Orientation is an opportunity for students to get to know UMA and to prepare for a successful college experience.

By participating in an orientation, you can:

    • learn about student support services and resources
    • become familiar with policies and procedures
    • acquire knowledge and entry-level proficiency in select academic and personal success skills
    • learn about what to expect at UMA and what UMA expects of you
    • know whom to contact to ask questions and express concerns

Orientation is for ALL students new to UMA, whether they are: returning adults, transfer students, or recent high school graduates; attending on campus or attending at centers, sites, or via technology; and, in degree programs or just taking a class.

Orientations are offered on-site at all of UMA’s locations, including both campuses and most UMA centers (Brunswick, East Millinocket, Ellsworth, Houlton, Lewiston, RocklandRumford, Saco, and South Paris), as well as in an online format.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format.  Be sure to click on the tabs listed above to access detailed information for each orientation.

In addition, specialized orientation programs for students in the architecture or nursing programs are offered. Students should contact Eric Stark (621-3249 or eric.stark@maine.edu) for information on the architecture orientation and the Nursing Department at 621-3297 for information on the nursing orientation. Those students taking a class online are encouraged to also view UMA Academic Logistics’ webpage.

Notification of upcoming on-site orientations is mailed approximately three weeks before classes start to all students new to UMA. Students should contact their nearest campus or center for additional information.  The Online New Student Orientation is available anytime.

The RSVP deadline to sign up for the January 15th Orientation on the Augusta campus was on January 8th, and the online reservation form has been deactivated.  You can still access information about the orientation through the letter of invitation, agenda, and orientation programs details.  You are welcome to attend as a walk-in.  You can also participate in the online version of orientation (ONSO).  This is available through the “Online New Student Orientation” tab on this web page.  You are strongly encouraged to participate.

Please contact Sheila Crowley at crowley@maine.edu or at 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176, if you have any questions.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 621-3149/1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3149.

Dear New Student:

Welcome to the University of Maine at Augusta!  We are pleased with your interest in joining our college community.  To ensure your success and a smooth transition to UMA, we have scheduled a New Student Orientation Program for Wednesday, January 15* (snow date: January 16), at our Augusta campus.  It is very important that you attend.

The New Student Orientation Program is specifically designed for all students new to UMA, regardless of where they attend classes, or whether they are first-time, transfer, or returning students.  Noted on the agenda, you will have the opportunity to:

  • tour the campus and familiarize yourself with our facilities;
  • learn more about what to expect at UMA and what UMA expects of you;
  • discover various support services, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement;
  • participate in workshops/activities designed to enhance your college experience (Refer to the “Orientation Program Details” tab for descriptions of these workshops/activities.);
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates

You are welcome to bring family members and friends as guests.  Please indicate on the RSVP form if your guest will be sharing the meal with us.

You must reserve your spot for this event by January 8.  Fill out the online Reservation Form (located under the “Reserve Your Spot” tab).

Once you submit your Reservation Form, we will e-mail a confirmation letter and map to you.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address.  If you don’t have one, we will send your confirmation and map via U.S. mail.  Let us know as soon as possible if you need accommodations/assistance to participate in Orientation.

Orientations are offered on-site at both of UMA’s campuses (Augusta and Bangor), and at most of the University College Centers, and in an online format.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format.  Those students taking a class online are encouraged to also view UMA Academic Logistics’ webpage.  In addition, specialized orientation programs for students in the architecture or nursing programs are offered. Students should contact Eric Stark (621-3249 or eric.stark@maine.edu) for information on the architecture orientation and the Nursing Department at 621-3297 for information on the nursing orientation.

If you have questions about this Orientation Program or the reservation process, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (207) 621-3176 or 1-877-UMA-1234, Ext. 3176, or aaminah.aleem@maine.edu.  I look forward to seeing you on January 15th!

Warmest Regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students

*In the event of poor weather conditions on the date of the orientation, please view television stations OR call 621-3154 for a recorded message OR call 621-3000/1-877-862-1234, and select the option for cancellation notices, OR check online at www.uma.edu.  The snow date is Thursday, January 16, at the same time and the same location. 

    

  • 9:00-9:20 a.m.  
Tour Check-In (Lobby-Randall Student Center)
  • 9:25-10:55 a.m.   

Tour of the Campus (Optional)  (Moose Tracks Café-RSC)

Tour begins promptly at 9:25 a.m.

