Starting Degree

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is the right place to start your degree — at any stage of life. Our community spans a wide range of ages and experiences, bringing diverse perspectives into the classroom. Whether you're a recent high school graduate or an experienced professional looking to continue your education, the Admissions team can help you choose the right path to achieve your goals.


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Visits & Online Experiences

While our in-person visits and campus tours are limited, there are still many dynamic opportunities for you to learn about our thriving academic community from home. Attend an informational webinar about our university or a specific academic program, schedule a one-on-one video chat with a current student or an admissions counselor, and more. We’re excited to connect with you!

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Get Credit for Your Experience

Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you've acquired on the job, during military service, or through community engagement. Our Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) has developed systematic ways to assess your learning competencies in a supportive atmosphere, supplying the academic bridge that effectively and efficiently connects practical and theoretical knowledge.

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Flexible Online Programs

We understand the need to balance your academic goals with a busy schedule and personal commitments. Taught by USM faculty, our online programs meet the same rigorous standards as our traditional, on-campus degree programs, and include comprehensive student support services and academic advising.

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Convenient Online Courses

Get the flexibility you need to take classes from anywhere, on your own schedule. We offer over 650 online courses throughout the year. Whether you’re starting a degree or certificate program, or enhancing your professional skill set, an online course is a practical way to advance your standing.

Meet Our Accomplished Faculty

Connect with dedicated professors who are highly accomplished in their fields and actively engaged in our communities. Our faculty provide students with valuable learning opportunities, including internships, research, and service learning projects throughout the southern Maine region. As teachers, mentors, and advisors, they are committed to supporting your academic goals.

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Support for Veterans and Their Families

As a military-friendly campus, we are proud to support veterans, service members, and their families. Veterans Services can help you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits (the GI Bill) process. Our Veterans Upward Bound program offers eligible veterans individualized assistance to make a successful transition from the military to the classroom.

USM by the Numbers

40%+ of the USM community are ages 25+
200+ online courses
14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
265 full-time faculty

Contact Us

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