2013-14 Catalogs

Undergraduate Admission

The University of Southern Maine is an academic community that welcomes applications for admission from qualified women and men with various backgrounds and interests regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. The University seeks candidates whose academic achievement and motivation indicate potential for success in an undergraduate program.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission invites prospective students to visit the campus to discuss their educational interests. The Office will provide information about academic programs, discuss admission requirements and procedures, and arrange personal interviews and campus tours. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 1 (800) 800-4USM, or (207) 780-5670, or usmadm@usm.maine.edu. For more information on Lewiston-Auburn College, call (207) 753-6536.

Admission Requirements

With the exception of early admission applicants, a high school diploma or General Equivalency Development (GED) certificate is required for admission to the University. Students who are home educated/home schooled should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for information regarding the alternate documentation required for admission. Although secondary school preparation may vary, please find below the minimum college preparatory subjects required for regular admission to the University. In addition to these, further requirements may be imposed by individual University schools and colleges.

General subject minimum requirements (University-wide)
English 4 units
Mathematics 3 units (Algebra I, II, and Geometry)
Science 2 units (with laboratory)
History/Social Science 2 units
Highly Recommended College Preparatory Courses

An optimal college preparatory course of study extends beyond the minimum requirements. Students who do best in college and graduate on time have the following high school course of study:

  • Four years of English in courses that present a variety of readings (fiction, non-fiction, essays, memoirs, journalism) and emphasize expository and analytic writing about texts.
  • At least three years of laboratory science that include the study of biology, chemistry, and physics, offered as separate courses or as an integrated core. Science courses should include writing technical reports and quantitative representations and analyses of data as well as the traditional course content.
  • Four years of math that include Algebra I and II and Geometry; a college preparatory math course during the senior year.
  • Three years of history and social science that include reading primary as well as secondary texts, writing analytic and expository essays, and using quantitative social science data, in addition to the traditional course content.
  • Two years of study of one language other than English: Foreign languages and American Sign Language (ASL).
Additional requirements for majors in a particular college or program

Women and Gender Studies:

  • Two units of one foreign language or ASL.

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:

  • Two units of one foreign language or ASL


  • Three units of French.

     School of Music

  • Successful completion of a music audition administered by USM

College of Management and Human Service:

     School of Business

  • Four units of mathematics exceeding Algebra II.

     Social Work and Geography-Anthropology

  • Two units of one foreign language or ASL

College of Science, Technology, and Health:


  • Laboratory chemistry and physics, and four units of mathematics exceeding Algebra II (Trigonometry recommended).

     Computer Science and Mathematics

  • Four units of mathematics exceeding Algebra II.


  • Three units of laboratory science.

     Linguistics and Psychology

  • Two units of one foreign language or ASL

     Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Health Fitness, and Health Sciences

  • Laboratory biology and chemistry.


  • Laboratory biology and chemistry. In addition, nursing candidates must also satisfy specific academic standards in order to qualify for the clinical portion of the degree program. For further details, please refer to the School of Nursing section of this catalog.

Lewiston-Auburn College:

  • Must meet all University general subject requirements. Applicants should make an appointment with a USM advisor at Lewiston-Auburn College, (207) 753-6536.

Admission Procedures, Policies

Application Requirements
  • Completed application form, paper or online: University of Maine System application or the Common Application
  • $40 application fee payable to the University of Southern Maine
  • Official transcript sent by your high school, listing all courses and grades received to date or official General Education Diploma (GED) results
  • Official SAT/ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency or included on the official high school transcript. (If you have completed 30 or more college credit hours or have been out of high school three or more years at the time you submit your application, these scores are not required.)
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores (may be required of those applicants whose primary language is not English)
First year applicant additional requirements:

Completed school counselor statement and/or letter of recommendation from a teacher (not required if you are no longer in high school)

Homeschooled Students

Students who are satisfying any or all of their high school requirements in a homeschool setting should submit an official school transcript or an annual assessment of courses they have completed. A letter of recommendation may come from a family member, but must also come from someone outside the family.

Adult Students

If you graduated from high school/earned your GED more than three years ago, it is recommended you submit a current resume of your life and work experiences. Electronic files of your resume can be sent to usmadm@usm.maine.edu.

