Whether you’re starting your degree or returning to complete it, you’ll find academic excellence that is affordable, meaningful, and responsive to your needs at the University of Southern Maine (USM).
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High school students

Our community is made up of extraordinary people from diverse backgrounds who will help shape the way you view the world. We offer 50+ majors, three welcoming campuses, hands-on experience through internships, and faculty dedicated to your success. Get an education that both challenges and inspires you.

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Transfer students

Discover a warm and welcoming campus environment in one of the most dynamic locations in New England. When you join our community, you can choose to continue on your current academic path or explore new directions. We’ll ensure your eligible college credits transfer to keep you on track for your degree.

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Adult learners

If you plan to start or head back to school after years on the job, in the military, or raising a family, you’ll enjoy the rich mix of students on our campuses. No matter your age, background, or experience, our focus is on you feeling welcome and finding a schedule to best meet the demands of your busy life.

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Graduate study

The academic strength of our graduate programs is demonstrated through our stimulating classes, challenging coursework, and outstanding faculty. We’ll ensure you have the resources and connections you’ll need to make your mark with a choice of on-campus, online, or distance learning options.

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International students

Are you seeking small classes, hands-on learning experiences — both in and out of the classroom — and personal attention from faculty? Earn your bachelor’s or graduate degree among students from over 30 countries who enrich our community with their distinct perspectives. Portland, ME is also a top New England destination.

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Individual courses

Take a course any time of year! We offer 1,100+ undergraduate and graduate courses, including over 160 online — and you don’t need to enroll in a degree program to register. Whether you want to catch up on requirements or acquire new skills, we have flexible options to fit within your busy schedule.

Do you need more information? Our friendly Admissions team is happy to help!