Start your application process to the University of Southern Maine (USM) right here. Review deadlines and instructions to apply for a bachelor’s degree program.

Admission to our University is based primarily on your academic background, the rigor of your high school program, and the grades you achieved. For transfer students, emphasis is placed on your most recent academic record.

We accept and review applications throughout the year on a rolling admission cycle. However, we strongly recommend that you apply by the dates noted in the following table to take advantage of specific opportunities. Early Action, academic scholarship consideration, and other important deadlines are organized by start term.

If you want to enroll in the upcoming fall term, our final application deadline is August 15. We must receive your application and all supporting materials before we can start our review.

For the best overall financial aid package, complete your USM application and submit your FAFSA by January 15.

Fall term deadlineAdmission action
December 1*Early Action applications due
December 15*Early Action supporting materials due in-hand at the Office of Admissions
February 1Priority applications due for academic scholarship consideration**
February 1BS in Nursing applications due (first-year & transfer students)
February 15**Priority supporting materials due in-hand at the Office of Admissions
May 1Priority enrollment deposit due
July 1International student applications due
August 15Final applications due
August 15Final supporting materials due in-hand at the Office of Admissions
*Students that apply by December 1 and provide all supporting materials by December 15 are guaranteed an admission decision by January 15. If admitted via Early Action, students must respond to the offer by May 1.
**Students that apply by February 1 and provide all supporting materials by February 15 will be automatically considered for academic scholarships.
Spring term* deadlineAdmission action
November 15International student applications due
December 1Priority applications due
January 2Priority enrollment deposit due
*Nursing applicants (with the exception of RN to BS in Nursing program) will not be admitted for spring terms.
Summer term deadlineAdmission action
May 1Priority applications due
October 1Accelerated BS in Nursing applications due

In order to be considered for financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Review the following information to find your filing deadline.

For the best overall financial aid package, complete your USM application and submit your FAFSA by January 15.

Expected start termDeadlineFinancial aid action
Fall semesterJanuary 15*File your FAFSA
Spring semesterASAP following admission applicationFile your FAFSA
*This deadline ensures that our Student Financial Services department will receive federal data on schedule.

IMPORTANT: You may still submit your FAFSA after the stated deadlines. However, your financial aid package will be dependent on the remaining funds available for the academic year. For more information, visit Student Financial Services.

Student Financial Services will start distributing financial aid award notifications on December 15 to students admitted for the following year’s fall term.

It's free to apply for admission, including:

  • In-state
  • Out-of-state
  • International
  • Re-application
  • Reactivation

SAT and ACT

Your test scores do not influence our admission decision. We do not require you to submit SAT or ACT test scores.

However, you may choose to submit scores as reported on your official high school transcript, or directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or the American College Testing Program (ACT).

If you want to request your scores be sent to the University of Southern Maine from ETS or ACT, you may do so by contacting ETS or contacting ACT. Our CEEB code is 3691.

Advanced Placement Tests and International Baccalaureate

The University of Southern Maine recognizes Advanced Placement Tests and the International Baccalaureate program, and may grant placement and credit toward graduation for superior performance. Contact the Credit for Prior Learning Office for information.

Application requirements

You are a first-year applicant if you completed high school (secondary school), your General Education Diploma (GED), or your High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and have not earned any college credits since that date.

If this is your first year in the United States, review the international applicants section.

Requirements for all undergraduate applicants

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of your education history
  • Completed personal statement/essay (recommended)

Additional requirements for first-year applicants

  • Have your high school (or secondary school) send us your official transcript, listing all courses and grades received to date; or submit your official General Education Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
  • Completed school counselor statement and/or letter of recommendation

NOTE: Official high school transcripts must list all courses and grades received to date if you have not yet graduated

Continue down this page to determine if any additional requirements may apply to you.

You are a homeschooled applicant if you were either educated at home or in an elective home education program for high school (secondary school).

Requirements for all undergraduate applicants

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of your education history
  • Completed personal statement/essay (recommended)

Additional requirements for homeschooled applicants

  • Submit your official transcript, which must show your date of graduation or annual assessment of courses completed
    • Your transcript should be signed by the person responsible for your homeschooling
  • Completed school counselor statement and/or letter of recommendation sent from someone outside your family

Continue down this page to determine if any additional requirements may apply to you.

