Starting Degree

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is the right place to start your degree — at any stage of life. Our community spans a wide range of ages and experiences, bringing diverse perspectives into the classroom. Whether you're a recent high school graduate or an experienced professional looking to continue your education, the Admissions team can help you choose the right path to achieve your goals.

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Get credit for your experience

Get Credit for Your Experience

Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you've acquired on the job, during military service, or through community engagement. USM's Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) has developed systematic ways to assess your learning competencies in a supportive atmosphere, supplying the academic bridge that effectively and efficiently connects practical with theoretical knowledge.

Explore USM's online programs & courses

Explore USM's Online Programs & Courses

Get the flexibility you need to take classes from anywhere, on your own schedule. USM offers over 650 online courses throughout the year, and six degree programs you can complete fully online. Taught by USM faculty, our online programs meet the same rigorous standards as our traditional, on-campus degree programs, and include comprehensive student support services and academic advising.

Meet our Accomplished USM Faculty

Connect with dedicated professors who are highly accomplished in their fields and actively engaged in our communities. USM faculty provide students with valuable learning opportunities, including internships, research, and service learning projects throughout the southern Maine region. As teachers, mentors and advisors, they will support your academic goals, from start to finish.

A student veteran in the Woodbury Campus Center

Support for Veterans and Their Families

As a military-friendly campus, we are proud to support veterans, service members, and their families. Veterans Services can help you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits (the GI Bill) process. Our Veterans Upward Bound program offers eligible veterans individualized assistance to make a successful transition from the military to the classroom.

USM by the Numbers

40%+ of the USM community are ages 25+
200+ online courses
14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
265 full-time faculty

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