Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine


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rachel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice would be to make sure you visit each school you apply to, don't just apply to them because their brochure looks pre...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice would be to make sure you visit each school you apply to, don't just apply to them because their brochure looks pretty. A school may look pretty but it may be the completely wrong school for who you are. Finding the right college is like finding the right pair of shoes, you may have to try a few on before you can find the one that fits you best. Make sure that the school has programs that you know you will get involved in; clubs, sports, etc. It's important to be involved in the school you choose, its where you'll make friends that could last you forever and get started in the right direction for a career.

What's unique about your campus?

My program is very well developed, I like the facilities we have a lot.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The fact that its in two different towns. Its hard to have to take a bus or drive to get to a science or math class.

Kelly
Describe the students at your school.

Typical kids from maine who want to have a good time while at the same time recieving a good education.

Describe the students at your school.

Typical kids from maine who want to have a good time while at the same time recieving a good education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To find the right school you have to visit the campus and get a feel for the type of people that go there and the surrounding area. Make sure the college is within your price range. If you have that feeling after visiting that that is the school for you then go with your gut instinct.

Nora
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

University of Southern Maine is a very diverse, open minded school that allows students to interact with one another by learn...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

University of Southern Maine is a very diverse, open minded school that allows students to interact with one another by learning about each other's cultures and expressing their views on various subjects that tend to be very often brought up, and also gives students the opportunity to take the classes they need and want based on their schedule which makes it very convenient for them. USM provides fun, interesting classes that determine students to stick to them and motivates them to keep going until the end.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is not about choosing the college that is most popular and has the best reputation. It is about being able to get what you need from it while being successful at the same time in order to further your carrear. You can get the same degree going to a $40,000 school as you do going to a $10,000 school. You have to make it so it works around your circumstances because it does matter a lot how much money you put into going to college versus how much you actually get when you finish it. Most students in college don't have the money to afford expensive colleges and housing, and a lot of them don't qualify for financial aid either so it is smart to choose the best college that satisfies your requirements for your degree and also doesn't require much money. Also gettin involved in as many activities as possible and interractive with new people every day helps in learning more about what you can do to improve your studies and learning and just makes life easier when you're going to school.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The environment is very clean and friendly and it is very easy to interract with people and make new friends. The campus buildings are not easy to get lost in, which makes it very easy for new students to attend their classes, and for everybody else in general. The way it is set up is very beautifully done, and allows a lot of space for people to meet up for class work, and even regular conversations. The fraternity, off campus houses give a chance for students to relax and have fun after school.

Christine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that i would give to students and their parents looking for colleges: 1: look for as many types of financial aid as po...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that i would give to students and their parents looking for colleges: 1: look for as many types of financial aid as possible, but if you dont need financial aid, dont take it save it for people who really do need it. 2: choose the college that is best for you, not for its name, its standing amoung other colleges, etc. Choose it because you want to go there. 3: Remember your schoolwork, grades, and future are the reason you are going to school, not what happens on campus, or who you hang out with. Students and Parents need to remember it is about the students future, what they want to do and where they want to be 4+ years from now.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the wide variety of classes offered, and the variety of classes required for a students core curriculum, makes the student more well rounded.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

the worst thing about USM, would be the number of students who dont really care. The ones who have no problem paying for school and all of the expenses that come along with it. They act like they dont care and forget that it is a struggle for some people. I also dont like how in some classes you need books or this fee or that fee, and the school, teacher, classes forget that not everyone can pay 20 here 50 there... they forget we are not all upper class people.

Ashley
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

USM is mostly a commuter school focusing on the liberal arts and sciences that combines Maine's hometown feel with liberal ur...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

USM is mostly a commuter school focusing on the liberal arts and sciences that combines Maine's hometown feel with liberal urban life.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to Community College for 2 years. You have an addition 2 years to further hone in on what you want to do with your life, and you save a boatload doing so--as in 2 years for the cost of one semester at a big university.

What's unique about your campus?

Professors who teach at USM choose to do so because they support the public university system. You cannot get a better education for the price.

Julie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Southern Maine possesses a charming atmosphere and knowledgeable professors, who each emit a true and radia...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Southern Maine possesses a charming atmosphere and knowledgeable professors, who each emit a true and radiant passion for teaching.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is unique because of it's nursing program: it is organized in such a way that students receive a lot of exposure to different clinical settings. Having a diverse clinical setting arrangement allows students to increase their level of experience and exposure to the different nursing environments and venues out there! Small classes and friendly professors, who each possess a contagious passion for the subjects they teach, truly enrich the learning experience at the University of Southern Maine!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Passion and determination is vital to the success that can be obtained through the college experience. Involving yourself with positive campus events and actively engaging with people who are different from yourself will inevitably open your mind to the possibilities the world has to offer. College is not simply about academic achievement, though that is an extremely important aspect of it. It is important to remember that a 4.0 GPA is not the answer to life's worries and woes, so do not let your self-esteem suffer, if you do not achieve a 110% on your first Biology exam. Set goals for yourself that are not only academic, but also mind-opening: try something new everyday, interact with someone who has interests and hobbies that are unfamiliar to you. You will be very surprised at the great sense of self-validation you feel when you realize that you are someone who not only possesses the will to succeed through rigorous college coursework, but also the will to embrace the unfamiliar and indulge yourself in learning experiences that go beyond the pages of a textbook. Enrich your mind, but also leave it open. Never settle for less in life.

Katie
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There is so sense of community at this school. Mostly everyone comutes. The school is split up between 2 campuses, on campus housing is in Gorham but most classes are in Portland, so you have to either drive there everyday or take a 45 min bus ride.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

All advisors and directors are out to get you in trouble.

Danielle
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

USM is split up over several different campuses. You can take a class in any campus, including Gorham, Saco, and Portland. Th...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

USM is split up over several different campuses. You can take a class in any campus, including Gorham, Saco, and Portland. This helps keep the variety of classes up.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The real trick is balancing social life with work ethic. If you have a good enough percentage of both, then you will enjoy yourself.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The meal plans frustrate me a lot because although they're personable, they're not always flexible enough. There are a lot of caf?s and bistros but the main cafeteria has limited hours of operation. Also, there is a lot of emphasis on USMs downfalls and not enough on their accomplishments. After recently getting a new president, I hope this will change.

Andrew
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The University of Southern Maine has one of the best business schools out of any public university in the country. I am persu...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The University of Southern Maine has one of the best business schools out of any public university in the country. I am persuing my degree in business, and feel that this is the perfect place to complete my schooling. The University also offeres a degree in business, with a consentration in sports management, which I did not find very common in my initial college search. So far I have been very happy with my experience, and am planning on completeing my degree at the University of Southern Maine.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can give to students going through the college selection process is, don't make this a life or death decision. An education is an education any way you cut it. Theres no reason to get all worked up and stressed out because you didn't get into a school that costs $50,000/yr. The way I see it, its better to pay an in-state tuition and graduate with less debt, then you can still walk away with a degree of some sort. When you finally get into a school, get involved. Every college or university that you will ever come across has a wide array of groups and activities, and theres something for everyone. You will regret it if all you do is lock yourself in your dorm room and fail to participate or socialize. It is important to do well in your classes, but dont get so comsumed by academics that you miss out on what the college atmosphere is all about.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Theres not a whole lot to say about the university in a negative light, but the opinions do exist. Most students, myself included, find it a hassle to travel between the two campuses which are about twenty minutes away from each other. The tuition has also just gone up to cover a budget shortfall, and I do not qualify for financial aid even though I am one of five kids, four of whome are in college.

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