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  • There’s no such thing as out-of-date credits*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
  • We offer 160+ online courses each term
  • Our online and on-campus programs meet the same rigorous 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 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 you advance in or change your career. 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

Navigating the transfer process can be intimidating. We'll review your eligible credits, explain how they apply to your degree program, and help you find the best path forward.

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Earn credit for life experience

Your practical knowledge and skills learned from work experience, through community engagement, or in the military could count as credit toward your 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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