Transfer applicant additional requirements:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not credit was earned, sent directly from each institution.
  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college level transcripts from a USM approved transcript analysis agency. For a list of approved agencies, go to http://usm.maine.edu/admit/international-students
  • Nursing applicants only: Supplemental application. Go to Nursing website for more information: http://usm.maine.edu/nursing
International applicant additional requirements:
  • Official secondary school transcripts, exam certificates, and college level transcripts including certified English translations
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not credit was earned, sent from the institution
  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college level transcripts from a USM approved transcript analysis agency. For a list of approved agencies, go to http://usm.maine.edu/admit/international-students
  • Declaration of Finances accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
Reactivating or Readmission Applicant requirements

You should only complete the Reactivation of Application/Readmission Application if one of the following three categories applies:

  • Reactivation of Application: You applied to USM within the last year but did not enroll in classes as a degree (matriculated) student.
  • Readmission: You received an undergraduate degree from USM and are pursuing a second undergraduate degree or you began your studies at USM as a degree (matriculated) student more than ten years ago but did not graduate.

Matriculated degree candidates maintain their matriculation status for ten calendar years from the first semester of attendance at USM. If, for any reason other than dismissal from the University, a student does not register for any length of time during that ten-year period and then resumes registration, no readmission is necessary. If, however, a student wishes to resume studies as a degree candidate after the ten-year period has elapsed, she or he needs to apply for readmission using the Reactivation of Application/Readmission Application.

Application materials should be sent to:

University of Maine System Application Processing Center

PO Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

For a complete listing and more information, go to:http://usm.maine.edu/admit/application-instructions

Early Admission Applicants

Students who have completed their junior year of high school may apply for consideration of admission (as non-matriculated students) under the Early Admission Program. Undergraduate Admission will consider high-achieving students who display both the intellectual ability and the social maturity to succeed in a university course of study.

To be eligible for admission, candidates must have completed a minimum of three years of college preparatory subjects in high school according to the general University admission requirements, and submit SAT or ACT test results.

Interested applicants will be required to submit the University of Maine System application in addition to an Early Admission Application. Early admission candidates may be required to have a personal interview with a member of the admission staff. High school students who enter the University of Southern Maine prior to graduation from high school are not eligible for federally funded financial aid and may not participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Early Admission applicants may apply for the fall semester only. Application forms must be submitted by April 15.

Priority Dates and Deadlines

Fall Semester  
January 15 Transfer Nursing deadline
February 15 Priority filing application date
  Freshman Nursing deadline
May 1 Priority enrollment deposit date
April 1 Academic scholarship completed application deadline
June 1 International student application deadline
Spring Semester  
November 1 International student application deadline
December 1 Priority filing application date
January 2 Priority enrollment deposit date

Applications are reviewed throughout the year on a rolling admission basis. Although applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, as some degree programs admit only a limited number of students, applicants are urged to submit their credentials at their earliest possible convenience in order to receive consideration. Applications may be made to enter the University in the fall or spring semester only. Offers of admission may be revoked because of unsatisfactory performance in the final semester of high school or college.

Admission to the University is offered for a specific semester. Anyone choosing to defer his or her offer of admission may do so by submitting a written request to the director of Undergraduate Admission prior to the start of the semester and paying a $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit.  Deferments are granted for up to one year.  Students attending another college full-time are not allowed to defer; however, students on deferment may take up nine college credits.

Admission Decisions

The University recognizes that its prospective students may come with differing academic backgrounds and/or with significant time having elapsed since completion of secondary school. The following categories of admission exist to accommodate this wide range of applicants.

Regular Admission

Applicants whose academic backgrounds demonstrate the ability to pursue regular, entry level coursework may be granted regular acceptance to the University. This admission decision is based upon a comprehensive evaluation of the student's educational record, including standardized test scores (if required), as well as individual talents and activities.

Enrollment as an Undeclared Major

Applicants who are undecided regarding their major field of study may request admission as an "Undeclared Major." Undeclared students are assigned an advisor in the Student Success Center to assist with appropriate course selection and academic planning while exploring a major field of study. This admission option provides students the opportunity to select their major at an appropriate time during the first 60 credit hours of coursework.

Admission to the GO Program

Applicants whose academic credentials are not complete in some way (e.g., missing academic units, low SAT or ACT scores), but who show significant promise, may be granted acceptance to GO, an academic success and support program. Students are fully admitted to the University and pursue their first year of study under the direction of the Student Success Center. Students who are admitted to GO are required to fulfill terms of an academic support plan that outlines their responsibilities. Students admitted to GO are expected to meet the requirements of their academic support plan within their first 30 credit hours.

