University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME 04103

The University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine is a public university with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is also part of the University of Maine System that includes 8 campuses in the state. The university was founded in 1878 as the Gorham Academy. In 1970, the academy merged with the University of Maine in Portland to become the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham, before being renamed the University of Southern Maine. The main campus buildings include many multi-story residential homes that were converted into academic buildings. The university ranks as one of the best Northeastern Colleges and enrolls about 7,800 students annually.

The University of Southern Maine School of Nursing offers seven nursing programs. The undergraduate-level programs include BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. Graduate-level programs include MSN, accelerated MSN, RN to MSN, and DNP. All programs have been accredited by the CCNE since 2005. Students get to develop their nursing skills while practicing in a Health Assessment Lab and Simulation Center. Clinical experience is offered through partnerships with various primary care and public health centers in the region. Students that have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field may earn their BSN in just 15 months through the accelerated BSN program.


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate63%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated MSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP)
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. RN to BSN
  7. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 125
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 23
Clinical Nurse Leader Master's degree 1
Nursing Education Master's degree 0
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 9
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 3
Nursing Administration Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 1
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 1
Nursing Administration Post-master's certificate 0
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 2
Nursing Education Post-master's certificate 0
Clinical Nurse Leader Post-master's certificate 0
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 3

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Southern Maine

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
49.22 miles away
University of Maine at Augusta
52.35 miles away
Granite State College
70.62 miles away
Plymouth State University
70.93 miles away
Harmony Health Care Institute
84.99 miles away
Salem State University
85.84 miles away
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
87.43 miles away
University of Massachusetts-Boston
100.73 miles away
Fitchburg State University
106.32 miles away
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
110.1 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1960 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 550
SAT: Math430 to 540
SAT: Writing430 to 540
ACT Composite19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$12,059
30k to 48k$11,998
48k to 75k$16,780
75k to 110k$18,873
Over 110k$20,067
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $253.00 $665.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $380.00 $1,026.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a Maine resident who has been accepted in an accredited B.S.N. or M.S.N. nursing program.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Maine state board of nursing
University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103

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