  • 10:35-10:55 a.m.
Check-In for Orientation (Lobby-RSC)
  • 11:00-11:20 a.m.
Welcome and Overview (Fireplace Lounge-RSC)
  • 11:25-11:50 a.m.
Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities
  • 12:05-12:50 p.m.
Meal and Group Session with a faculty member
  • 12:55-1:50 p.m.  
 Workshop/Activity Session #1

  •  A.  Study Skills for College Success
  •  B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies
  •  C.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College
  •  D.  Taking Care of Business 
  • 1:55-2:50 p.m.
Workshop/Activity Session #2

  •  A. Transfer Credits, Career and Next Steps: Easy In, Easy Out
  •  B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies
  •  C.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College
  •  D.  Taking Care of Business
  •   2:55-3:00 p.m.    
Drawing Prizes and Wrap-Up

 

To select your activities for the orientation, please review the following information and then indicate your choices on the online Reservation Form.

TOUR (optional):  Begins promptly at 9:25 a.m.

For those attending the Augusta campus, the campus tour is a great way to find out who and what is where and how to get there! Traveling by bus and on foot, we’ll visit several buildings (Jewett Hall, Katz Library, Randall Student Center, and others) and learn where to go to inquire about financial aid or registration, attend class, get some exercise, meet your student government representatives, and much more. Important points of interest will also be discussed along the way.  Please be sure to let us know should you require accommodations or assistance to participate in the tour or in any aspect of Orientation.

WORKSHOP/ACTIVITY SESSION #1:  12:55-1:50 p.m.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  Study Skills for College Success

Effective study skills are key to college success, yet few of us have been taught how to study.  Get a head start on your coursework with tips and techniques for effective learning.  Find out how to read college texts, how to take effective notes, and how to save time and reduce frustration as you make college knowledge your own

B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies

Learn more about UMS E-Mail (used for all official communication to students), the UMA Portal (personalized student UMA website allowing single sign-on access to important UMA information, calendar of events, and other electronic technologies), MaineStreet (student information system where students can view and update a wide range of academic information, accept financial aid awards, make payments, and view important messages/announcements), and Blackboard (the software used in many UMA courses—online, ITV, and face-to-face).  Prerequisite:  Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions located further below.)

C.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College

Are you a high school student taking a course or courses at UMA this spring? If so, this is the session for you. We will share helpful tips on how to have a successful semester as well as address some of the most common questions we receive from students and parents/guardians. Topics to be discussed: difference between high school and college, expectations, resources, transcripts, transfer of credits and much more. Students can be taking courses on campus, online or at a site / center and still find value in what will be covered.  Note:  This workshop is only for current high school students..

D.  Taking Care of Business

If you have “unfinished business” to address, you can take this time to visit with staff in their offices.  Be sure to look over your personalized “To Do” list, which will be included in your packet when you check in at orientation.  This list will indicate what items you need to complete and provide other suggested action items.  Staff will be available during this time frame to assist you with your questions and provide direction.

WORKSHOP/ACTIVITY SESSION #2:  1:55-2:50 p.m.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  Transfer Credits, Career, and Next Steps: Easy In, Easy Out

Already have some college credit or experience that may earn credit?  Interested in accelerating your pace to graduation, while making career or grad school plans?  In this session, you will learn about the tools and resources available to make informed decisions as you monitor academic headway and navigate career pathways!  (Open to all students.)

 B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies

Learn more about UMS E-Mail (used for all official communication to students), the UMA Portal (personalized student UMA website allowing single sign-on access to important UMA information, calendar of events, and other electronic technologies), MaineStreet (student information system where students can view and update a wide range of academic information, accept financial aid awards, make payments, and view important messages/announcements), and Blackboard (the software used in many UMA courses—online, ITV, and face-to-face).  Prerequisite:  Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions located further below.)

C.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College

Are you a high school student taking a course or courses at UMA this spring? If so, this is the session for you. We will share helpful tips on how to have a successful semester as well as address some of the most common questions we receive from students and parents/guardians. Topics to be discussed: difference between high school and college, expectations, resources, transcripts, transfer of credits and much more. Students can be taking courses on campus, online or at a site / center and still find value in what will be covered. (Repeat of Session 1) .  Note:  This workshop is only for current high school students..

D.  Taking Care of Business

If you have “unfinished business” to address, you can take this time to visit with staff in their offices.  Be sure to look over your personalized “To Do” list, which will be included in your packet when you check in at orientation.  This list will indicate what items you need to complete and provide other suggested action items.  Staff will be available during this time frame to assist you with your questions and provide direction.

