University of Southern Maine in Portland

Portland, ME

(Rating 1.8 based on 5 reviews)
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Overview

University of Southern Maine offers 471-degree programs and 33 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 2 high safety сampuses. Acceptance Rate is 84%. The most popular test is SAT - 91% of students submitted it in comparison to 8% of students who submitted ACT. 39.5% are women, and 60.5% are men. 1% percents of international students. University of Southern Maine is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at University of Southern Maine is 17048$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $13150 and $23156 per year. 33% of full-time University of Southern Maine students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $37,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The University of Southern Maine is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.

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$17,048
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, University of Southern Maine students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$13,893
$30,001 - $48,000$15,019
$48,001 - $75,000$18,412
$75,001 - $110,000$20,340
$110,001+$20,700

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4900

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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11%

Types of financial aids

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3571 of University of Southern Maine undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 54 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes University of Southern Maine number 6 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Maine.

Students at University of Southern Maine awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
99.38%
$8,371
$30,001 - $48,000
100%
$6,641
$48,001 - $75,000
97.59%
$4,327
$75,001 - $110,000
76.83%
$2,392
$110,001+
53.45%
$1,324

Salary After Attending

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$37,200

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services

6%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in University of Southern Maine.

ROTC

ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate

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33%
BELOW AVERAGE

University of Southern Maine graduation rate is below the national average.

33% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to University of Southern Maine completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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84%

In comparison to National Average

University of Southern Maine acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 67%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 17%.

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84%
ABOVE AVERAGE

In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so University of Southern Maine acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 17%.

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84%
ABOVE AVERAGE

Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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23%

Total

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22%

Full time

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1%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

64%

Part-time retention rate

36%

The University of Southern Maine full-time retention rate is 64% and part-time retention rate is 36%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Southern Maine students submitting SAT scores

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91%

Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1290 - 1640

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 420 - 550
Math: 440 - 550
Writing: 430 - 540

SAT Test Score Range

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ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Southern Maine students submitting ACT scores

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8%

Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 18 - 25
Math: 18 - 25
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range

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SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at University of Southern Maine is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

16:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

81
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1%

Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In University of Southern Maine the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at University of Southern Maine and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Maine.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Gorham Campus

The campus located by 37 College Ave. address in Gorham, Maine.

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Gorham Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of University of Southern Maine with 0.26% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Gorham Campus are forcible sex offense, burglary, and arson.

The percentage of crimes on Portland Campus

The campus located by 96 Falmouth St. address in Portland, Maine.

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Portland Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of University of Southern Maine with 0.05% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Portland Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

University of Southern Maine offers 471 programs in total: 186 are for Bachelor's degree, 120 - for Master's degree, 69 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 48 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 33 - for Post-master's certificate, 9 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Associate's degree.

This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 41 universities in Maine state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , less than 1-year certificate, Postbaccalaureate certificate and Post-master's certificate programs offered. University of Southern Maine is one of the few institutions in Maine that offers an Associate's degree program.

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Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 33 distance learning programs that are offered in the University of Southern Maine: 15 are for Bachelor's degree, 9 - for Master's degree, 6 - for less than 1-year certificate programs and 3 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Maine state average data to help you compare.

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University of Southern Maine provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4988 students with 149643 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1410 with 25385 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 250 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for University of Southern Maine

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Place discriminate anyone with color. I recommend you a different school. They do not care about you or your education. They only care about money.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Absolutely horrible. This place is super expensive for what you are getting. Everything about it is a joke. The dorms are like little opium dens. Your paying the price of a decent apartment for them and you have to put up with a roommate, which is always a joy. Its just hundreds of little things that make it suck. Everything from super dirty toilets and showers to the constant slamming of doors that sound like a gun going off at 2am. Scares the absolute living $H!7 out of us, especially when your trying to fall asleep or concentrate on something. (Maybe consider taking classes here but nevah evah EVAH get a dorm here!!!!) I'm an engineering major and I have to take an art class that will cost me over $2200. What the hell do i need art for!!?? You will also get brainwashed with leftism which wont be a big deal for most, but when i'm paying to learn engineering things and the teacher is babbling about how President Trump is a big bad evil man, it kinda irritates me. Defiantly wont be coming back next year!!! (University Scammed Me).

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I only took a few summer classes here but everything about this school has been a headache. Each time I try to use my transcript, they have a hold on my account for small fees that make absolutely no sense at all. They somehow find a way to waste your time and money even after you think you're done with them for good.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

You are better off going to another University if you are set on the city of Portland. While Portland is a great city, the University is one big disaster that is apparently getting worse with massive layoffs due to "budget shortfalls" even as much of the administration at the top get raises (one financial officer got a 40K raise bringing her salary to 250K)...figure that one out. Which brings me to my next point, if you are coming to this place for an education, think twice, this is run more like a business, it is an embarrassment to higher education. Great faculty members have been laid off left and right in certain majors deemed "unneeded" by the current higher ups.Even if you find a major you want that is not being downsized or terminated, there is still the issue of money. No one from the business office will help you. They are unsympathetic to the average students needs. Because of that, and other reasons I will explain, you will likely graduate here with debt. Even if you try to find ways to make the experience more affordable as it should be, you are likely to meet with denial. For example, and from my personal experience, I lived in Maine for 3 years. I rented there, worked and paid taxes there, got mail there. By all accounts I was a resident of Maine but the University never granted me instate, after several pleas, they still rejected me with no reason given. I went to the financial aid office, the only advice I got was "take out more loans". Great advice to give a 20 year old. No advice or attempts to help me find scholarship I might be eligible for by the financial aid office. I did try to look on my own but there are so many scholarships, especially ones that are under the radar that nonetheless might be suitable to me, that I find it hard to believe that avenue was never explored with me when I visited the office. They just want a quick, easy fix/response to students with legit questions (on how to make UNI more affordable, etc.) - like take out loans. Great, but USM offers little help after graduating with job placement which is not good considering the advice you got for three years, "take out loans". Considering the money you pay, this is not acceptable. But considering the advice I got from fin. aid and apathy I got from the business department I guess I should have seen it coming!This is one bloated bureaucratic mess. Greed at the top with tons of unjustified raises while the talent "below" (great teachers) are axed because of "budget issues". Learn elsewhere!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I find the low scores interesting because you are essentially rating yourself. If you have any reference at all it is because you had an experience at another school that you had an obvious reason to transfer from. This school is ripe to provide a student with exactly what they work toward. The administration is very accommodating and the professors provide the students with the opportunity to think for themselves. The core requirements promote a well rounded student who can think critically and make decisions based on that judgment. I would highly recommend this school for traditional as well as non traditional students. This review is provided by a non-traditional student who went full-time and graduated.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 96 Falmouth St

Place:

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2077804141

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: usm.maine.edu

Financial aid office: Go to the page

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