University of Southern Maine

607 reviews
  1. Portland, ME
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
University of Southern Maine is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Little East Conference
Address
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Range
880-1110
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended

Cost

Net Price
$16,484/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,893/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,019/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,412/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,340/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,700/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.45 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,985Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Movtivated
    30%
  • Average
    26%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Non-traditional
    17%
  • Tired
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
45%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.44 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Helpful
    31%
  • Small
    31%
  • Dedicated
    19%
  • Great!
    15%
  • Uncaring
    4%

After University of Southern Maine

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses

Reviews

607 reviews
  • Excellent
    65
  • Very Good
    203
  • Average
    267
  • Poor
    39
  • Terrible
    33
My biggest issue with this campus is the professors and classes. For my degree (Information Technology) the professors are usually jerks and have a "don't care" attitude. Sure they may say they are concerned for your grade but then they go ahead and throw a bunch of homework at you and take in no consideration your life outside of school (like work). If you fall behind usually they will say "that's too bad. Looks like you are going to fail then" (I've been told this by three of my "supportive" professors this semester). Some of the classes I have should be only for the computer science degree and not for the degree I am pursuing even. Plus, I've even had a professor accuse me of plagiarism even though I did not plagiarize and in fact was getting help from a student since I didn't fully understand the subject (coding) and needed help to better understand it, and do the assignment that was tasked that week. I explained this to him and he would not see it from my perspective and failed me for the course and then proceeded to bring it to USM and now I have a first offense for it. He did this the last week of the semester too. Overall, I really dislike the professors in the technology department here and really hate this school!
  • College Junior
  • 9 months ago
I lived in Robie Andrews Dorm for two semesters. Overall, the social atmosphere with students here and RAs were good. They had some great activities to do during the semester and overall was good in that respect.

However, the downside of this building is that it was old, the internet wasn't that great there, they put me in a quad (that had no doors separating the two rooms linked. Mostly roommates had to pass through my room to get to their room), and the price was too high for what I got back!
  • College Junior
  • 9 months ago
This school has its ups and downs as most do. Some professors are very uncaring and expect much more out of students than they may be able to give. However, we do have many great professors who do care for the students and take time to help them whenever necessary. There have been classes I have loved because of my professor and classes that I have hated because of my professor. I think the USM campus has a nice, safe feel and I like that it's a smaller school. We have fun events regularly and it's very easy to get involved on campus, which I enjoy doing. The food is usually pretty awful though and there aren't many options for what to eat. That's probably my least favorite thing about the school.
  • College Sophomore
  • 3 months ago