Founded in 1878, University of Southern Maine is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Portland (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Maine. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Gorham, Lewiston. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, University of Southern Maine (USM) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Southern Maine (USM) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 141 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this US higher education organization a least selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.