English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Admissions Pathway Program Information

Admissions Pathway Program Information

The Admissions Pathway Program (APP) is an academic support program offered through the University of Southern Maine’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department. Formerly known as The English Language Bridge (ELB) program, this opportunity is designed to support non-native English speakers and writers transition to the rigor of reading and writing in college-level courses.

Students in the APP program are multilingual writers who have met USM’s admission requirements, however their TOEFL or SAT scores fall below the required level.

All APP students meet with an academic advisor to select courses and create an individualized pathway that promotes a student’s academic success. During their first semester or first year at USM, students in the APP program have a full-time course load, in which they take both APP writing courses and regular, gen-ed classes. Once students have achieved university-level proficiency in academic reading and writing, they may declare their choice of major.

Have more questions about the APP program? Check out our APP: Frequently Asked Questions page.

Admissions Pathway Program students are advised to work with tutors in the Learning Commons, Second Floor Glickman Library. For appointments call 207-780-4958 or visit the Learning Commons Appointment page.