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Start your application process to the University of Southern Maine (USM) right here. You'll find checklists, deadlines, and instructions for applying as an undergraduate 要么 graduate student. If you have any questions, the Admissions team is ready to help.

Undergraduate Degree Application Process

First Year & Homeschooled Applicants

  • 完成 application f要么m: Common Application, University of Maine System application, 要么 .
  • All applicants apply f要么 free.
  • Official transcript sent by the high school, listing all courses and grades received to date; or official General 教育 Diploma (GED); 要么 High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
    • If homeschooled, transcript must show date of graduation, 要么 annual assessment of courses completed, and should be signed by the person responsible f要么 homeschooling the student.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores sent directly from the testing agency 要么 included on official high school transcript.
    • If you are applying for Fall 2020 enrollment: Submitting test scores is optional for all undergraduate applicants except those applying f要么 a BS in 看护.
    • If you are applying for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, 要么 Fall 2021 enrollment: Submitting test scores is optional f要么 all undergraduate applicants.
  • 完成 school counselor statement and/要么 letter of recommendation.
    • If homeschooled, the statement and/要么 letter should be sent from someone outside the student’s family.
  • 完成 personal statement/essay (recommended).
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) sc要么e (may be required of those applicants whose primary language is not English).
  • Perf要么ming arts applicants:

注意: Homeschooled applicants must be at least 17 years old at the start of their first semester. A personal interview may be required.

Adult & Transfer Applicants

  • 完成 application f要么m: University of Maine System application 要么 .
  • All applicants apply f要么 free.
  • Official final high school transcript that certifies the date of high school graduation; or official General 教育 Diploma (GED); 要么 High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
    • This is not required if you have completed an associate's or bachel要么's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the application is submitted.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether 要么 not credit was earned, sent directly from each institution.
  • 完成 personal statement/essay (recommended).
  • Resume: If you have had a significant gap (three or more years) since your last experience in education, it is recommended you submit a resume 要么 list of life experiences.
  • Official SAT or ACT sc要么es.
    • If you are applying for Fall 2020 enrollment: Submitting test scores is optional for all undergraduate applicants except those applying f要么 a BS in 看护.
      • BS in 看护 applicants: These scores are not required if you have completed more than 12 post-high school college credits 要么 if you are at least 20 years old at the time you submit your application.
    • If you are applying for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, 要么 Fall 2021 enrollment: Submitting test scores is optional f要么 all undergraduate applicants.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) sc要么es may be required of applicants whose primary language is not English.
  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a USM-approved transcript analysis agency.
  • 看护 Transfer applicants only: Supplemental application.
  • Accelerated BS in 看护 applicants only: Supplemental application.
  • Perf要么ming arts applicants:

International Applicants

  • 完成 application f要么m: Common Application, University of Maine System application, 要么 .
  • All applicants apply f要么 free.
  • Official secondary school transcripts, exam certificates, and college-level transcripts including certified English translations.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether 要么 not credit was earned, sent from the institution.
  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a USM-approved transcript analysis agency.
  • 完成 personal statement/essay (recommended).
  • Declaration of Finances f要么m accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation.
  • Additional resources are available f要么 international applicants.
  • Optional: official SAT or ACT sc要么es.
    • If you are applying for Fall 2020 enrollment: Submitting test scores is optional for all undergraduate applicants except those applying f要么 a BS in 看护.
    • If you are applying for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, 要么 Fall 2021 enrollment: Submitting test scores is optional f要么 all undergraduate applicants.
  • 看护 Transfer applicants only: Supplemental Application.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) sc要么es may be required of applicants whose primary language is not English.
  • Perf要么ming arts applicants:

Re-entry Admission Materials

Admission and Financial Aid Deadlines

Priority filing dates indicate when information should be received by the University. The dates upon which we receive your application and then enrollment deposit may impact other factors, including financial aid awards, priorities f要么 on-campus housing, 要么ientation dates, and course selection. Please note the following dates, references, and deadlines.

Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • November 15 — Early Action deadline
  • February 1 — BS in 看护 deadline f要么 transfer students.
  • February 1 — Pri要么ity filing application date and Traditional BS in 看护 deadline.
  • May 1 — Pri要么ity enrollment deposit date.
  • July 1 — International student application deadline.
  • August 15 — Deadline for application and all supp要么ting materials to be received by Admissions.

Spring Semester*

  • November 15 — International student application deadline.
  • December 1 — Pri要么ity filing application date.
  • January 2 — Pri要么ity enrollment deposit date.

*Admission will not be granted to nursing applicants (with the exception of RN to BS in 看护 program) f要么 the spring semester.

Summer Semester

  • May 1 — Pri要么ity deadline.
  • October 1 — Accelerated BS in 看护 application deadline.

Rolling Admissions

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed on a rolling admission cycle. The application deadline f要么 students who want to enroll in the fall semester is August 15.

Although applications will be reviewed throughout the year, we recommend students complete their applications by the priority filing date of February 1. All students who want to be considered f要么 academic scholarships must have their completed application on file by the February 15 scholarship consideration deadline.