You are an adult applicant if it has been more than 3 years since you graduated from high school (secondary school) or you have a gap of 3+ years since you last earned college credits.

You are a transfer applicant if you have earned any college credits after graduating from high school (secondary school).

Requirements for all undergraduate applicants

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of your education history
  • Completed personal statement/essay (recommended)

Additional requirements for adult & transfer applicants

  • If you have completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time you submit your application for admission to USM, you do not need to submit an official high school transcript
  • A 2.0+ cumulative grade point average (GPA) for any completed college/university coursework
    • We place more emphasis placed on your most recent coursework
    • Specific majors may set higher GPA requirements for admission consideration
  • Have each college or university you attended, whether or not credit was earned, send us your official transcripts

Additional requirements for applicants with a gap of 3+ years in your education

If you have a gap of three or more years — for any reason — since your last experience in education (high school, community college, or college/university), include your résumé or a list of life experiences (recommended).

Additional requirements for applicants with an international college transcript

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You are an international applicant if you are a citizen or permanent resident of a country (other than the United States) to which you intend to return. Currently, you may be residing in your home country or the United States on an educational, worker, or visitor visa.

Since preparations for entering a college in the United States are complex, we recommend that you start your application process one (1) year before you intend to enroll at USM.

Requirements for all undergraduate applicants

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of your education history
  • Completed personal statement/essay (recommended)

Additional requirements for international applicants

  • Submit your official secondary school transcripts, exam certificates, and any college-level transcripts including certified English translations
  • Provide financial documentation that shows you are able to support educational and living costs

Additional requirements for applicants with an international college transcript

Additional requirements for international transfer applicants

If you currently hold an F-1 student visa in the United States and wish to transfer to USM from another college or university, you will need to complete a transfer form with the foreign student advisor at your current school.

Continue down this page to determine if any additional requirements may apply to you.

Application deadlines for international applicants

Our international application deadlines allow sufficient time for processing the necessary immigration documents and for you to obtain a student visa.

Expected start termApplication deadline
Fall/September (Law applicants only)June 1
Fall/SeptemberJuly 1
Spring/JanuaryNovember 15
NOTE: If you are already in the U.S. with valid F-1 student status, later admission deadlines might be possible.

International admission representatives

We maintain relationships with international student recruitment agencies in several countries. These agencies are authorized to help you determine if the University of Southern Maine is the right choice for you.

You are a re-entry applicant if one of the following matches your experience:

  • Within the last year, you applied to our University and were either denied or admitted and did not enroll in classes as a degree-seeking (matriculated) student
  • You want to pursue an additional undergraduate degree and previously earned an undergraduate degree from our University
  • You previously enrolled at USM as a degree-seeking (matriculated) student and it has been two or more consecutive years since you have registered for and attended classes

Requirements for re-entry applicants

Additional requirements for applicants with an international college transcript

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You are a performing arts applicant if you plan to enroll in an Osher School of Music or Department of Theatre program.

Our Osher School of Music programs require an audition in addition to meeting your application requirements as noted in the sections above.

Our Department of Theatre programs require an interview or audition in addition to meeting your application requirements as noted in the sections above.

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You are a nursing applicant if you plan to enroll in a School of Nursing program.

Additional requirements for transfer applicants

Additional requirements for Accelerated BS in Nursing applicants

Continue down this page to determine if any additional requirements may apply to you.

You are an Applied Technical Leadership applicant if that is the program in which you plan to enroll.

NOTE: As of 11/1/22, we are not currently admitting students to this program. Please check with your Admissions Counselor for any changes to this status.

Additional requirements for first-year applicants

  • Training and work experience equivalent to an occupationally-oriented associate’s degree
  • All applicants must be screened by department

Additional requirements for transfer applicants

  • Associate’s degree in occupationally-oriented career field

Additional requirements for applicants with an international college transcript

Continue down this page to determine if any additional requirements may apply to you.

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency — unless you hold a degree from an English-speaking institution.

We accept the following test scores and qualifications for admission into undergraduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test
    • Scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test
    • Scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English
    • Scores of 105 or higher 
    • NOTE: We are accepting Duolingo scores on a trial basis for the 2022–23 academic year

If you have questions regarding your experience and our requirements, email the Office of Admissions.

