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U.S. News Highlights USM’s Social Mobility, Nursing Program in New Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has again highlighted the University of Southern Maine among the top public universities in the Northeast.

The college rankings were released Monday. USM’s recognition — for social mobility and its strong Nursing program – continue to mark USM’s rising stature in Maine and throughout the country.

"This recognition from US News and World Report gives national validation for our unwavering commitment not only to access but success for all students,” said USM President Glenn Cummings. “We are lowering their debt, linking students to quality jobs, and ensuring their academic completion."

USM placed 80th among regional universities in the northern US for social mobility, the second year in a row it earned this spot. 

USM placed 148th nationwide for best undergraduate Nursing program.

The magazine bases its prestigious rankings on a variety of data, including academic reputation, faculty resources, retention and graduation rates, student selectivity, and graduate indebtedness. 

“As the largest school of nursing in the State of Maine, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our students and our graduates. We celebrate the significant contributions that our USM nurses make,” said Brenda Petersen, Associate Dean of Nursing. “Supported by our esteemed nursing faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized, our students are prepared to improve healthcare outcomes through their provision of compassionate, culturally sensitive, safe and high quality care to patients and communities.”

This is the second year in a row U. S. News and World Report has recognized the University for its social mobility — defined by how many students with Pell Grants graduate. The federal Pell Grant program is earmarked for students with financial need. 

About half of USM’s roughly 8,000 students are the first in their families to seek higher education, making the university an engine of social mobility for Maine and the region.

A big part of USM’s social mobility success also comes from USM’s commitment to real-world learning. Every undergraduate program has internships, many of which are cultivated by the Career & Employment Hub. The Hub supports students through career exploration, self-assessments, resume and cover letter development, internship search, interviewing skills, and more.