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Highly ranked universities and programs, outstanding faculty and staff, and innovative academic models are all hallmarks of USM. Providing high quality and affordable academic programs, and increasing student retention and completion rates are among the system’s top priorities. USM offers hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs. Furthermore, USM’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is researching, developing, and implementing strategies and practices to help increase students’ academic success.
USM faculty and staff continue to fuel research and discovery, attracting nearly $1.3 billion in external grants and contracts annually. USM research is advancing understanding and practice in many areas, including bioinformatics, cybersecurity, environmental science, food science, photonics, the social sciences, and vaccine development.