To achieve transition to regular status, the student must complete the minimum college readiness requirements of the University as well as successfully complete a minimum 12 credit hours of 100-level coursework (including College Writing), complete a learning strategy and decision-making course, and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Transition to regular status prior to completion of 12 credit hours may be approved if the student earns an exceptional grade point average. The student's assigned advisor will assist in completing the transition.

All applications are considered for regular admission to the University. As part of the review process, the Undergraduate Admission Committee will determine which applicants are to be offered admission to GO.

Admission to the English Language Bridge Program

Students applying to the University who meet regular admission requirements but whose TOEFL or IELTS scores fall below the required level may be eligible for admission to the University through the English Language Bridge Program offered through the ESOL Department. For further information on the English Language Bridge Program, contact Bart Weyand, program director.

Admission to the Intensive English Language Program with Conditions

The Intensive English Language Program with Conditions is for students whose first language is not English and who are seeking admission to USM. Students are considered for this program if they are academically qualified, may or may not have taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam, and still need a semester or two of English language instruction. Students will be admitted with the condition that they successfully complete at least one semester of Intensive English courses prior to enrolling in other courses offered at USM. For further information on the Intensive English Language Program with Conditions, contact Bart Weyand, program director.

Enrollment as a Non-matriculated Student

The University encourages members of the local community to take advantage of its diverse course offerings. Non-matriculated students (those not enrolled in a degree program of study) may take regular credit courses for self-interest and enrichment. Non-matriculated students are enrolled each semester on a space-available basis and are not eligible for student financial aid awards, guaranteed student loans, veteran's benefits, campus housing, or participation in intercollegiate athletics. Interested persons are invited to contact the Student Success Center.

Non-matriculated students are required to meet the same academic progress standards as matriculated students. In order to apply degree credits earned at the University of Southern Maine, the student must be admitted into a degree program as a result of the application process.


Matriculated degree candidates maintain their matriculation status for ten calendar years from the first semester of attendance at the University of Southern Maine. If a student has been academically dismissed from the University or if a student wishes to resume studies after the ten-year period has elapsed, she or he must apply for readmission. The Reactivation of Application/Readmission Application is available at the following Web site: http://usm.maine.edu/admit/application-instructions.

Transfer Admission

Applicants who have attended a postsecondary institution beyond the secondary school level are considered transfer students and must submit official copies of collegiate and secondary school records. SAT or ACT test results are required for students who have been graduated from high school for less than three years. Transfer candidates who have previously completed ten or more college courses (thirty credits) at the time of application may forego submitting SAT or ACT test results. Quality points and grade point average do not transfer.

Students applying for transfer from regionally accredited institutions of higher education must have a grade point average of at least a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be considered for admission. Some academic programs require higher grade point averages. Transfer credit may be awarded for coursework completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Courses graded C- or higher are considered for transfer credit.

Students applying for transfer from non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education must have a minimum 2.75 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to be considered for admission. No transfer credit will be awarded for coursework completed at non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Under special circumstances, students may, in individual cases, petition the dean of the appropriate college for consideration of coursework earned from institutions that were candidates for accreditation.

From within the University of Maine System

Trustee policy is to provide the maximum opportunity for transfer within the University of Maine System. When a student is accepted for transfer, all undergraduate credits successfully completed with a grade of C- or better at any unit of the University System will be transferable to any other unit of the University System, but will not be automatically applied to the specific academic degree program to which the student has transferred. Each student will be expected to meet the established requirements of the academic program into which transfer is made, and appropriate application of transfer credit is to be the responsibility of the particular academic unit.

