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Colleges / University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME 4-Year Public

About University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Portland, ME

Founded in 1878, the institution currently enrolls around 8,022 students a year, including 6,098 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

2021 Admissions Facts About University of Southern Maine

Acceptance rate: 88%

Average GPA: 3.28

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What is University of Southern Maine's acceptance rate?

University of Southern Maine is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. The acceptance rate at University of Southern Maine is 88 percent.

The average high school GPA for a student at University of Southern Maine is 3.28 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is University of Southern Maine a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 70 percent of students who start at University of Southern Maine come back the next year. Out of the 701 students who started at University of Southern Maine as first-time freshman, 142 graduate within four years.

University of Southern Maine's six-year graduation for undergrads is 36 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,234.56 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Southern Maine sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is University of Southern Maine a good school for YOU?

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College Info

96 Falmouth Street Portland, ME 04103

Campus Setting: Urban

University of Southern Maine Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Southern Maine is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Southern Maine is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Southern Maine ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


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20 and Less


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University of Southern Maine SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1150


Math SAT Range

470 - 570


Reading SAT Range

480 - 590

University of Southern Maine Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Southern Maine is like? There are approximately 8,429 students enrolled at University of Southern Maine, including 6,675 undergraduate students and 1,754 graduate students. 61% percent of students attend school full-time, 85% percent are from ME and 15% percent of students are from other states.


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