TRIO College Programs

Services & Programs

TRIO Scholars and STEM Scholars

The TRIO Scholars and STEM Scholars Programs respectively serve 140 and 120 students at the University of Southern Maine (USM).  TRIO students partner with our Advisors to make their college education a priority. Through advising, mentoring, and programming, we work to empower students with skills and resources to break down barriers that exist for first-generation students, income-eligible students, and students with disabilities.


First Generation Living-Learning Residential Community

TRIO College Programs has partnered with the Promise Scholarship Program and Residential Life to offer Scholars the exciting opportunity to be a part of the First Generation Student Experience Living Learning Community (LLC). TRIO Scholars, TRIO STEM Scholars, and Promise will live on the same floor in this close-knit community in Upton-Hastings Hall on the Gorham campus. This new LLC offers students, who are typically the first in their family to attend college, to live as part of a community to navigate campus with the support of their peers. Additionally, first-year TRIO Scholars and TRIO STEM who select this LLC will enroll in a connected COR 101 lab (1 credit) led by TRIO and Promise staff, as well as TRIO Peers.


TRIO Core 101

TRIO College Programs offers sections of the 1-credit COR 101: Co-Curricular Learning Lab. In TRIO sections of this course, students are paired with a peer mentor.  Together, each student and mentor will work on assessing strengths and needs, developing and tracking goals, and developing resources for future use.  This course is highly individualized and supports parts of the college experience that go beyond academics.


TRIO Study Group

Ambassadors offer a study group for TRIO students to discuss material and complete homework together. These sessions are available during the Fall and Spring semesters. This is a great opportunity for you and your TRIO classmates to study together, discuss the material, and work on homework or papers. Pop in when you want to study with others, pop out when you're done.