The University of Southern Maine was established when three academic establishments came together: the original teachers college in Gorham, founded in 1878, Portland University for accountants, founded in 1919, and later Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston, founded in 1988. They now comprise the three campuses of the University of Southern Maine, a public, regional, comprehensive university, which operates with a mission to provide students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education.
USM offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, leading to degrees and certificates at all levels, from the following colleges and schools:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
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