Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine


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Recent Reviews

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What is your overall opinion of this school?

This review will be about how the administration handles the different situations. I had to redo an assignment for one of my ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This review will be about how the administration handles the different situations. I had to redo an assignment for one of my classes a while back, which I did and got a perfect score. This information was not communicated between the administration staff and I received an email telling me that I was being dismissed from my program. The staff removed me from my classes before telling me and have been very slow in returning my emails. While waiting for responses I tried to re-enroll myself in the courses that I was taken out of and found that one of them closed from the time I was taken out. I'm am 100% not impressed with how this situation was handled. It's basically setting the student up for failure when you tell them this information 1 week before the semester starts and expect them to figure out what to do next. Then, the fact that I was removed from my classes before I was even informed of anything is not acceptable. There are only two things keeping me from transferring: 1.) The tuition is in the range of what I can afford and 2.) some of the classes I've already completed wouldn't transfer over to the same program at another college.

Joshua
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think USM is a great choice for in-state commuter students. For those looking for a more "traditional" college experience, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think USM is a great choice for in-state commuter students. For those looking for a more "traditional" college experience, there are better schools in the southern/central Maine area to attend. The administration does a decent job of interacting and creating a lively and engaging community on campus. I found USM to be worth the in-state tuition based on the quality of my professors alone. I always felt that I was learning and appreciated the time my professors took to make sure that I understood the material.

Katie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I've been to four colleges in my life, and I have never seen a place as horrible as USM. The establishment doesn't care at a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I've been to four colleges in my life, and I have never seen a place as horrible as USM. The establishment doesn't care at all about its students (nor do most of the teachers)–they only about getting every penny they can from you. They claim that they are the cheapest four-year school in Maine, which is true (very slightly) in their tuition cost. However, when you add in all the ways they nickle and dime you—from putting a meter on the parking spots reserved for dropping things off at your dorm to charging you bus fees (whether you live on campus and use the bus or not) for a shuttle that connects a poorly set up, dual campus—it is actually more expensive, and not worth the toll its frustrations will take on your health. They are constantly cutting programs (mainly in the arts and humanities) and replacing core course requirements with electives, telling students they will still be just as qualified, even though they aren't learning anything in that field. On top of this, they use fear tactics on recent high school grads who don't know any better to convince them that they can't afford to go anywhere else, so they won't complain/notice that the quality of education sucks. The music department in particular is horrible. Most of the teachers are just bitter performers who regret not making it and were forced to resort to teaching, and it shows. They take their resentment out on their students and since they don't actually know how to teach, they pick favorites to build up while tearing the rest down, so it makes it seem like some students are progressing. They then spend most of the class time trying to scare you out of pursing music and telling you that you'll never make it, instead of offering advice on how best to try. I transferred from Umaine to USM to major in musical theater because they ranted and raved about the program. (Umaine, despite having a state of the art theater and dance facilities and all of the dance, theater, and music courses, doesn't allow you to major in musical theater.) When I got to USM, I found out they had cut half of the acting classes and didn't even offer tap, jazz, or ballet. In lieu of these, they force you to take two intro-level, general dance classes, which are shared by non-majors who have never danced before, in order to “fulfill” your degree requirement. The teachers even tell you its not enough to qualify you for the real world, but apparently they can still give you a degree despite the fact that you didn't take any real courses in 1/3 of the subject matter that makes up that degree. It's unacceptable. Honestly, they should just cut the program altogether so that the students of Maine would be eligible to go out of state at in-state tuition costs and get a REAL degree, with the correct preparation and coursework. If you're going to make someone pay for a degree and not give them a real one, you shouldn't be able to give it at all. Needless to say, I am transferring this fall. On the contrary, I want to give credit to the few teachers and programs at USM that are stellar despite terrible circumstance, because there are some (like the sign language department, international office and community radio station) who really deserve praise; but these are very few and far between.

Ayden
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is quite a great community of students. Everything on campus is relatively close, the profes...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is quite a great community of students. Everything on campus is relatively close, the professors are accommodating when it comes to academic questions, and the school offers plenty of events and activities outside of class. Because some classes take place on one of the other campuses in Maine, the University provides student transportation that is on-time with the route schedule minus some few traffic jams in Portland. Above all, I enjoy interacting with all the faculty and students both in class and during campus events and extracurricular activities. In addition to everything happening on campus, the student housing is more than accommodating for the students and the on-campus security ensure that all students are safe while on campus. I would give USM a 5 out of a 5-star review, and I can't wait to continue my education here.

Michael
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is a pretty nice school: small, local, and a great start for anyone looking to transfer, old...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is a pretty nice school: small, local, and a great start for anyone looking to transfer, older students who wish to get back into the swing of things, and overall great for people to go to if they want to do a work-study program.

Dawson
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine has a very good campus. I have been there numerous times in the summer for baseball camps. I...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine has a very good campus. I have been there numerous times in the summer for baseball camps. I like how the campus is situated. The food there is awesome and they always have markers out to let you know what is the healthiest option. The dorms are spacious and comfortable. They have apartment style dorms for the upper class men. The lower class men get the older style dorms where you share bathrooms. What I like is all of the dorm rooms have there own microwave and fridge unit so you can store some food for yourself when the cafeteria is closed. They have their own fitness center so that if you want to burn off some steam and get some exercise you can. I will be attending USM in the fall of 2018 as an undergraduate enrolled in athletic training.

Rachel
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a wonderful school that still has a lot of potential for growth in some areas while exceeding in others. I highly recom...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a wonderful school that still has a lot of potential for growth in some areas while exceeding in others. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a school that cares about the arts! The staff and faculty are friendly, the only problems occur when you really get involved with them and have to butt heads in order to keep things straight, but this is a more personal occurrence as of right now.

Katia
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I highly enjoy the University of Southern Maine, overall it is a great school. There are wonderful opportunities​ in and outs...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I highly enjoy the University of Southern Maine, overall it is a great school. There are wonderful opportunities​ in and outside of class. There is a great community feel to the whole school and one is able to see that the people there want to be there.

Rachel
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here! this school has everything i'm looking for! the classes are just the right size, the academics are challengin...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here! this school has everything i'm looking for! the classes are just the right size, the academics are challenging and interesting, the other students here are some of the nicest people i've ever met! I would advise everyone to go here if i could!

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have enjoyed attending the University of Southern Maine so far. I have grown up in Maine and the campus is only 45 minutes ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have enjoyed attending the University of Southern Maine so far. I have grown up in Maine and the campus is only 45 minutes from my parents house which means I can go home regularly. I love being an art student and I haven't met an art professor who I don't like. The arts community is wonderful and I love being around people who have similar interests as me. I lived in Robie Andrews for 2 years and loved it Living on campus was so fun and being around my friends everyday was so worth it. I feel as though every bit of my college experience so far as USM has been worth it.

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  • 6,189
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $7,796
  • Acceptance rate
  • 80%

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