University of Maine System Transfer Policies and Practices

  1. Transferring students must provide official transcripts reflecting all previous post-secondary coursework.
  2. An evaluation of transfer credit will be prepared by the Transfer Officer for each accepted transfer student, and will be available in the student's MaineStreet Student Center. The transfer student should meet with an academic advisor at the receiving university to review how the transfer credit will be applied toward the student's degree program. Transfer evaluations will be prepared based on the following principles:
    1. Within the University of Maine System. Undergraduate courses completed with a C- or higher, including P grades, will transfer from one UMS university to another. Grades will be recorded on the student's transcript but not computed into the cumulative GPA.
    2. Outside the University of Maine System. Credit earned with a C- or higher in courses from regionally accredited colleges/universities outside the UMS will be considered for transfer. Pass-fail courses taken outside the UMS must have "pass" defined as a C- or higher in order to transfer.
    3. Generally, course grades do not transfer from one college/university to another. Semester and cumulative GPA's reflect only those courses taken at the home university. Students in cooperative degree programs should inquire about any exceptions that may apply.
    4. Coursework defined as developmental by the university to which the student is transferring will not be awarded degree credit. Developmental courses are considered preparatory to college-level work, and will not count towards a degree.
    5. Courses from colleges and universities outside the United States will be accepted for transfer consistent with established University policies and practices.
  3. Credit may be awarded for high school Advanced Placement (AP) exams, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, or college-level knowledge gained through life experience (e.g., prior learning, such as military or other training) when validated through the approved campus processes.
  4. Students with coursework from non-regionally accredited schools may inquire into the possibility of validating some or all of their learning through testing and/or approved university credit for prior learning processes. Students interested in this option should contact the Transfer Officer for more information.
  5. If a student has concerns about the transfer evaluation, the student should contact the Transfer Officer at the receiving university. After such conferral, the student may appeal through the academic appeals process at the receiving university.
  6. Transfer students should consult the University's catalog and/or meet with an appropriate advisor to determine requirements regarding the number and distribution of credits that must be completed at the University to earn the desired degree.
  7. Students must meet the established requirements of the academic program or college into which they are transferring. Transfer credits do not necessarily count towards these requirements.
  8. Students may also confer with the Transfer Officer and/or an academic advisor regarding possible flexibility in the application of their credits to their program, through approved campus processes.
  9. Current UMS students who plan to take courses at another university, inside or outside of the UMS, are strongly encouraged to seek prior approval of their plans from the UMS university where they are matriculated.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Undergraduate coursework completed at other institutions of higher education will be evaluated for transfer credit on the basis of the following: whether or not the previous institution was regionally accredited at the time of attendance, grades achieved in previous coursework, and comparability of courses taken with courses at the University. Courses for which credit is awarded through another institution's credit-by-examination policy may be granted transfer credit provided both earned credits and grades appear on the transcript and the course is applicable to the student's work at this University. The applicability of transfer credits to USM's core curriculum and to a student's intended major field of study shall be determined by the Office of Transfer Affairs in conjunction with the appropriate academic department, school, or college. Transfer evaluations are assumed to be correct if a student does not direct questions to or enter an appeal with the Office of Transfer Affairs within one year of the completion of the evaluation. At that time, the evaluation becomes permanent and will not be changed.

Maine Community College Articulation Agreements

The University of Southern Maine has formal articulation agreements in certain academic disciplines with the Maine Community College System. In addition, USM participates in AdvantageU, a guaranteed admission program for qualified Maine Community College students who elect to participate. These agreements facilitate transfer to USM for graduates from specific associate degree programs. For more information, students should contact either the academic department at USM to which transfer is being considered, or the USM Office of Transfer Affairs.

Placement Exam

Placement Examination Program

SAT and ACT scores are used for course placement in mathematics and English. All newly admitted degree candidates whose SAT mathematics score is below 550 or ACT mathematics score is below 22 must take the math placement examination. Only SAT or ACT test results administered within the past five years are valid. TOEFL and IELTS scores are used for course placement in English. Only TOEFL and IELTS test results administered within the past three years are valid. Students who transfer credits from another institution may meet college readiness in mathematics and English as determined by the Office of Transfer Affairs. Non-matriculated students are encouraged to take the placement examination and should contact the Office of Academic Assessment for details. For more information on the Placement Examination Program, go to http://usm.maine.edu/assessment. Note: The placement exam results will not be used in place of SAT/ACT test results for admission purposes.

Prior Learning Assessment

The Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) believes that students should be rewarded for knowledge acquired outside the traditional classroom if it fulfills the academic criteria set forth and evaluated by the USM faculty.

PLA is a process that builds a bridge between students' practical, applied learning experiences and their theoretical, college-level knowledge. There are several pathways across this bridge: testing options, credential reviews, military evaluations, and academic portfolio development, paving the way to academic credit where appropriate. Proof of competency rests with the student. Transcripts older than twenty years cannot be used for credit. For further details regarding credit options, students should contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment at http://usm.maine.edu/pla.

