collection of resources for parents and families to learn about important things like dining plans, disability services, campus safety, school breaks, and much more.

A composite image of our digital swag offerings. Clockwise: Back Cove, a celestial indicator globe from our Osher Map Library, Corthell Hall on our Gorham campus, our Southern Maine Huskies logo centered in a star against a dark blue background, Portland's Old Port, a Welcome, Huskie's light pole banner on our Portland campus.

Digital Swag

Show your Husky pride by downloading a custom USM background image for your phone, iPod, tablet, computer, Zoom, or social media account. Choose from campus shots, Portland's Back Cove, or the Old Port.

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Meet fellow admitted Huskies

We created a social space just for your incoming class! Connect with your future classmates, find roommates, and get your questions answered by our staff or your peers in our USM Class of 2025 Facebook group.

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Still have questions?

Reach out to your friendly and dedicated Admissions Counselor if you have additional questions or need assistance with your admission. Your counselor is happy to connect with you based on your communication preference, be it video chat, email, phone, or text. 

USM by the Numbers

58k+ USM alumni
ONE of America's most livable cities (according to 'Forbes')
400+ Internship & clinical host sites
$30M in grants & scholarships

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