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Chances of getting into University of Southern Maine

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
88%
Admission Difficulty for University of Southern Maine
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into University of Southern Maine and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at University of Southern Maine is 88%.  It ranks #12 in Maine for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Southern Maine is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 4,198 out of 4,774 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 49 percent (SAT 958/1160 ACT 20/25). University of Southern Maine typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.28. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The University of Southern Maine application fee is $0 and applications are due by May 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to 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 COVID-19.

University of Southern Maine SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
958-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT 
84%
SAT Scores for University of Southern Maine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 488
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 958
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 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 958 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 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. University of Southern Maine ranks #3 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 2020 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 >93%
1059 to 1160 Avg + 88%-93%
958 to 1059 Avg - 79%-88%
857 to 958 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 857 Low <67%
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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 18
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 #4 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 2020 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 >94%
22 to 25 Avg + 88%-94%
20 to 22 Avg - 81%-88%
18 to 20 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 18 Low <72%
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University of Southern Maine GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.28
Typical High School Grades 
B

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

Applicants require above 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 3.28 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Maine for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.28 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as University of Southern Maine accepts 88% 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 
4.0 12.91% Good
3.75 to 3.99 8.15% Good
3.50 to 3.74 17.42% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 17.42% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 21.8% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 12.91% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 9.4% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

73.38% 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 12.75%
Top 25% of class 38.26%
Top 50% of class 73%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Southern Maine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,969 1,805 4,774
Accepted 2,693 1,505 4,198
Acceptance Rate 91% 83% 88%
Enrolled 489 319 808
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 21% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Application 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 Application 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?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to University of Southern Maine. Admission competition is and the college has easy 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 958 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.