Our community of diverse perspectives spans a wide range of ages and experiences, which makes the University of Southern Maine (USM) the right place to earn your undergraduate degree or certificate — at any stage of life.

Did you know?

  • There is no age requirement to qualify for financial aid
  • There’s no such thing as out-of-date credits*
  • You may have skills we can turn into credits to save you time and money on your degree
  • Choose from 160+ online courses each term
  • We offer 8 degree programs online
  • Our online and on-campus programs meet the same rigorous academic standards

*Your credits may be eligible for transfer credit if you completed courses at a regionally accredited college, university, or postsecondary institution.

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Explore our majors and certificate programs

Choose from 50+ majors and 20+ certificate programs in a variety of fields. We offer full-time, part-time, day, and limited evening options as well as online courses so you can build a schedule that fits your life.

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Career services that make a difference

Our Career & Employment Hub can help earn a promotion or switch careers. Get assistance creating an effective resume, researching job opportunities, and refining your interviewing skills.

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Convenient online courses

Get the flexibility you need to take classes from anywhere, on your own schedule. Whether you’re completing a degree or certificate program, or enhancing your professional skill set, an online course is a practical way to advance your standing.

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Transfer your credits

We can break down the transfer process by explaining how your eligible credits apply to your degree program and helping you find the best path forward.

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Earn credit for life experience

Your practical knowledge and skills earned from work experience, community engagement, or in the military could count as credit toward degree requirements.

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Understand your payment options

Our Student Financial Services team can help you create a financing plan that lets you focus on your education — not the cost. Try our net price calculator to get an estimate of your financial aid options.

Reserve your place today and discover a warm and welcoming community that’s ready to help you realize your career dreams.
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