Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine


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Recent Reviews

Nathan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is a good school with friendly staff and plenty of opportunities. The only problem I've pers...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is a good school with friendly staff and plenty of opportunities. The only problem I've personally had was the parking problem on Portland campus which, on certain days, can be atrocious. Overall, University of Southern Maine is a good school, though with my limited experience being a full-time student at other colleges my opinion may not hold as much meaning as those who have had that experience.

Hussein
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This is my first year I've heard a lot of great things about the school and I expected it to be all hype but people were not ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is my first year I've heard a lot of great things about the school and I expected it to be all hype but people were not lying at all. When I moved in, I was unfamiliar with a lot of places and where classes were, but everyone there was just so helpful and there's a lot do on campus so I was never bored or just sitting around my dorm. Cost of the college is fairly cheap but overall great school. I would definitely tell others to come join the big family.

Cameron
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I award the University of Southern Maine three stars. There is some potential in which I believe could increase it's ratings,...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I award the University of Southern Maine three stars. There is some potential in which I believe could increase it's ratings, yet it doesn't appear there will be any improvement in the near future. The university, having recently lowered its budget, is currently in a state of economic progression. Housing applications are reaching record numbers and the university struggles to accommodate it's students, due to it's now limited and outdated dorms. The new cafeteria budget cut also makes the overall experience less appealing because it now has lower quality food, ingredients and meals. However, the cost of attendance is reasonable for it's instate tuition, being one of the cheapest and most affordable universities in Maine. Overall, I believe that the courses are up to date and at the appropriate levels of difficulty. Although, the university has started a long-term investment towards improvement, leaving it under budgeted, and undersized for it's demand of students.

Megan
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I'm very glad I chose the University of Southern Maine. It is well known for its School of Music, and after only one year I c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm very glad I chose the University of Southern Maine. It is well known for its School of Music, and after only one year I can see why. Everyone in the School of Music is constantly working to get better, and it's a great environment to be around. The campus Gorham campus is right near a Hanford and Rite Aid, while the Portland campus is just a mile walk away from Merrill Auditorium.

Autumn
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Most of the professors seem to be more concerned with doing the bare minimum, aren't very involved, and do not care about the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most of the professors seem to be more concerned with doing the bare minimum, aren't very involved, and do not care about their students' growth or success.

Drew
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The University of Southern Maine is a place where international cultures blend into a unique and ethnic campus. I have experi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Southern Maine is a place where international cultures blend into a unique and ethnic campus. I have experienced many courses with the university's science professors and I am thoroughly pleased with many of their teaching capabilities. I recently finished a full year of organic chemistry and I can say that it was my favorite class both first and second semester. My professor made it enjoyable and provided numerous opportunities to practice the material. Let's be honest, organic chemistry requires a LOT of practice, at least for me. Yes, the science professors love what they teach and they strive for student's to succeed, but the university definitely has its flaws. Being a untraditional student, I have never lived on campus, but I've heard many horror stories about the university's dorms. First of all, the location of the dorms is extremely questionable. Who wants to live on the campus in the middle of the woods when most classes are held at the campus in the city? Not me. Rumor has it that the university is planning to build dorms on the city campus, but when will that happen? Only time will tell. Many on campus students have spoken poorly about the food as well. If students like cardboard quality bacon and powdered eggs for breakfast, then I would recommend living on campus. Also the university requires that all students living on campus buy a food plan, no thank you USM. Yes the university has its pros and cons, but what about the city of Portland, Maine? This is a food-lover's dream city. All the way from Ethiopian, to Iraqi, Vietnamese, and Italian, there's a restaurant for your taste buds! Ultimately, I am happy I chose to attend USM because I am paying my tuition in cash and will graduate debt free. How often do you hear that nowadays? Yes, I work AND am a full-time biology student, but paying my tuition in whole each semester is great perk of the university, it is very affordable! I would highly recommend USM to any instate high school students looking for a quality education without the debt. Yes, it is possible!

Joshua
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I like USM as it is has a very small-town feel to it. The surrounding town isn't very busy but portland and the Old Port are ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like USM as it is has a very small-town feel to it. The surrounding town isn't very busy but portland and the Old Port are about twenty minutes away so that can be your night life if you need. There are good surrounding places to eat which is good because the cafeteria food isn't very good outside of breakfast.

Ruth
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The professors in the masters of education programs are wonderful. They care about how you are doing, how successful you want...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The professors in the masters of education programs are wonderful. They care about how you are doing, how successful you want to be and what you want to do as a professional and guide to your goals. They do their best to enhance the the students' overall learning experience in the program and will even be there for support after graduation. The professors truly care about the education of their students.

Carl
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You are better off going to another University if you are set on the city of Portland. While Portland is a great city, the U...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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 regardless of how loved they were. 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 by the end of the first year 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 19 or 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, that "advice" 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!

Andrew
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The classes and faculty are designed for accreditation which is important for my Board exams; and getting professional employ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The classes and faculty are designed for accreditation which is important for my Board exams; and getting professional employment. The college is friendly and always hopping with activity. I plan to get my Bachelors and go onto get my Masters which is an exciting possibility for a man of my age (67). I would recommend this University to anyone seeking higher education and a boost in life.

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

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