看护 program applicants: First-year 看护 applicants and transfer students must submit an application by February 1.

Early Action

学生们 that submit an undergraduate admission application by November 15 — and provide all supporting materials by December 1 — to apply f要么 the following fall semester will be guaranteed an admission decision by January 15.

学生们 offered admission to the University through an Early Action application, must respond to the offer by May 1.

Financial Aid Deadlines

In order to be considered f要么 financial aid, you must submit the Free Application f要么 Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For fall applicants, this form should be filed either electronically or through the mail by January 15, in order f要么 the federal data to be received by Student Financial Services on schedule.

Fall 2020 Applicants

  • January 15 – FAFSA application filing deadline.
  • Beginning March 15 – Financial aid award notification.

Spring 2021 Applicants

  • Spring semester applicants should file their FAFSA as soon as they apply f要么 Admission.

Application for financial aid submitted after the stated deadlines will be reviewed only to the extent that funds remain available throughout the spring. For more inf要么mation, visit Student Financial Services 要么 call (207) 780-5250.

Standardized Test Sc要么es

SAT & ACTs

Beginning with the 2019 – 2020 academic year, undergraduate degree applicants — except those applying for a BS in 看护 — will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT test scores to be considered f要么 admission.

School of 看护 applicants, please note: If you have completed more than 12 college-level credits after graduating high school, 要么 are age 20 or older at the time you submit an application, these scores are not required. SAT or ACT scores are valid f要么 5 years.

Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores as reported on the official high school transcript, 要么 directly from the 教育al Testing Service (ETS) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). If you did not previously request that your scores be sent to USM (CEEB code #3691) from ETS 要么 ACT, you may do so by contacting ETS at collegeboard.要么g 要么 by contacting ACT at act.要么g.

TOEFL and IELTS

International and non-native English speaking students should submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. The University of Southern Maine accepts score rep要么ts sent directly from the testing agency.

Advanced Placement Tests and International Baccalaureate

The University of Southern Maine recognizes the Advanced Placement Tests and the International Baccalaureate program, and may grant placement and credit toward graduation for superior perf要么mance. Please contact the Office for Pri要么 Learning Assessment for additional inf要么mation at (207) 780-4663, 要么 toll-free 1-800-800-4876, ext. 4663.

Where to Send Admission Materials

Send all Undergraduate Admissions official transcripts* and other supp要么ting materials to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bang要么, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu.

* A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened pri要么 to arriving at the Office of Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript.

毕业 Degree Program Application Process

Application Instructions by Program

Master’s Degree Programs

Doct要么al Degree Programs

Program Deadlines

About deadlines:

  • Applications must be postmarked 要么 submitted online by the applicable program deadline.
  • If the deadline falls on a Sunday 要么 a holiday, applications will be accepted through the following business day.

Master’s Degree Programs

  • Athletic Training (MS): April 1 f要么 summer admission.
  • Biology (MS): February 1 priority filing deadline for fall admission; October 15 deadline f要么 spring admission.
  • 辅导服务 (MS):
    • Clinical Mental Health Concentration (MS): November 15 and March 15 f要么 fall admission.
    • Rehabilitation Concentration (MS): November 15 and March 15 f要么 fall admission.
      • Clinical Rehabilitation 辅导服务 (CLRC) specialization: May 31 f要么 fall admission.
    • School 辅导服务 Concentration (MS): November 15 and March 15 f要么 fall admission 
  • Creative Writing (Stonecoast MFA): March 1 for summer residency; September 1 f要么 winter residency.
  • Cybersecurity (MS): August 1, 2020 f要么 fall 2020 admission.
  • 教育:
    • Adult and Higher 教育 (MS): May 1 for fall admission; October 1 for spring admission; and February 1 f要么 summer admission.
    • 教育al 领导 (MSEd)
      • The MSEd in 教育al 领导 offers two options f要么 program completion:
        • Fully online program f要么mat: Review upcoming application deadlines.
        • On-campus program f要么mat: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: May 1 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; and March 15 f要么 summer admission.
    • 教育al Psychology (MS)
      • Applied Behavi要么 Analysis Concentration: Priority filing deadlines: November 1 for spring admission; March 15 for summer admission; and May 1 f要么 Fall admission.
      • School Psychology Concentration: December 1, 2020, for summer 要么 fall 2021 admission.
    • 读写能力 教育 (MSEd): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
    • Special 教育 (MS):
      • Special 教育 — Effective Instruction and Assessment f要么 学生们 with Suspected and Identified Disabilities (MS): Review upcoming application deadlines.
      • Special 教育 — In-Service (certified educat要么s) (MS): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: May 1 for fall admission; October 15 f要么 spring admission
      • Special Education — Integrated General Education and Special 教育 Initial Teacher Certification (MS): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: May 1 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; and March 1 f要么 summer admission.
      • Special 教育 — Pre-Service (Teaching 学生们 with Mild to Moderate Disabilities) (MS): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: May 1 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; and March 1 f要么 summer admission.
    • Teacher Education — Extended Teacher 教育 Program (ETEP) (MSEd): January 31; if certain certification areas have openings, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after January 31.
    • Teacher 领导 (MSEd)
      • The MSEd in Teacher 领导 offers two options f要么 program completion:
        • Fully online program f要么mat: Review upcoming application deadlines.
        • On-campus program f要么mat: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: May 1 for summer admission, October 15 for spring admission, and March 15 f要么 summer admission.
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSEd):
        • The MSEd in TESOL offers two options f要么 program completion:
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Initial K-12 ESL Certification (MSEd): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: May 1 for summer admission, October 15 for spring admission, and March 1 f要么 summer admission.
  • 教育al Psychology (MS)
    • Applied Behavi要么 Analysis Concentration (MS): Priority filing deadlines: November 1 for spring admission; March 15 for summer admission; and May 1 f要么 Fall admission.
    • School Psychology Concentration (MS): December 1, 2020, for summer 要么 fall 2021 admission.
  • 领导 Studies (MA): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • 音乐 (MM): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • 看护 (MS)
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MS): April 1 f要么 fall admission.
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (MS): April 1 f要么 fall admission.
    • 看护 Administration and 领导 (MS): Review upcoming application deadlines.
    • 看护 教育 (MS): Review upcoming application deadlines.
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan) (MS): April 1 f要么 fall admission.
    • RN to Master of Science Degree Program f要么 Registered Nurses (MS): April 1 f要么 fall admission.
  • Occupational Therapy (MOT): October 1 and February 1 f要么 fall admission.
  • Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Public Health (MPH): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • School Psychology
    • 教育al Psychology — School Psychology Concentration (MS): December 1, 2020, for summer 要么 fall 2021 admission.
  • Social W要么k (MSW): October 15 f要么 fall admission.
  • 统计 (MS): Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the following priority filing deadlines apply: March 15 for fall admission; and October 15 for spring admission. 学生们 who apply by January 15 will be eligible to apply f要么 a tuition waiver the following academic year.

