Every great community deserves a great University — and great takes grit

We believe that great and grit go hand in hand. Great takes passion, the dedication to academic excellence we see in our students and faculty every day. It takes hustle and heart, the drive we see in our talented, first-generation trailblazers. It takes equity and inclusion, the values we see in the diverse community around us.

It takes grit to be great. That’s what we’re building here at the University of Southern Maine.

Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson, USM President

“As a first-generation college student myself, I understand the grit and determination embodied in our incredibly talented University of Southern Maine students. I invite you to join me at this critical moment in USM’s history –– the final year of our largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign ever –– and help make great things happen. Together, we will build the great university our students, our community, and our state deserve.”

Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson,
USM President

Explore the Campaign

The Great University Campaign will transform the student experience at the University of Southern Maine for generations to come. Learn how we are investing in our students, academic programs, and campuses in ways that will impact our community and the future of Maine.

Scholarships & Student Support

We’re raising funds to support scholarships and meet our students’ essential needs, while providing the kind of transformative experiences that will further their aspirations. Learn how your donation to Scholarships & Students Support will change lives.

Center for the Arts, north exterior view, Portland campus
Center for the Arts, north exterior view, Portland campus

Center for the Arts

Designed to integrate the visual and performing arts, this stunning facility will become the new home of the Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music, a USM program of excellence. Giving to the Center for the Arts will help bring to our community signature spaces for the arts in every form.

Career & Student Success Center, Portland campus
Newly named McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success, Portland campus

McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success

USM’s new center for student and employer engagement will put career readiness and community at the heart of the student experience. Your gift to the McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success will support this iconic, sustainable building on USM’s reimagined Portland campus.

Programs of Excellence

Your support for key programs and facilities will make a profound difference in the future success of our students. Funding priorities include diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, athletics, new centers for learning and research, internship and career-building opportunities, and other Programs of Excellence

Campaign News

  • Bath Savings Gift Announcement

    Bath Savings Gift Supports New Student Center

    The University of Southern Maine Foundation announced it has received a generous leadership gift of $500,000 from Bath Savings, a Maine-based mutual savings bank that has served Midcoast and Southern Maine communities for more than 170 years. Their contribution to USM’s Great University Campaign will support completion of the recently named McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success (The McGoldrick Center), now under construction on USM’s Portland campus. In recognition of Bath Savings’ commitment, USM will name the Center’s prominent front entrance the Bath Savings Portico.

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  • Photo of Emmanuel Mutshaila '22 and Prof. Richard Bilodeau '96, '98G

    A Moment of Pure Magic Inspires Philanthropy

    The Great University Campaign public launch event on September 21 was orchestrated by a full cast of characters that included USM students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and others who entertained and informed a large and appreciative audience. Among the participants was USM School of Business faculty member, Richard J. Bilodeau ’96, 98G, who moderated a conversation with five of USM’s tenacious, talented students. The evening had a profound impact on Professor Bilodeau, leading to an inspired philanthropic decision. Read more about the “moment of pure magic” that galvanized Prof. Bilodeau into action.

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  • USM Announces Naming of the McGoldrick Center

    The University of Southern Maine has launched the third and final year of the Great University Campaign, the largest and most comprehensive fundraising initiative in its history. The Campaign prioritizes scholarships, programs of excellence, and major capital projects such as the McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success, newly named for longtime USM benefactors Richard and Carolyn McGoldrick. With $39M raised to date, USM has made unprecedented progress and is now inviting public participation to help cross the finish line.

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