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IPEDS ID: 161554
OPE ID: 00205400
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University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth St, Portland, Maine 04103
General information:  (207) 780-4141
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  8,428 (6,628 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty302345
Research and public service100
Total graduate assistants-69
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,346$1,346$1,346$1,3460.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,908$9,786$9,788$10,0062.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,908$9,786$9,788$10,0062.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$24,372$22,916$22,938$23,1561.0%
Off Campus$24,372$22,916$22,938$23,1561.0%
Off Campus with Family$13,464$13,130$13,150$13,1500.0%
On Campus$35,908$33,628$33,650$33,8680.6%
Off Campus$35,908$33,628$33,650$33,8680.6%
Off Campus with Family$25,000$23,842$23,862$23,8620.0%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$6,840
In-state fees$830
Out-of-state tuition$18,468
Out-of-state fees$830
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid170595%————
Grant or scholarship aid60181%$3,812,529$6,344
Federal grants34246%$1,659,670$4,853
Pell grants34146%$1,390,728$4,078
Other federal grants28939%$268,942$931
State/local government grant or scholarships26636%$274,355$1,031
Institutional grants or scholarships46563%$1,878,504$4,040
Student loan aid52871%$3,747,993$7,098
Federal student loans52471%$3,039,785$5,801
Other student loans7710%$708,208$9,198
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,78453%$21,522,732$5,688
Pell grants2,54536%$9,202,868$3,616
Federal student loans3,94956%$27,362,956$6,929
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$18,296$16,635$16,484
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$16,022$14,414$13,893
$30,001 – $48,000$18,128$15,258$15,019
$48,001 – $75,000$20,336$18,509$18,412
$75,001 – $110,000$22,274$20,311$20,340
$110,001 and more$22,727$20,549$20,700
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment8,428
Undergraduate enrollment6,628
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment792
Graduate enrollment1,800
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 60%
Part-time: 40%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 75%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 14%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 68%
25 and over: 31%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 79%
Out-of-state: 20%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 29%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 64%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 16%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants3,7811,4662,315
Percent admitted84%82%85%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%25%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading440560
SAT Math440550
SAT Writing420530
ACT Composite2024
ACT English1724
ACT Math1623
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 65%
Part-time students: 56%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 33 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 32%
Transfer-out rate: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 9%
6-year: 30%
8-year: 36%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 13%
6-year: 32%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 29%
Female: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 19%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 18%
Hispanic/Latino: 29%
White: 34%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 34%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-11--1
Category total-11--1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)-9---
Women's Studies7----
Category total79---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General426---
Category total4517---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Finance2----
Business Administration and Management, General102d41---
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other19d7d-0d1d
Finance, General16----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General2----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General38----
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----11
Tourism and Travel Services Management0--6-
Category total208d48d-16d12d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies32----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric56d----
Category total88d----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science185---
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other----1
Category total185--1
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-14d--0
Art Teacher Education4----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-35--3
Curriculum and Instruction-0---
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented----1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-16--13
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship----10
Multicultural Education----1
Music Teacher Education100---
Reading Teacher Education-36--7
Special Education and Teaching, General-18d---
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-8---
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-59---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor----7
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education3d----
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education0----
Category total17d186d--42
Electrical and Electronics Engineering12----
Mechanical Engineering14----
Category total26----
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Technology/Technician40----
Category total40----
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-50---
English Language and Literature, General39----
Category total3950---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature4----
Category total18----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other57--5-
Athletic Training/Trainer19----
Clinical Nurse Leader-2---
Environmental Health0----
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-21--2
Health Services Administration-3--4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-7---
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other----4
Nursing Administration-0---
Nursing Education-2---
Nursing Practice--0--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-19---
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-8--3
Public Health, General-2-10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse139---3
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy9----
Category total224640616
History, General34----
Category total34----
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-5---
Category total-591--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies11----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies50d----
Category total61d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General9----
Statistics, General-3---
Category total93---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other---2-
Category total---5d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science11--3-
Environmental Studies7----
Category total18--3-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General0----
Kinesiology and Exercise Science13----
Category total13----
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total9----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General2----
Geology/Earth Science, General4----
Physical Sciences10----
Physics, General3----
Category total19----
Educational Psychology-18--6
Psychology, General58----
School Psychology-14--
Category total58194-6
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration----1
Public Policy Analysis, General-202-16
Social Work3824---
Category total38442-17
Social Sciences
Economics, General11----
Geography, Other---104
Political Science and Government, General32----
Social Sciences, Other52----
Category total158--104
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General27----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General9----
Fine/Studio Arts, General11----
Jazz/Jazz Studies-2---
Music Performance, General75---
Music Theory and Composition-0---
Music, General3----
Music, Other1----
Category total588---
Grand total1,205469974099
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 205
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 37
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 41
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $75,431
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,563
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,347
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
All Track Combined8382
Field Hockey23
Ice Hockey2722
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1960 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration(!)7/1/2003 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/29/2005 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/29/2005 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1976 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1980 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/6/1963 - 6/30/2009Resigned
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs(!)9/1/2009 -  Accredited
Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs(!)9/1/2009 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations163717
Liquor law violations233339
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations10176
Liquor law violations152430
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible10154
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible5134
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate6.0%6.8%9.4%
Number in default145157200
Number in repayment2,3962,2762,122
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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