University of Southern Maine: Narrative Description

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96 Falmouth St., PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
Tel: (207)780-4141
Free: 800-800-4USM
Admissions: (207)780-5670
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Maine System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1878. Setting: 144-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $16.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $65.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7072 per student. Total enrollment: 11,089. Faculty: 597 (342 full-time, 255 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 3,743 applied, 75% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,762 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 3,974 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 33 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 32% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Required for some: interview, auditions for music majors. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4620 full-time, $154 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,780 full-time, $426 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $890 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, degree level, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6908. College room only: $3978. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Outing and Ski Clubs, Gorham Events Board, Commuter Student Group, Circle K. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Winter Weekend, theatre and music performers. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security lighting, preventive programs within residence halls. College housing designed to accommodate 1,551 students; 1,599 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. University of Southern Maine Library plus 4 others with 545,246 books, 1 million microform titles, 2,585 serials, 2,705 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.4 million. 485 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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