Start your application process to the University of Southern Maine (USM) right here. Review deadlines and instructions for applying for an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or certificate program.

Undergraduate program application

Earn your bachelor’s degree. Choose from 50+ majors!

Graduate program application

Earn your master’s or doctoral degree.

Certificate program application

Earn a certificate apart from a degree program.

Did you know?

  • All applicants apply for free.
  • Undergraduate applicant SAT and ACT test scores do not influence our admission decision.
  • Graduate study applicant GRE and GMAT test scores do not influence our admission decision.

Send us your admission materials

If we receive any supporting documents before your application arrives, we'll keep them in a holding file until we receive your application.

If you choose to collect all your application materials yourself before mailing or delivering everything to us at once, do not open your official transcripts* or recommendation letters*.

NOTE: All your application materials become the property of the University of Southern Maine once you submit them and will not be returned.

We must receive official transcripts* and recommendation letters* in the original, sealed envelope. If an envelope is opened before it arrives, we'll put your application review on hold until we receive a new, sealed document.

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Official transcripts* and recommendation letters* must be emailed to us directly from the institution or author. If an email is forwarded to us from your account, we'll put your application review on hold until we receive a new email directly from the source.

Any of the following items may also be emailed to

  • Essays
  • Résumés
  • Additional supporting documents

*To be considered "official," transcripts must be sent by your previous institution through a secure clearing house; recommendation letters must be sealed or sent directly by the author. Our graduate admission application also offers an option to submit supporting documents through CollegeNET.

Check your application status

It's your responsibility to ensure your application is complete by the appropriate program deadline. To check the status of your submitted application, follow these steps:

  1. Activate your account
    • Look for a letter or email from the Office of Admissions with the information you'll need for this step
  2. Log in to MaineStreet 
    • Your application status and any missing application materials will appear as To Do items
    • Select Student Self-Service
      • If you choose the mobile-friendly Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Dos widget block
      • If you choose the Classic Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Do List block on the right side of your screen
Do you need more information? Our friendly Admissions team is happy to help!

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754; Phone: 207-581-1226; TTY: 711 (Maine Relay System).