University of Southern Maine (USM)

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University of Southern Maine can be found in Portland, ME, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. USM has an enrollment of about 8,800 students.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores at University of Southern Maine. A score between 950 - 1160 on the SAT exam, or 20 - 25 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the USM average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.33. This school has an acceptance rate of 81% with 22% of applicants deciding to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall USM Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Southern Maine was reported as 80.9% in Fall 2020 with over 5,000 applications submitted to University of Southern Maine. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • USM ACT Scores: 20 - 25
  • USM Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Southern Maine?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into University of Southern Maine, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Southern Maine has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 80.2%
  • 2017-2018: 83.5%
  • 2018-2019: 85.4%
  • 2019-2020: 80.9%
  • Projected USM Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 76.8%

How Does USM Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Southern Maine is forty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of New England84.4%
Saint Joseph's College of Maine87.2%
Bowdoin College9.1%
Bates College12.1%
Thomas College83.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to USM (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 590
Math470 - 570
Total Score950 - 1160
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 24
Math18 - 25
Composite Score20 - 25
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