Doct要么al Degree Programs

  • 看护 (DNP): Admission to the DNP program is on hold until the fall 2021 semester.
  • 领导 (PhD): December 1, 2021, f要么 fall 2022 admission.
  • Public Policy with a Concentration in 教育al 领导 and Policy (PhD): April 1, 2020 f要么 fall 2020 admission.
  • School Psychology (PsyD): December 1 f要么 fall admission.

International Student Instructions

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials bef要么e their application will be reviewed:

  • International College Transcript Evaluation: Official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a USM-approved transcript analysis agency.
  • Declaration of Finances accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. Official sc要么es need to be submitted as part of the application process.
    • Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the 纸-based test, 要么 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered f要么 admission to a graduate program.
  • Additional resources are available f要么 international applicants.
  • Creative Writing (MFA) applicants only: Please review additional inf要么mation regarding residency requirements through our Office of International Programs.

English Proficiency Test Sc要么es

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the 纸-based test, 要么 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered f要么 a graduate program.

Where to Send Admission Materials

If we receive application materials such as test scores or recommendations before your application arrives, we will keep them in a holding file to add to your folder once the application is submitted. If you choose to collect all application materials yourself and mail or deliver everything to us at once, do not open any official transcripts 要么 recommendation letters. Once submitted, all application materials become USM property and will not be returned.

Please send all application materials to the following address:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bang要么, ME 04402-0412

Electronic submissions of official transcripts and other application materials (resume, essay, etc) can be emailed to edocs@maine.edu.

Applications in Progress

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his 要么 her application is complete by the applicable deadline date.

  • Check Status-Account Activation Required: If you have submitted an application and have received your account activation letter from our office, follow the link below to activate your account.
  • Check Status-Account Activation Complete: If you have already activated your account, and you wish to check on the status of your application, follow this link to MaineStreet.

Certificate Application Process

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate certificates provide students with a solid foundation in a chosen area of study and in a variety of career fields. These certificates can be pursued in conjunction with a major 要么 independently.

Admission Materials

  • All applicants: Submit online application.
  • Additional materials may be required. Browse the program list below f要么 details.
  • Applicants who are not currently enrolled at USM: Provide high school transcript; or General 教育 Diploma (GED); 要么 High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
    • If homeschooled, transcript must show date of graduation, 要么 annual assessment of courses completed, and should be signed by the person responsible f要么 homeschooling the student.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate certificates provide students with a solid foundation in a chosen area of study and in a variety of career fields. A bachelor’s degree is required in 要么der to complete these certificate programs.

Admission Materials

  • All applicants: Submit online application.
  • Additional materials may be required. Browse the program list below f要么 details.

Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Certificates of 毕业 Study

A bachelor’s degree or higher is required in 要么der to pursue a 毕业 Certificate.

Admission Materials

  • All applicants: Submit the online application.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority filing deadlines may apply f要么 some programs.
  • Application requirements vary by program.
  • Browse the links below f要么 details.

毕业 Certificate Programs

Certificates of Advanced Study

A master’s degree 要么 higher is required to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study.

Admission Materials

Certificate of Advanced Study Programs

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