Advanced Placement

The University participates in the Advanced Placement program (AP) of the College Board. AP exams are given in secondary schools. For credit consideration at USM, an official AP transcript and a minimum score of 3 are required.

International Baccalaureate

The University recognizes IB and is committed to considering credit for students who score 5 or better on the Higher Level exams. No credit is offered for Standard Level IB exams. An official score transcript must be sent from the IB Organization to the Office for Prior Learning Assessment for evaluation.

Standardized Examinations

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES exams are used for either course-equivalency or elective credits. For credit consideration at USM, an official transcript must be submitted and cut-off scores must be achieved. Several Excelsior College exams are also recognized for credit. PLA also offers credit for 50 language exams through an external testing program. For more information on all these options, visit the PLA Web site at http://usm.maine.edu/pla.

Academic Portfolio Assessment Program

The academic portfolio is a formal collection of evidence in support of a person's claim for college credit. The process is reflective and challenging, yet rewarding. To earn course equivalency credit or elective credit with an academic department through portfolio assessment, the candidate's documentation must prove understanding and learning competency, subject to evaluation by appropriate faculty. Academic portfolio assessment may also be used to earn general elective credit, which can be earned regardless of one's academic major. Applicability of credits toward meeting graduation requirements varies by school and college within the University.

Credential Review

Credential review requires original and current documentation for individualized learning situations, submitted for college credit, reviewed by appropriate USM faculty or in consultation with national guidelines. All credentials are considered on a case-by-case basis. PLA reviews professional certifications, educational and training courses, and certain college-level experiential learning that may have earned selected licenses, certificates, and/or credentials for organizations outside the University. Credit is not awarded for attendance certificates.

Credit for Military Service

Students who have been active members of the armed services may qualify for credit. Official service documents are required for credit consideration.

Challenge Examination Program

Challenge exams may be developed individually by faculty members for USM students in coordination with the Office for Prior Learning Assessment. These exams are used selectively and may result in the student earning equivalency course credit.

Pre-professional Programs


There is no specific course of study required of students who are planning to apply to law schools. Since the practice of law covers all fields, the only recommendation that law school admissions officers give to students is that they pursue challenging courses in areas of interest to them and that they do well in these courses. Participation in an honors program definitely enhances a student's admission as does a well-written senior thesis or an independent study.

  • Students must be able to write clearly. They should take upper level, writing intensive courses in English or other fields.
  • Students must be able to think clearly and critically. Courses in philosophy, science, and language will be helpful.
  • Students should understand the social and political context within which the law exists. Courses in sociology, history, and political science are appropriate.
  • Students may wish to take substantive courses in the law and in legal reasoning. Courses in law and society, civil liberties, civil rights, constitutional law, business law and the rule of law–some of which are offered as undergraduate courses by professors from the University of Maine Law School–may be of interest.

Students who are interested in law should be advised that their overall academic record and performance on the LSAT are much more important than a specific undergraduate major for law school admission.

Students should meet with USM's pre-law advisor early in their undergraduate careers to discuss the legal profession and design a path to law school admission. Students should also become active members of USM's Pre-Law Society. For more information, contact Ronald Schmidt, associate professor, at (207) 780-4581 or e-mail rschmidt@usm.maine.edu.

Pre-pharmacy Program

A two-year, non-degree program of study is offered to prepare students to apply to a four-year doctoral program in pharmacy (a 2+4 program). Most schools and colleges of pharmacy require 60-75 credits in their two-year pre-pharmacy phase, depending on the number of general education credits required. Individual programs vary in the general education courses they require, e.g., economics, social science, humanities, and fine arts, so students should consult those programs accordingly. The pre-pharmacy concentration is a time-intensive program that students will need to commit to upon entering the University. Students are encouraged to take summer courses to reduce the number of credits taken each semester. If students choose not to take summer courses, they should consider extending the program to three years. If they do well in this program of study, they will be competitive with students from other universities applying for entry into professional pharmacy programs. If students decide not to transfer after two years, they will be well along the path toward earning a B.S. in biology degree. For further information contact Jeffrey Walker, associate professor, 305A Science Building, Portland. (207) 228-8166 or e-mail walker@usm.maine.edu.