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

Academic guidelines

While high school (or secondary school) preparation may vary, we generally require the subjects listed in the first table for regular admission to the University. Some majors have additional requirements, which are listed in the second table.

General requirements

SubjectNumber of units
English4
Mathematics3: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 (or equivalents)
Science2 with lab components
Social Science2

Majors with additional requirements

MajorSubjectAdditional requirements
Accounting (Business)Mathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
Athletic TrainingScienceBiology & Chemistry with labs
BiochemistryScience3 units of Natural/Physical Science with labs
BiologyScience3 units of Natural/Physical Science with labs
ChemistryScience3 units of Natural/Physical Science with labs
EngineeringMathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2, preferably Trigonometry
EngineeringScienceChemistry & Physics with labs
Environmental Planning & PolicyScience3 units of Natural/Physical Science with labs
Environmental ScienceScience3 units of Natural/Physical Science with labs
Exercise ScienceScienceBiology & Chemistry with labs
Finance (Business)Mathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
French (Linguistics/Education)French3 units
General Management (Business)Mathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
Health SciencesScienceBiology & Chemistry with labs
Marketing (Business)Mathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
Mathematics (including secondary education)Mathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
NursingScienceBiology & Chemistry with labs
PhysicsScience3 units of Natural/Physical Science with labs
Sport Management (Business)Mathematics4 total units; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2

While high school (or secondary school), college, and university preparation may vary, some majors have additional requirements, which are listed in the following table.

MajorSubjectTransfer GPATransfer courseworkHigh school units
Accounting (Business)Mathematics2.33+Mathematics readiness4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
Athletic TrainingScience2.50+Biology & Chemistry with labsBiology & Chemistry with labs
BiochemistryScience3 total of Natural/Physical Science with labs
BiologyScience3 total of Natural/Physical Science with labs
ChemistryScience3 total of Natural/Physical Science with labs
EngineeringMathematics2.25+4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2, preferably Trigonometry
EngineeringScience2.25+Physics & Chemistry with labsChemistry & Physics with labs
Environmental Planning & PolicyScience3 total of Natural/Physical Science with labs
Environmental ScienceScience3 total of Natural/Physical Science with labs
Exercise ScienceScience2.50+Biology & Chemistry with labsBiology & Chemistry with labs
Finance (Business)Mathematics2.33+Mathematics readiness4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
French (Linguistics/Education)French3
General Management (Business)Mathematics2.33+Mathematics readiness4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
Health SciencesScience2.25+Biology & Chemistry with labsBiology & Chemistry with labs
Marketing (Business)Mathematics2.33+Mathematics readiness4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
Mathematics (including secondary education)Mathematics4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2
NursingScienceBiology & Chemistry with labs
PhysicsScience3 total of Natural/Physical Science with labs
Psychology2.75+ within the last 30 credits earned
Sport Management (Business)Mathematics2.33+Mathematics readiness4 total; the last must be a college preparatory course exceeding Algebra 2

Did you know?

  • You can apply for free!
  • Your SAT and ACT test scores do not influence our admission decision.
  • Our School of Business is among the 5% of AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide.
  • We are designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for our Cybersecurity major.

Send us your admission materials

If we receive your application materials, such as official transcripts* or recommendations**, before your application arrives, we'll keep them in a holding file until we receive your application.

Physical Mail

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

If you choose to collect all application materials yourself and mail or deliver everything to us at once, do not open any official transcripts or recommendation letters.

Electronic Submission

Official transcripts sent via a secure clearinghouse can be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

Essays, resumes, and additional documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

NOTE: All application materials become property of the University of Southern Maine once submitted and will not be returned.

*Transcripts from your previous institution(s) must be sent directly from the institution to the University of Southern Maine to be considered “official". Physical transcripts must arrive in the original, sealed envelope and electronic transcripts should be sent through a secure clearing house. If the envelope is opened before it arrives at our Application Processing Center, we will hold your application review until a new, sealed transcript arrives.

**Recommendations must be sent by the author of the letter via physical mail or emailed to edocs@maine.edu, or for graduate applications via a link sent from the graduate application. If mailed and the envelope is opened before it arrives at our Application Processing Center, we will hold your application review until a new, sealed recommendation arrives.

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).