The University of Southern Maine is a public institution with three regional campuses. USM confers bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and is one of two universities in the state to offer an ABET accredited Computer Science degree program. USM features Student Diversity Centers on two campuses, as well as offers a study abroad program with Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland to research dwindling wildlife population and environmental health. For athletically inclined students, USM fields 22 sports teams including men’s and women’s ice hockey squads.
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The University is a multicultural, multi religious center where education meets eye opening cultural differences.
USM goes bent over backwards to meet the needs of each student, so each one can succeed.
USM is located in the heart of one of Maine's biggest cities, where one can join friends for a movie or fellow students for a study session in the near by park or ocean beach.
Melinda from Portland, ME
The university of Southern Maine is a good state university for people who know what they want to major in. They offer a large variety of majors and classes but the advisors don't always help you the way they should. Overall it is a fun school for all ages.
Phoebe from Raymond, ME
Great friends, great professors and gread administration.
Rinette from Belfast, Maine
usm is a great school that is often taken for granted. there are tons of opportunities available once you become involved in the community. usm is also known to have some of the best programs around, in certain majors.
USM is a state school so it's not crazy fancy, but it's good enough for me! It's a cheap state school and the campuses are beautiful. I love the atmosphere.
Meghan from Wells, ME
i love it here! the hills on the gorham campus are tough on your legs but it's worth it. the community is very accepting of everyone!
Jessica from Manchester, NH
I am very pleased to be a student here. My adjustment process went smooth and now belong to the wrestling team. This is a small campus with a lot of potential if your willing to apply yourself. I have met a lot of new friends and the staff is very helpful. I made the right choice to attend here, as I was offered acceptance in other schools.
This a fantastic school, especially for the price. Programs are divided into three campuses: Gorham, Portland, and Lewiston. The Portland and Gorham campuses are the most established, but the Lewiston campus has a small-community feel that makes it the favorite of many.