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USM ranks among most affordable online schools in the nation

A just-released report on affordable online schools has named the University of Southern Maine as its Number 33 school in the nation. The organization — Online Schools Report — compiles practical information for college seekers and publishes its ranking of the top 50 affordable online schools.

USM criminology degree ranked #4 in nation by GradReports

The University of Southern Maine’s bachelor’s degree in criminology has been honored as one of the nation’s best, earning a #4 ranking in GradReports.

USM ranks in top 100 nationwide for Adult Learners

University of Southern Maine excels in support for adult learners, ranking in the top 100 schools nationally as noted by Washington Monthly. The only Maine school to make the top 100, USM joins only 8 other Northern New England schools. Adult student and Marine veteran Mary Swanson shares her experience at USM.
portrait of Safiya Khalid '18

Safiya Khalid '18 draws worldwide media by defeating Internet trolls and winning her election

A worldwide audience is listening to University of Southern Maine alumna Safiya Khalid’s story of perseverance. On Nov. 5, the 2018 USM graduate earned election as the first Somali-American to serve on the city council of Lewiston, Maine. More astonishingly, she earned the seat despite a barrage of racist Internet attacks from around the country.
Kyle Connolly ’12

Alumnus Kyle Connolly ’12 earns rare U.S. Navy distinction

USM alumnus Kyle Connolly ’12 has become one of the first lieutenants in the U.S. Navy to take control of a warship since World War II.
Former U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice

Former Ambassador Susan Rice talks race, family, diplomacy at USM

Former U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice spoke at USM on Friday in a conversation about race, family, leadership and diplomacy.
Heather Whitaker '05G, courtesy Maine Department of Education

Maine's Teacher of the Year, a USM alumna, is proud to be a 'Maine-ah'

USM alumna Heather Whitaker '05G, an alternative education teacher at Gorham Middle School, has been named Maine’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Cutler Institute awarded $116k Susan Harwood Training Grant from OSHA

USM is among 79 organizations nationwide to receive the one-year grant and is the research team’s sixth consecutive award from OSHA.
Rebecca Gibbons

USM professor lectures about nuclear weapons in Hiroshima

Rebecca Gibbons, an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Maine, lectured about the non-proliferation movement to the Hiroshima ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security.
David Lovejoy

USM alumnus wins second Emmy Award for Alaskan photography

University of Southern Maine (USM) alumnus David Lovejoy ’10 has for the second year in a row won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for his work on the BBC Studios show “Life Below Zero.”