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University of Southern Maine Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into University of Southern Maine

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
80.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of Southern Maine
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into University of Southern Maine and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Maine for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,042 out of 4,996 applicants were admitted making University of Southern Maine an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent. University of Southern Maine typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Southern Maine is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Southern Maine SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
950-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT
84%
SAT Scores for University of Southern Maine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for University of Southern Maine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1060

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Southern Maine?

University of Southern Maine typically prefers applicants to be in the top 69 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Maine for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Southern Maine admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >88%
1055 to 1160 Avg + 81%-88%
950 to 1055 Avg - 71%-81%
845 to 950 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 845 Low <60%
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University of Southern Maine ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
5%
ACT Scores for University of Southern Maine
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for University of Southern Maine
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into University of Southern Maine?

Admission data indicates that University of Southern Maine regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Maine for highest average ACT composite score. 5 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Southern Maine.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Southern Maine admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >89%
22 to 25 Avg + 81%-89%
20 to 22 Avg - 74%-81%
18 to 20 Reach 65%-74%
Less than 18 Low <65%
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University of Southern Maine GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.01
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into University of Southern Maine?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into University of Southern Maine. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Southern Maine was 3.01 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Maine for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.01 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as University of Southern Maine accepts 81% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Southern Maine students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 10% Good
3.50 to 3.75 10% Good
3.25 to 3.50 18% Good
3.00 to 3.25 22% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 20% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 19% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

69% of University of Southern Maine freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Southern Maine students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 33%
Top 50% of class 69%
Bottom 50% of class 31%
Bottom 25% of class 7%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Southern Maine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,014 1,982 4,996
Accepted 2,478 1,564 4,042
Acceptance Rate 82% 79% 81%
Enrolled 511 382 893
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 24% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
216

Applicants have 216 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Southern Maine is $0.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Southern Maine and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Southern Maine Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Neither required nor recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Southern Maine
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=161554 IPEDS survey data for University of Southern Maine.

FAQs

Does University of Southern Maine prefer SAT or ACT?

84% of students submit their SAT scores to University of Southern Maine. 5% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Southern Maine?

81% of those who apply are granted admission to University of Southern Maine. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Southern Maine?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 950 and 1160. 84% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Southern Maine?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 25. 5% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.