Parents & Families

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is committed to academic excellence that is affordable and flexible for our students and their families. Our location in the vibrant economic, intellectual, and cultural hub of Maine offers students a rich and exciting learning environment — in the classroom, in the lab, and in collaboration with our community partners.


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COVID-19 Updates

Detailed information about our policies and procedures is available on a dedicated section of our website that is updated regularly. 

Valuable internship & career-building opportunities

Valuable Internship & Career-Building Opportunities

Strong community partnerships provide USM students with valuable career-building opportunities, including internships with local and global businesses, Triple-A sports teams, teaching hospitals, theater and music venues, and more. USM faculty and alumni open doors to real-world experiences that can shape the future — for both our students and our region.

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Information for parents and family members

The success of incoming undergraduate students is our focus — but we know that parents and families are integral to that as well. In addition to our new student orientation, we created a collection of resources for you to learn about dining plans, disability services, campus safety, school breaks, and other important things.

A focus on academic advising for student success

A Focus on Academic Advising for Student Success

Student success is our highest priority at USM. We provide a wide range of resources to support our students, including academic advising, career coaching, and study skills development. Advising offices are available on each campus, and our Advising Network works to strengthen the student and academic advisor partnership.

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Keep up with our Academic Calendar

Students and parents can keep up with important dates and deadlines by checking our online Academic Calendar. You'll find class schedule information, including deadlines for dropping courses, exam schedules, university breaks, and other dates during each academic session throughout the year.

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About the Campus Experience

We have three supportive academic communities located in Maine's largest metropolitan region. Our expansive residential campus in Gorham is the hub of undergraduate life and is closely connected via shuttle to our lively urban campus in Portland, Maine’s largest city, and the region’s economic and cultural capital. Our six residence halls provide a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home that's close to community, classes, and campus resources.

The Campus Safety Project

Campus Safety & The Clery Report

The USM Campus Safety Project is a university-wide effort to promote healthy relationships by providing sexual abuse prevention education and response training for students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to the safety and welfare of our community and make our annual Clery Report on campus safety statistics available to the public.

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Dean of Students Office

This office has primary responsibility for student support and advocacy. We promote the University's Community Standards through programs and services, administration of the Student Conduct Code, advising the Student Conduct Committee and the Academic Integrity Board, and chairing both the Student Assistance and Care Team (ACT) and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

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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.

President Jacqueline Edmondson

Connect with University Administrators

We welcome you to contact the Office of the President, as well as other executive offices at USM. Whether you have questions about admissions, student affairs, academics, or other concerns, please connect with us.

Contact Us

Did you find what you're looking for? Speak with our Enrollment Management staff at 207-780-4740 or contact Admissions to learn more.