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 – Forbes.com
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.
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