University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME 04103
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students7,794
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate68%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.4%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT950 to 1160
ACT19 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

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).
Application fee
Undergrads $40
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$262/credit
In State Students$262/credit
Out of State Students$689/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$393/credit
In State Students$393/credit
Out of State Students$1,063/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $11,790 $11,790 $31,005
ADN 70 $18,340 $18,340 $48,230
BSN 125 $32,750 $32,750 $86,125
FNP 50 $19,650 $19,650 $53,150
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 45% $4,485
Other Federal Grant 29% $1,445
State Grant & Scholarships 35% $1,814
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 85% $6,082
Federal Student Loans 61% $5,524
Private Loans 8% $9,934


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$16,687

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Maine state board of nursing.
University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103

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