Location
Portland, ME
Undergrads
4,551
Tuition (in-state)
$18,488 ($7,776)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 381 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The view is nice in the summer time. Live is expensive and the parking is minimun. The night life however in terms of the 21 years and older age group, there is 20 or so bars 5 miles from campus!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are little amount of spaces considering the amount of students!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The Professors I have had seemed nice and are energetic in the classroom. They try to get students involved, and mention out of class events and learning experiances.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: We have had a harsh winter making parking a hastle. It is sometimes windy and cold in the winter being near the coast. In the spring summer and fall it, However beautiful Maine weather

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are some diversity! People are generally nice and nonjudgemental. No specific groups from what I have seen

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not been in one, but there are very few and they are not very apealing on the outside. There was an incident of a drunk student who brang a loaded weapon in one of theses house and threatened the roomates to kill them all. I stay away from that area.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a wide variety of majors offered! I am returning to USM after a year and a half of working and I am picking up as a biology major, but when available I will be switching my major to chemistry.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: My career goals are to finnish college and possible go on to a post secondary school. I want to persue a career in chemistry and maintain a successful life. I am faceing a hardship with paying for classes however.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Once again, Im a comuter and spend most of my time in class and then I head home. I dont really see much of the campus life.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is great. Its is fase and easy, but the problem im having is waiting for income taxes and perosonal problems at home.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Over all its okay, There are computer labs, and the libraries have access to computers and Wifi networks. There is a pretty good 4G net work, which is what I normaly use. I don't brink my laptop to class or school in general. I live at home and comute to class. So I never really had a need to use these resources.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. It was my most affordable option, but the quality truly surprised me. You get a bang for your buck when you go here.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have tons of intramural options, and the hockey games are some of the biggest events of the year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't really strict - they're more so in the beginning of the year, though.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no experience with Greek life. We only have a few sororities and fraternities, and there's only one frat house.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had to call the campus police or go to the health office. I feel safe on my campus, but walking alone at night makes me pretty scared, regardless of where I am.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Portland, ME has been rated numerous times as America's "foodiest" city, with the most number of restaurants per capita. We also attract many of the world's greatest chefs and the cuisine is diverse and authentic.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you don't qualify for government aid, good luck getting anything from the school. I'm from a modest middle-class family - too poor to be rich, but too rich to be poor. My only saving feature were my grades, I got a $2500 merit scholarship. However, I was #5 in my class and had a 3.9 GPA, so I don't know why I didn't qualify for the higher merit scholarship.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most everyone here is very accepting and welcoming.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle is free all year to students who have already paid the one-time transportation fee. It runs about every 45 minutes and usually parallels class times.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The kids are generally pretty friendly. I haven't witnessed any harassing or hazing, and it's pretty easy to make friends.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gorham is a cute little town. It's safe, there are residential and commercial areas, and the middle and high schools are tucked away right off the main street. There isn't much going on in the town besides campus events, but luckily it isn't far from Portland/South Portland.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I personally haven't gotten ticketed, but my friends who have have said they're very quick to ticket you and contesting a ticket usually isn't worth the time. It's difficult bringing a car to campus and living in Upton-Hastings because there are literally only 30 spots maximum. I've sat in the visitor parking lot waiting for a regular spot to open up for 45 minutes before, because I can't stand parking all the way down Robie hill.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm only a freshman so I haven't gotten too far into my major courses. But from what I can tell, the faculty is very devoted and will help in any ways they can - they just want to see the students succeed.

College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into any major offered is not a difficult process, you just apply, but some major require way more credits than others. I am a Criminology major, 36 credits required I believe, where as my second major is Psychology which requires 46 credits. I would say the worst part of it all is the minor or clusters requirements.

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