University of Southern Maine
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 LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students7,794|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||0|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||950 to 1160|
|ACT||19 to 25|
|Secondary school GPA Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$262/credit|
|In State Students||$262/credit|
|Out of State Students||$689/credit|
|In District Students||$393/credit|
|In State Students||$393/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,063/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of University of Southern Maine's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||29%||$1,445|
|State Grant & Scholarships||35%||$1,814|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||85%||$6,082|
|Federal Student Loans||61%||$5,524|
$11,338Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$8,645|
|$30,001 to $48,000$8,747|
|$48,001 to $75,000$12,609|
|$75,001 to $110,000$16,199|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Maine state board of nursing.