English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

APP Frequently Asked Questions

APP Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

Yes! APP students who are U.S citizens/ permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

What happens after admission to USM via the Academic Pathways Program?

Students will be invited to new student orientation where they will take the English language placement test and meet with an advisor to register for classes. Click here for more information about the ESOL Placement Test. More information about orientation can be found on the USM orientation page, and students can find details about the advising and registration process here.

Will I receive college credit for ESOL Courses?

Most ESOL courses offer 3.0 academic credits. Only one APP language course (ESL 099) is considered developmental-level and does not grant college credit towards graduation; the APP program’s placement test and writing sample determines which level of ESOL an APP student enrolls in. Click here for more information about APP Courses.

What are the APP requirements for progressing to higher levels?

The Admissions Pathway Program has specific academic requirements that must be followed and successfully completed in order for the student to remain admitted at USM. Therefore, a grade of “C+” or better is required for students to progress to the next level of all ESOL courses. After completing ESL 100C (College Writing), and meeting other requirements outlined in each student's Academic Support Plan, students will have successfully fulfilled the APP program requirements.


I have been accepted to APP, what are the things I should do next?

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Southern Maine!

As a newly accepted student in the Admissions Pathway Program, there are steps you will need to complete before you start your first semester at USM.

It's a good idea to meet the APP program director, Andrea Vasquez. She would love to hear from you, and she can answer your questions about the APP program. Please click here for more information about the ESOL Program Director and Staff.

Placement Test: New APP students must take a language placement test to determine which courses you will register for. Click here for more information about the ESOL Placement Test.

(International students will be scheduled for the placement test upon arrival at USM. Please contact our office with questions.)

For new local students who will start at USM in the fall, please complete a USM orientation as soon as possible! Click here for more information about USM Orientation. (International students will be contacted by International Programs with their orientation dates).

For more information about our program, please contact: usmesol@maine.edu