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University of Southern Maine Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

The University of Southern Maine (USM) has an undergraduate acceptance rate of 85% which makes USM admissions moderately easy. With nearly 8140 students enrolled at the university, it offers over seventy undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, and more

For the Fall session 2018, USM received a total of 4524 applicants out of which 3845 (roughly 80%) candidates were offered admission, and only 26% (approx. 1000) enrolled.

  • USM invites applications for Fall, Spring & Summer sessions.
  • University offers dedicated portals (like vary for undergraduate/certificate/masters courses) for application and common application portal is one of them.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are required as proof of English proficiency.


Application PortalCommon Application Portal/University's official website
Application FeeFree
Acceptance Rate85%
SAT score950-1160(optional)*
ACT score19-25 (optional)*
Mode of Payment for the application feeN/A
Intake seasonsFall/Spring/Summer for International applicants 
Financial Aid AvailableYes
Academic CalendarSemester based

*If applicants have completed more than 12 college-level credits or are age 20 or older at the time of submission of application these scores are not required.

University of Southern Maine Admission Deadlines

Admission in US universities is a complex process, so applicants are advised to apply before the mentioned deadlines

For International Individuals (Undergraduate)
Fall (September)July 1
Fall (September Law)June 1
Spring (January)November 15
SummerMay 1 (already passed)

*Graduate students should check specific deadlines for majors. Some majors only accept students once a year and deadlines vary.

*University also offers admission on a rolling admission cycle. The application deadline for students who want to enroll in the fall semester is August 15.

For 2020 fall semester, USM will be offering a new “Early Action” option.

Applicants (incl. International) who apply for early action and submit their undergraduate admission application by November 15 and all supporting documents by December 1 will be guaranteed an admission decision by January 15. University offers flexibility to candidates as candidates can choose whether to enroll or not by May 1.

University of Southern Maine International Student Admissions

The process of admission for International applicants is the same as for United States applicants except for some language-related score documents.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • All official transcripts from all previously attended Institutions whether credits were earned or not and exam certificates which should be translated in English.
  • Transcripts should be evaluated from a USV-approved evaluation agency {National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  • Completed personal essay/statement is recommended but not mandatory
  • Proof of sufficient funds called Declaration of Finances form which should be accompanied or attached by the appropriate Financial information.
  • Official ACT/SAT scores (Optional)
  • English Proficiency scores (TOEFL/IELTS)
  • Some departments or courses may have their own requirements so before applying, kindly check the respective course requirements

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students (additional to above-mentioned requirements only)

  • Official final high school transcript which must certify the date of high school graduation. It is not required if the applicant has completed an associate's or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the application is submitted.
  • Resume: only recommended If the applicant has had a significant gap of three or more years since their last experience in education. Again it's not mandatory

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

The minimum scores for English proficiency for both undergraduate or master courses are mentioned below :

Test NameMin Score

Visa Process for International Students

  • All the International applicants will be issued Form I-20 from the respective university upon completion of the application.
  • After completion of the I-20 form, applicants have to pay the SEVIS fee which is 200$ for F-1 or 180$ for J-1 depends on the nature of visa.
  • After submission of I-20, the applicant have to visit the US embassy and schedule the visa interview with them.
  • Also, upon a visit to US embassy applicant have to provide the mentioned documents
    • Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019 form)
    • Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the applicant’s period of stay in the United States.
    • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application Form, DS-160. NOTE: This form is completed and submitted online. Add your electronic signature or the form may be rejected.
    • Now that the Application (DS-160) is being submitted online applicants must also submit digital photos along with their application. Please be sure to carefully review photograph requirements. NEW: Glasses are no longer allowed in visa photographs.
    • Receipt for visa processing fee (SEVIS fee) known as I-901 - currently $200 for F-1 visas and $180 for J-1 visas
    • Receipt for payment of the Visa Application Fee (this fee is typical $160 but may vary from country to country, so be sure to visit the embassy or consulate website where you will be applying.)
    • Proof of admission to the U.S. university
    • Evidence of ties to your home country
    • Proof of sufficient financial support
    • Evidence of sufficient knowledge of English during the interview
    • Evidence of academic credentials qualifying you for admission (such as TOEFL, transcripts, etc.)

University of Southern Maine Undergraduate Admissions 

USM offers more than 54 major & 90 minor undergraduate courses to all the applicants. Courses category like Business and Engineering is most popular among candidates. Admission process for all undergraduate courses is similar for all applicants except English proficiency requirements.

Where to Apply: University Portal/Common application portal

Application Fee: Free

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Official transcripts from high school and all the certificates earned till yet. Official General Education Diploma (GED); or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is also acceptable
  • SAT/ACT scores (*If applicant have completed more than 12 college level credits or are age 20 or older at the time of submission of application, these scores are not required.)
  • School counselor’s recommendation or letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement/Essay is recommended
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants
  • All the documents must be evaluated from NACES

Note for Performing arts & Nursing applicants:

  • If want to pursue music or theatre course than it requires an audition
  • Nursing Transfer applicants only: Supplemental Application

University of Southern Maine Graduate Admissions

USM offers 21 graduate courses to the applicants. The admission deadline may vary for each program and even some of the courses accept application only once in a year. MBA & nursing programs are most common among applicants.

Given below is a list of popular graduate programs offered at the University of Southern Maine along with their admission requirements:

RequirementsMBAMS in BiologyMPH in Public Health
Application Deadline*Rolling basis Aug 1 (Fall)
Dec 1 (Spring)
April 1(Summer)
Feb 1 (Fall)
Oct 15 (Spring)
*Rolling basis Two months prior before the commencement of each semester
GRE/GMATRequired if not give CPA examGRE scores required
GMAT score in biology is also recommend
Waived off, if applicant completed a bachelor degree before 12 months of application.
Official transcriptsRequiredRequiredRequired
Letter of recommendation3 letters required3 letters required3 letters required
ResumeMandatoryRequiredCV required
Professional ExperienceRecommendedN/AN/A
Essay300-500 wordsPersonal statement required500 words
Application feeFree65$Free

*English proficiency scores are a must for all courses (International students case)

Applicants seeking admission to graduate-level programs offered at USM must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

All transcripts from previous universities attended must be submitted to the University.

Application Portal: Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: Free

Specific programs might have additional requirements that applicants need to meet with.

The difficulty level of admissions at the University of Southern Maine is negligible as the acceptance rate is above 80%. Applicants only need to submit all the documents timely in order to assure a seat in University. Business, Nursing, and Health programs are very popular among International candidates.

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