Congratulations on your admission! We’re excited for you to start your first semester as a USM Husky. Are you ready to join our pack?
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Important next steps

There are some important steps you must complete before attending your first class. Keep your acceptance packet handy and find out how to enroll in courses, submit your immunization records, attend orientation, and connect with student services.

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Need housing?

You’re more likely to build better relationships with faculty and peers, feel supported, and earn higher grades as a residential student. If you want to live on campus, it’s time to complete your housing application and pay your $75 housing deposit.

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Still have questions?

Reach out to your friendly and dedicated Admissions counselor if you have any questions or need help with your admission. Your counselor is happy to connect with you based on your communication preference, be it video chat, email, phone, or text.

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Parents & family members

As an incoming student, your success is our main focus — but we know your parents and families are integral, as well. We curated a collection of resources for parents and families to learn about important details like dining plans, disability services, campus safety, school breaks, and much more.

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Questions about financial aid?

We believe education should be affordable and are committed to helping you navigate the financial aid process. We’ll help you understand your options: from scholarships and grants to student loans and completing your FAFSA. Securing financial aid means you can save money and focus on your studies.

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New construction on our Portland campus

Located within walking and biking distance to the heart of downtown Portland, our Passive House residence hall and eco-conscious student center will open for our summer 2023 term. You'll have access to spacious study areas, a café and brewpub, our Career & Employment Hub, the University Store, and so much more!
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Meet fellow Admitted Huskies

We built an exclusive, social space just for your incoming class! Connect with your future classmates, find roommates, and get your questions answered in our USM Class of 2026 community on the Nearpeer platform.

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Download digital swag

Show your Husky pride by downloading a custom USM background image for your phone, iPod, tablet, computer, Zoom, or social media account. Choose from campus shots, Portland’s Back Cove, or the Old Port.

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Tours and online experiences

We want to make sure you have the access you need to make your final admission decision. Sign up for a webinar dedicated to admitted students or schedule a one-on-one video chat with a current student. If you haven’t been to campus yet — or want to return — register for an in-person walking tour.

Did you know?

  • We set you up for success: Your academic journey begins with a one-on-one advising session to discuss your goals and register for courses.
  • We foster connections: We help you find opportunities for internship, volunteer, service-learning, and immersive work-life experiences throughout Maine and beyond.
  • We support your dietary needs: Vegan? Gluten-free? Halal? Kosher? We have diet-specific food stations, dedicated areas for food allergies, and a dietitian on staff.
  • We offer a broad range of scholarships: In addition to your financial aid package, you may be eligible for scholarships based on your area of study or special interests, like studying abroad.
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