 Activating Your MaineStreet User ID

Whether you are planning to attend the “E-Connections-Understanding UMA Technologies” workshop or not, you can activate your university user ID before Orientation.   This allows you access to MaineStreet (where the university keeps your student information), university e-mail, Blackboard (software used in many classes), UMS wireless system and the campus computers.  Just complete the following:

  • Obtain an activation code by calling 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.
  • After getting your activation code, go to https://mail.maine.edu/um/ActivateAccount.
  • Enter your 7-digit student ID and activation code in the boxes provided and click “continue.” (If you need help locating your 7-digit student ID, contact UMA’s Enrollment and Information Services Center at 621-3185 or 1-877-862-1234.)
  • Fill in answers to a series of textboxes; then click “Activate” to complete the process.

If you have questions, please call University Tech Support at 621-7400 or 1-800-696-HELP.

The RSVP deadline to sign up for the January 15th Orientation on the Augusta campus was on January 8th, and the online reservation form has been deactivated.  You can still access information about the orientation through the letter of invitation, agenda, and orientation programs details.  You are welcome to attend as a walk-in.  You can also participate in the online version of orientation (ONSO).  This is available through the “Online New Student Orientation” tab on this web page.  You are strongly encouraged to participate.

Please contact Sheila Crowley at crowley@maine.edu or at 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176, if you have any questions.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 621-3149/1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3149.

The RSVP deadline to sign up for the January 13th Orientation (snow date: January 14) on the Bangor campus was on January 6th, and the online reservation form has been deactivated.  You can still access information about the Orientation through the invitation, agenda, and orientation program details. You are welcome to attend as a walk-in; please contact Lena Michaud at 262-7810 (or email lmichaud@maine.edu) to let her know that you are coming.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format (ONSO). You can access ONSO anytime through the Online Orientation tab.

If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Advising Center at 207-262-7800.

Dear New Student:

Welcome to UMA-Bangor, a campus of the University of Maine at Augusta!  We are pleased with your interest in joining our college community.  To ensure your success and a smooth transition to UMA, we have scheduled a New Student Orientation Program for Monday, January 13 (*snow date is January 14), at our Bangor campus, Eastport Hall.  Mark your calendar today and fill out the online Reservation Form (located under the “Reserve Your Spot” tab) by January 6, 2020.

The New Student Orientation Program is specifically designed for all students new to UMA-Bangor, regardless of where they attend classes, or whether they are first-time, transfer, or returning students.  Noted on the agenda, you will have the opportunity to:

  • tour the campus and familiarize yourself with our facilities;
  • learn more about what to expect at UMA-Bangor and what UMA-Bangor expects of you;
  • discover a broad range of support services, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement;
  • participate in workshops/activities designed to enhance your college experience;
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates

You are welcome to bring family members and friends as guests.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you need accommodations/assistance to participate in Orientation.

You must reserve your spot for this event by January 6.  Just fill out the online Reservation Form, located under the “Reserve Your Spot” tab.

Orientations are offered on-site at both of UMA’s campuses (Augusta and Bangor), and at most of the University College Centers, and in an online format.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format.  Those students taking a class online are encouraged to also view UMA Academic Logistics’ webpage.  In addition, specialized orientation programs for students in the architecture or nursing programs are offered. Students should contact Eric Stark (621-3249 or eric.stark@maine.edu) for information on the architecture orientation and the Nursing Department at 621-3297 for information on the nursing orientation.

If you have any questions about the New Student Orientation Program process, please contact either Lena Michaud (262-7810) or Colleen Coffey (262-7825).

We look forward to seeing you on January 13th!

Cordially,

Lena Michaud, Director of Enrollment and Advising Services

and

Colleen Coffey, Learning Success Coach

 *In the event of poor weather conditions on the date of the orientation, please view television stations OR call 621-3000/1-877-862-1234, and select the option for cancellation notices, OR 262-7700 OR check online at www.uma.edu.  The snow date is Tuesday, January 14, at the same time and the same location.

8:30 – 9:00 am Check-In:  Eastport Hall Huskins Lounge
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome:  President Wyke, VP Jonathan Henry, Dean Sheri Fraser and Campus Dean Rob Roper
9:15 – 10:15 am Panel of Support Resources: (learning success, advising, counseling, student life, library, TRIO)
10:30- 11:00 am Title IX training with Leslie Devine
11:00-11:30 am E-Connections – Room 104 Computer Lab: (Blackboard, MaineStreet, FRS)
11:30-12:30 noon Lunch with Academic Programs
12:40-1:00 pm Raffle and Wrap-Up
1:00-2:30 pm Taking Care of Business:

  1. Tours/ID cards
  2. Advising if needed

 

 

Panel of Support Resources

A great opportunity to get to know the many wonderful departments and resources you have available to you, and how you can best utilize them in building strong educational relationships and to increase your overall success.

