Transfer Students

The University of Southern Maine (USM) offers a wide range of on-campus and online programs with many opportunities for community engagement. We're committed to keeping a quality college education affordable and flexible for our students.

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a closer look at our three campuses through our interactive, virtual tour. You decide where to go, what to see, and how long to stay!


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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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Transferring Credit from Our Partner Institutions

We’re proud of our partnerships with the Maine Community College System, the University of Maine System, and other New England-based schools. Together, we’ve streamlined the process for students to transfer their credits to USM. We’ve also done the work of deciphering how your prior coursework matches our own courses, and have mapped a way through the classes that remain for you to achieve your bachelor’s degree.

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Three Vibrant Campuses

Our university is a welcoming community of nearly 8,500 students — representing 48 states and 25 countries — spread among three dynamic campuses. Our lively, urban campus in Portland — Maine’s largest city and the region’s economic and cultural capital — is connected via the METRO Husky Line to our expansive, residential campus in Gorham, where students can choose a Living Learning Community that fits their lifestyle. Our close-knit Lewiston campus in Central Maine offers a small college atmosphere with lots of service-learning opportunities in the surrounding communities.

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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.

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 will work with you — and challenge you — to reach your potential.

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Living and Learning on Campus

Housing is available for transfer students on our beautiful Gorham campus. Choose from six residence halls and an array of Living Learning Communities, where you will be surrounded by peers with similar interests and have special access to professors and staff, exclusive programming and services, and invitations to targeted social events. You'll be at the center of the action — whether it's Husky athletics, music and theatre performances, student activities and community service events, or campuswide entertainment, there's always something fun and exciting happening.

Internship and career-building opportunities

Internship and Career-Building Opportunities

Gain valuable experience through USM's strong community partnerships. You'll have opportunities for hands-on learning, working with global businesses, local governments, Triple-A sports teams, top teaching hospitals, theatre and music venues, community service agencies, and more. Connecting to the community through internships is a vital part of the USM experience.

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Transfer Talks

We’re here to help you navigate! Join an admissions counselor for a 30-minute online appointment. We can cover the basics of the application and transfer process — like transferring course credit — or fast-track to an instant admission decision.

USM by the Numbers

19 average class size
13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
295 full-time faculty
$2m in merit scholarships for transfer students

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