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The University of Southern Maine begins its 2018-2019 academic year with increasing financial stability, a rededication to academics and surging student numbers, President Glenn Cummings said Aug. 30 at the annual opening breakfast.

“We are making enormous progress in all fronts,” Cummings said.

“In a two-year period, we’ve had a 6.2 percent increase in our retention,” he said. “More students are staying with us.”

And students who graduate are leaving with far more favorable opinion of the university. In 2015, as budgets and positions were being cut, only 61 percent of graduates said they would recommend USM. With USM’s Class of 2018, that number skyrocketed to 94 percent.

“Even in the most elite little bubbles of higher education, you rarely get that,” Cummings said. “What does that tell you? Whatever we’re doing, it is making a difference for those who are succeeding. Our challenge is that more students need to succeed and get to that diploma.”

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  • Undergraduate Degrees:Bachelor's
  • Undergraduate Enrollment:7407
  • Campus Setting:Urban
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  • Student to Faculty Ratio:Unknown
  • Room and Board:9400
  • Student Diversity – % Asian/Pacific Islander:Unknown
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  • Year Established:1878
  • Accreditation:New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
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