Thank you for your interest in UMA!
We’re here to help you decide whether UMA is a good fit for you. Chances are it is. For example, US News and World Report recently selected UMA as a “Best Regional College”. Our students are of every age and background — and with our wide array of professional, career-oriented programs, UMA is a terrific choice for those who know exactly what they want to do with their degree, as well as those who want to explore their many options.
We provide resources such as this website and campus tours to help you decide whether UMA is right for you. Taking a tour gives you the opportunity to get an up-close view of our campus facilities, and also allows you to interact with our students, faculty and staff.
A Quick Checklist for Becoming a Student:
Click a checklist item for more information:
Once you’ve applied, correspondence will be mailed to you which includes your email activation code. Upon receipt, please activate your email
Familiarize yourself with my.uma.edu
Complete Placement Testing (if required)
These tests in reading, writing, and mathematics help applicants and new students understand where they can best start their new course of study. The tests are not timed and may be taken in one testing session. If taken at UMA the first testing session is free. For general admissions purposes, placement testing may be waived by certain minimum SAT scores, or by certain minimum grades earned through prior college coursework.
You may be eligible to receive UMA credits for courses taken elsewhere or through special exams you can take before you start here.
- Transfer Credits – UMA offers transfer credit for course work completed at a regionally accredited institution with grades of “C-” or higher. UMA’s Transfer Officer will review your transcripts to determine what transfer credit will be awarded.
- You may also earn credit for previous learning/experience by taking CLEP/DANTES or Challenge Exams, or through a Portfolio Assessment. You can visit our Testing and Assessment page or call 621-3144 to find out more about your options.
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Financial Aid & Scholarships
- If you have not yet done so during the UMA admissions process, please consider contacting UMA’s Financial Aid Office to explore your financial aid options. Types of aid you may be eligible for include: scholarships and grants, loans, and work study. UMA awards aid packages to both full-time and part-time students. Part time students carry 6-9 credits hours per semester while full time students carry 12 or more credit hours per semester.
- Do not delay in contacting the Financial Aid Office. You will need to complete the FAFSA form and the processing time could take three to four weeks.
- Maine adults who want to return to college after a three year absence may qualify for up to $4000 per year for up to four years.
Submit Immunization Records (if required)
Maine State Law requires all full-time non-degree students and/or degree candidates born after 1956 to submit immunization records. The immunization requirements can be found at the Registrar’s web page. Please send your immunization records to: UMS Shared Processing Center, PO Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412.
Registering for Classes
- Before you register for classes, you first need to talk with someone from our Admissions staff to see if you need to take Placement Tests in reading, writing, and math. These free and untimed tests, which are given in a non-judgmental and non-pressure situation, are only meant to help our students avoid enrolling in a course that is either too hard or too easy.
- Once placement tests are taken or waived, you will be ready to enroll in courses. For first semester freshmen, our Admissions staff will help you select courses that are a good fit with your education goals. For subsequent semesters, you may be able to self-register using our MaineStreet portal or work with staff in our Advising Center.
- You will also be assigned a faculty advisor who will help you select your courses during the remainder of your time at UMA.
Attend New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation
Student Orientations are held prior to the start of each semester. These sessions are a great way to get connected with the faculty, staff and services available, and to meet other incoming students.
Paying for Your First Semester Courses
UMA accepts payment by cash, check or credit card. Call the Student Accounts Office 621-3185 to find out about our different payment plans. Before classes begin, you must either have paid in full (via awarded financial aid and or cash/credit card payments) or signed up for an approved payment plan with the Student Financials office. For a listing or current tuition and fees and payment options, visit our Money Matters page.
Purchasing Your Books
You can purchase books and course materials at the UMA bookstore or online at www.umabookstore.com. A temporary bookstore is offered at UMA Bangor at the start of each semester. Books ordered from the website are shipped directly to you for a minimal fee.