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University of Southern Maine Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to University of Southern Maine, Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Applying Early to University of Southern Maine?

University of Southern Maine does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! University of Southern Maine will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine is amoderately difficult school to get into. University of Southern Maine evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, University of Southern Maine **accepted 88% of students, around 4,198 of the 4,774 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Southern Maine, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to nursing, computer science, engineering, sports medicine, business programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does University of Southern Maine Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Southern Maine

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Southern Maine 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of Southern Maine must submit the following items. Double check with University of Southern Maine's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition for music majors
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Southern Maine?

Students admitted to University of Southern Maine have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 55.32% submitted a class rank. At University of Southern Maine 12.75% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38.26% were in the top 25% and 73.38% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Southern Maine, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 55.32%
3.75 and 3.99 8.15%
3.50 and 3.74 17.42%
3.25 and 3.49 17.42%
3.00 and 3.24 21.8%
2.50 and 2.9 12.91%
2.00 and 2.49 9.4%
University of Southern Maine doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

University of Southern Maine does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to University of Southern Maine

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Southern Maine.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by January 1.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Southern Maine during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

University of Southern Maine Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Southern Maine?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Southern Maine.

Does University of Southern Maine accept transfer credits?

University of Southern Maine accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does University of Southern Maine accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

University of Southern Maine accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Southern Maine?

University of Southern Maine. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

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University of Southern Maine Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Southern Maine? University of Southern Maine is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Southern Maine acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.



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University of Southern Maine Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

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

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

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University of Southern Maine GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Southern Maine, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.28. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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