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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.
|Application Portal||Common Application Portal/University's official website|
|ACT score||19-25 (optional)*|
|Mode of Payment for the application fee||N/A|
|Intake seasons||Fall/Spring/Summer for International applicants|
|Financial Aid Available||Yes|
|Academic Calendar||Semester 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.
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|
|Summer||May 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.
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 Transfer Students (additional to above-mentioned requirements only)
The minimum scores for English proficiency for both undergraduate or master courses are mentioned below :
|Test Name||Min Score|
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.
Application Fee: Free
Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:
Note for Performing arts & Nursing applicants:
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:
|Requirements||MBA||MS in Biology||MPH in Public Health|
|Application Deadline||*Rolling basis Aug 1 (Fall)|
Dec 1 (Spring)
|Feb 1 (Fall)|
Oct 15 (Spring)
|*Rolling basis Two months prior before the commencement of each semester|
|GRE/GMAT||Required if not give CPA exam||GRE scores required|
GMAT score in biology is also recommend
|Waived off, if applicant completed a bachelor degree before 12 months of application.|
|Letter of recommendation||3 letters required||3 letters required||3 letters required|
|Essay||300-500 words||Personal statement required||500 words|
*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.