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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:  8,923 (7,098 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  14 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
3% or less
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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty326364
Research and public service121
Total graduate assistants-68
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,232$1,346$1,346$1,3460.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,860$9,666$9,786$9,7880.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,860$10,980$9,786$9,7880.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$24,354$23,692$22,916$24,0625.0%
Off Campus$24,354$25,006$22,916$24,0625.0%
Off Campus with Family$13,494$14,026$13,130$14,2748.7%
On Campus$36,714$36,052$33,628$36,4228.3%
Off Campus$36,714$37,366$33,628$36,4228.3%
Off Campus with Family$25,854$26,386$23,842$26,63411.7%
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 year2013-2014
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, 2012-2013
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 aid176793%————
Grant or scholarship aid64178%$4,175,204$6,514
Federal grants37145%$1,774,671$4,783
Pell grants37145%$1,507,251$4,063
Other federal grants30637%$267,420$874
State/local government grant or scholarships31839%$291,010$915
Institutional grants or scholarships48959%$2,109,523$4,314
Student loan aid60574%$4,255,212$7,033
Federal student loans59472%$3,384,992$5,699
Other student loans9011%$870,220$9,669
  • 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 aid13,97354%$21,204,012$5,337
Pell grants2,69336%$9,582,699$3,558
Federal student loans4,30158%$30,037,120$6,984
  • 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$18,156$18,177$16,635
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 Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$17,793$15,924$14,414
$30,001 – $48,000$19,179$18,030$15,258
$48,001 – $75,000$21,578$20,238$18,509
$75,001 – $110,000$23,022$22,176$20,311
$110,001 and more$23,473$22,629$20,549
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment8,923
Undergraduate enrollment7,098
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment817
Graduate enrollment1,825
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: 74%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 16%
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: 85%
Out-of-state: 15%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
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: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 24%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 71%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 12%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 76%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants3,9021,6312,271
Percent admitted83%82%84%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%29%25%
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 2012 (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 Reading450550
SAT Math440560
SAT Writing440540
ACT Composite2025
ACT English1925
ACT Math1925
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: 67%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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, 31 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 34%
Transfer-out rate: 40%
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:
4-year: 10%
6-year: 33%
8-year: 37%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 37%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 43%
Asian: 32%
Black or African American: 24%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 34%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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-9--0
Category total-9--0
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)-10---
Women's Studies3----
Category total310---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General365---
Exercise Physiology0----
Category total389---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Finance5----
Business Administration and Management, General116d32d---
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other23d7d-2d0d
Finance, General23----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General25----
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----7
Tourism and Travel Services Management0----
Category total214d41d-20d7d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies40----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric50d----
Category total90d----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science101---
Category total101---
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching1d16d--2d
Art Teacher Education12----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-37--0
Curriculum and Instruction-1---
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented----1
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other----0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-17--19
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship----16
Multicultural Education----2
Music Teacher Education172---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching---0-
Reading Teacher Education-19--15
Special Education and Teaching, General-13d--0d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-6---
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-75---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor----5
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education5d----
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education4----
Category total39d186d-060d
Electrical and Electronics Engineering6----
Mechanical Engineering5----
Category total11----
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Technology/Technician44----
Category total44----
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-44---
English Language and Literature, General45----
Category total4544---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature8----
Category total23----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other57--7-
Athletic Training/Trainer15----
Environmental Health1----
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-21---
Health Services Administration----4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-7--0
Medical Office Management/Administration----0
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other----5
Nursing Administration-1---
Nursing Practice--0--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-21---
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-11---
Public Health, General-4-02
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse1660--11
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy9----
Category total248650722
History, General41----
Category total41----
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-1---
Category total-197--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies6----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies46d----
Category total52d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General9----
Statistics, General-7--0
Category total97--0
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other---2-
Category total---2-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science8----
Environmental Studies11----
Category total19----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General2----
Kinesiology and Exercise Science19----
Category total21----
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total18----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General9----
Geology/Earth Science, General12----
Physical Sciences9----
Physics, General0----
Category total30----
Educational Psychology-10--11
Psychology, General66----
School Psychology-05--
Category total66105-11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration----4
Public Policy Analysis, General-105-11
Social Work3539---
Category total35495-15
Social Sciences
Economics, General16----
Geography, Other---35
Political Science and Government, General39----
Social Sciences, Other73----
Category total188--35
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General30----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General12----
Fine/Studio Arts, General10--0-
Jazz/Jazz Studies-2---
Music Performance, General115---
Music Theory and Composition-4---
Music, General8----
Music, Other2----
Category total7311-0-
Grand total1,31744310732120
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
All Track Combined9473
Field Hockey22
Ice Hockey2921
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, Commission on Community/Junior College 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
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations291637
Liquor law violations842333
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations201017
Liquor law violations341524
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible61015
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible6513
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
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 Year20102009
Default rate9.4%8.7%
Number in default200180
Number in repayment2,1222,051
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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