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. Our 3 welcoming campuses offer 50+ majors, 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 New England's most dynamic locations. Join our community to continue your 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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Online programs

We designed our online programs with flexibility in mind. We want to help you manage your coursework with minimal disruptions to your busy life. Online courses are a mix of video lectures, reading, and discussion boards that allow you to interact with the material, faculty, and fellow students.

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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 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

Add your distinct perspective to our community of students from 30+ countries. We offer small classes, hands-on learning experiences (in and out of the classroom), and personal attention from faculty. Earn your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Portland, ME — a top New England destination!

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