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About University of Southern Maine

Our mission is to provide an environment of academic excellence that enables
students to reach their highest potential.

USM: The University of Everyone

The University of Southern Maine (USM), a comprehensive public university located in northern New England, is dedicated to providing an affordable, high-quality education that’s accessible to those with a desire to learn and to achieve.

USM faculty members educate future leaders via undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, education, health and social services, business, law, and public service. The faculty is committed to fostering a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation and is distinguished for teaching, research, scholarly publication, and creative activity.

The University of Southern Maine embraces academic freedom for students, faculty, and staff and advocates for diversity in all aspects of campus life and academic work. Not surprisingly, we are often referred to as the “University of Everyone.”


School of Education and Human Development

The School of Education and Human Development is dedicated to preparing educators and human development professionals for responsible and ethical service.

We seek to foster respectful and collaborative learning communities, well-informed decision-making, valid reasoning, and a concern for equity and social justice in the fields of education and human development.

School of Nursing

As a leading educator of health care providers, the School of Nursing provides the academic and social foundation for nursing graduates to meet the needs of local citizens and the global community. We are dedicated to providing each student with the best nursing education and MSN programs possible.

Our master’s in nursing programs advance the practice of nursing by ensuring that every student engages in scholarly inquiry through interprofessional collaboration using research, quality improvement methods, and contemporary technology.


Accreditations

USM is proud to hold regional and national accreditations that support the highest education standards.

New England Commission of Higher Education

The University of Southern Maine is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The University of Southern Maine is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

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