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary

USM, like most universities, does not have a major in pre-medical, pre-veterinary, or pre-dental studies. USM offers a degree in biology with a concentration in human biology. By completing the concentration in human biology a student will have completed all the required courses for admission to professional school and many of the recommended courses. Pre-veterinary students should complete the general biology degree. Most students who are accepted in a professional school majored in biology or zoology as undergraduates. However, a student does not have to major in science to be accepted to medical, dental, or veterinary medicine school. Approximately one-third of all students accepted to professional schools took the required science courses as electives while pursuing their undergraduate degrees in non-science fields.

Every undergraduate course taken is important regardless of its subject area. Admissions officers in professional schools pay particular attention to the overall academic record and performance on entrance exams when evaluating a candidate's application for admission.

It is also important to have experience in the field of medicine. Most veterinary schools require some type of animal care experience, e.g., volunteer work in an animal hospital. Many medical schools require some type of patient-care experience, e.g., Emergency Medical Technician training, volunteer work in an emergency room.

As minimum entrance requirements, most professional schools recommend:

  • 1 year of college biology with lab (BIO 105, 106; BIO 107, 108)
  • 1 year of inorganic chemistry with lab (CHY 113, 114; CHY 115, 116)
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with lab (CHY 251, 252; CHY 253, 254)
  • 1 year of physics with lab (PHY 111, 114 or PHY 121, 114)
  • 1 semester of mathematics (statistics recommended)

Some recommended courses are:

     Psychology (PSY 101J)
     Genetics (BIO 301)
     Microbiology (BIO 311, 312)
     Comparative or Human Anatomy (BIO 205 or 211/212)
     General or Human Physiology (BIO 401/402)
     Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 111)

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Walker, associate professor, 305A Science Building, Portland. (207) 228-8166 or e-mail walker@usm.maine.edu.

New England Regional Student Program (RSP)

In cooperation with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study at reduced rates of tuition to qualified candidates from the New England states. Because the listing of programs varies from year to year, candidates should check the most up-to-date listings. The following schedule represents the fields of study available at the University in the New England Regional Student Program for 2013-14. Further information is available at nebhe.org/tuitionbreak.

Undergraduate Programs
Athletic Training RI
Criminology NH, RI
Environmental Planning and Policy VT
Exercise Science (with concentration in Health Fitness) VT
Technology Management RI, VT
Liberal Studies: Humanities MA
Linguistics RI
Linguistics (concentration in American Sign Language) CT, VT, MA
Musical Theatre MA
Natural and Applied Science CT, VT
Recreation and Leisure Studies MA, RI, VT
Tourism and Hospitality CT, RI
Graduate Programs

See listing in Graduate Catalog at http://usm.maine.edu/catalogs.

Immunization Requirement

Maine State law requires all individuals born after December 31, 1956, who plan to enroll in a degree program or plan to take twelve or more credits, to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus before registering for classes. Immunization Records should be sent to: Shared Processing Center, P.O. BOX 412, Bangor, ME 04402. Immunization records must be on file with the University before students will be allowed to register for classes. Specific information about immunization requirements can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/health.

E-mail Communication Policy

In order to meet the academic and administrative needs of the University community, the University has established e-mail as an official and primary means of communication to its students, accepted and/or enrolled. In some cases, e-mail may be the only form of communication. Official University assigned e-mail accounts are created for all accepted and/or enrolled students usually in the form of FirstName.LastName@maine.edu. Students are responsible for reading all information sent to them via their University assigned e-mail account. The University has the right to expect that such communications will be received and read in a timely fashion.

It is imperative that students understand that a majority of University information will be communicated to them via their assigned e-mail account. Confidential information will not be sent via e-mail. If the University needs to convey sensitive information to the student and the information cannot be conveyed using the password-protected student self-service venue, the University will send the information via United States Postal Service.

The University reserves the right to notify students via e-mail when any action on the student's part may be necessary. Some actions can be accomplished using the University's Student Information Systems, made available through special password-protected links. Students should activate their assigned e-mail accounts at mail.maine.edu. For assistance in activating your University account, visit http://usm.maine.edu/computing/computing-help-desk or contact the HelpDesk at (207) 780-4029, or helpdesk@usm.maine.edu. The complete E-mail Communication Policy can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/doit/email-communication-policy.