University of Southren Maine

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About The Institute



A Connection Could Take You Anywhere


You never know where a connection might take you. Our connections between faculty, students and alumni run deep; University of Southern Maine (USM) is everywhere you need it to be.


The true American liberal arts experience


State public university, founded in 1878

Named a 'Best College in the Northeast' (Princeton Review since 2007)

'Affordable Colleges Online' rank University of Southern Maine #6 for a High Return on Investment

AACSB and ABET accreditation, among many others

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) available


Portland Metropolitan area


Located in New England, a region noted as a top educational hub

Maine's largest city possessing historic charm with a cosmopolitan feel

Home to the largest public university in southern Maine, an economic driver for the region

Considered one of the USA's Most Livable City –

Nationally acclaimed dining ("Best small town food cities in America" - The New York Times and Bon Appétit Magazine)

An urban hub supportive of entrepreneurs, research and internship opportunities





English Language Bridgeprogram


Undergraduate students who meet the entry requirements for admission to USM, but do not have the minimum English language requirement can apply through the English Language Bridge (ELB) program.


The ELB program is an academic support program offered through the University of Southern Maine's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department. Students in the ELB program are non-native English speakers who have met USM's admission requirements except that their TOEFL or SAT scores fall below the required level.


All ELB students meet with an academic advisor to select courses which offer key elements to aid in their academic success

Students in the ELB program take both ESOL and regular classes during their first semester or year at University

Students may declare their choice of degree program once they have achieved English proficiency

All classes taken by ELB students are credit-bearing. Students take up to 12-13 credits.


Entry Requirement


Direct entry to nearly 100 Bachelor's degrees

Assistance and support applying to nearly 100 undergraduate degree programs at the Gorham and Portland campuses.

Minimum English: equivalent of TOEFL 79 / 6.5 IELTS

Apply by November 20, 2015 for January start



Direct entry to Master's degrees

Assistance and support applying to an MBA (concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Health Management & Policy, Sustainability), Master of Community Planning and Development, Master of Public Health, and Master of Public Policy and Management.


Minimum English: equivalent of TOEFL 80 / 6.5 IELTS