Title IX:  Your Rights & Responsibilities

UMA is dedicated to providing a safe and positive environment for students and employees.  In compliance with Federal Laws, we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to know their rights and responsibilities regarding what is covered under Title IX, and how to report any discrimination based on sex.    

E-Connections- UMA Technologies

Learn more about UMS E-Mail (used for all official communication to students), the UMA Portal (personalized student UMA website allowing single sign-on access to important UMA information, calendar of events, and other electronic technologies), MaineStreet (student information system where students can view and update a wide range of academic information, accept financial aid awards, make payments, and view important messages and announcements), and Blackboard (the software used in many UMA courses—online, ITV, and face-to face).  Prerequisite:  Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions located further below.)

 Raffle and Wrap-Up

We strongly encourage all participants to fill out the Orientation evaluation.  Once we receive your evaluation, you will receive a parting gift for your participation.  We will also have drawings for some awesome UMA gear.

Must be present at time of drawing to win prizes.

Taking Care of Business (Optional)

  • Tours:  A great opportunity to get to know the many wonderful departments and resources you have available to you, and how you can best utilize them in building strong educational relationships and to increase your overall success.  This tour will take you around campus so you will know where each of these departments are located, and who you will see there.  A bus will be used to transport from each building.  Please let us know if any special accommodations for transportation are needed.
  • ID Cards:  Get your UMA student photo identification card.  Once activated, it can be used as a library card, and for computer print services. The card may also be used to receive discounts from participating area businesses, stores, recreational resorts, and entertainment facilities. Students affiliated with an academic program that requires access to the dental health clinic on the Bangor campus or to Handley Hall in Augusta will be able to use their card to access those facilities. There is no charge for the first card.
  • Advising:  You can use this time to receive assistance with selecting your courses for the fall semester, and to have any questions answered!

Activating Your MaineStreet User ID

Whether you are planning to attend the “E-Connections-Understanding UMA Technologies” workshop or not, you can activate your university user ID before Orientation.   This allows you access to MaineStreet (where the university keeps your student information), university e-mail, Blackboard (software used in many classes), UMS wireless system and the campus computers.  Just complete the following:

  • Obtain an activation code by calling 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.
  • After getting your activation code, go to https://mail.maine.edu/um/ActivateAccount.
  • Enter your 7-digit student ID and activation code in the boxes provided and click “continue.” (If you need help locating your 7-digit student ID, contact UMA’s Enrollment and Information Services Center at 621-3185 or 1-877-862-1234.)
  • Fill in answers to a series of textboxes; then click “Activate” to complete the process.

If you have questions, please call University Tech Support at 621-7400 or 1-800-696-HELP.

The online RSVP form has been deactivated.  You are welcome to attend as a walk-in; however, please contact Lena Michaud at 262-7810 (or email lmichaud@maine.edu) to let her know that you are coming.

    • Brunswick: 
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment. Please call 442-7736 for more information.
    • East Millinocket:
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment. Please call 746-5741 for more information.
    • Ellsworth: 
      • Thursday, January 16th, from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.
    • Houlton:
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment. Please call 521-3100 for more information.
    • Lewiston:
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment. Please call 753-6600 for more information.
    • Rockland: 
      • Thursday, January 9th, from 3:00 – 5:30 PM. Please call 596-6906 to sign up.
      • If you are a High School Aspirations student, there is an HSA Orientation session on Wednesday, January 15th, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.
    • Rumford: 
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment. Please call 364-7882 for more information.
    • Saco: 
      • TBD
    • South Paris:  
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment. Please call 743-9322 for more information.

For details, please contact the appropriate center.

While UMA offers on-site orientations and students are invited to experience all orientation options, students are expected to complete the UMA Online New Student Orientation (ONSO).  Of course family and friends of students are welcome to participate in any of the orientation options too, as we know how important their support is to a student’s success.

ONSO provides another flexible, convenient, and easily accessible way to participate in New Student Orientation, particularly for those living at a distance from a UMA facility, for those with scheduling conflicts, and for those who may want this comprehensive type of information before attending an on-site orientation.

In addition, some academic program online orientation modules are available.  These are designed to help students understand program requirements and how to successfully complete their degree program.

Ready to start?

Online New Student Orientation

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM ORIENTATION MODULES

Teacher Preparation Online Orientation

Veterinary Technology Online Orientation