Orientation is an opportunity for students to get to know UMA and to prepare for a successful college experience.  (PLEASE NOTE that due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 virus, students should read the information regarding the alternative plans in place for each orientation by location.  Please view those tabs for details.)

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, and Saco), 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.

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August is typically the time when in-person (campus or center locations) New Student Orientations are held for the fall semester.  With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety by following the guidelines on group gatherings, the on-site orientation for the Augusta campus will not be held.  Instead, participation in orientation is available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.  Some workshops and discussions to enhance that experience will be available in September and October via zoom.  We will publish more details here as they become available.

In the meantime, please access ONSO by clicking on the “Online New Student Orientation” tab on this web page.  You will need to enter your name and seven digit MaineStreet Student ID number at the start of ONSO.  Doing this will document your participation for University records.  If you need help locating, or activating your MaineStreet Student ID number, please view the “Activating Your MaineStreet User ID” directions further below.

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

Those students who will be living at Stevens Commons Housing should view the “Housing Orientation” tab on this web page for details about that orientation plan.

Activating Your MaineStreet User ID

Activating your university user ID 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 1-800-696-4357.

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

August is typically the time when in-person (campus or center locations) New Student Orientations are held for the fall semester.  With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety by following the guidelines on group gatherings, the on-site orientation for the Bangor campus will not be held.  Instead, participation in orientation is available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.  Some workshops and discussions to enhance that experience will be available in September and October via zoom.  We will publish more details here as they become available.

In the meantime, please access ONSO by clicking on the “Online New Student Orientation” tab on this web page.  You will need to enter your name and seven digit MaineStreet Student ID number at the start of ONSO. Doing this will document your participation for University records.  If you need help locating, or activating your MaineStreet Student ID number, please view the “Activating Your MaineStreet User ID” directions further below.

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

Those students who will be living at Stevens Commons Housing should view the “Housing Orientation” tab on this web page for details about that orientation plan.

Activating Your MaineStreet User ID

Activating your university user ID 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 1-800-696-4357.

Please contact either Lena Michaud (262-7810 or lmichaud@maine.edu) or Colleen Coffey (262-7825 or colleen.coffey@maine.edu), if you have any questions about orientation.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 262-7800.

August is typically the time when in-person New Student Orientations are held for the fall semester.  With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety by following the guidelines on group gatherings, on-site orientations will not be held.  Instead, participation in the UMA Centers Orientations is available through a zoom format.  Please see the dates/times that are available for each UMA Center.

    • Brunswick: 

      • Wednesday, August 19th:  10:00-11:30 a.m. (zoom format)  More details to come.
      • Thursday, August 20th:  3:00-4:30 p.m. (zoom format)  More details to come.
    • East Millinocket:

      • TBD
    • Ellsworth: 

      • Tuesday, August 18th:  5:00-6:30 p.m. (zoom format)  More details to come.  Limit of 8 students.
      • Thursday, August 20th:  10:00-11:30 a.m. (zoom format)  More details to come.  Limit of 8 students.
      • Tuesday, August 25th:  1:00-2:30 p.m. (zoom format)  More details to come.  Limit of 8 students.
      • Thursday, August 27th:  5:00-6:30 p.m. (zoom format)  More details to come.  Limit of 8 students.
    • Houlton:

      • TBD
    • Lewiston:

      • Monday, July 20th: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.  If you have questions, please call 753-6600 or email: umalewiston@maine.edu.
      • Wednesday, July 22nd: 9:00-10:30 a.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.  If you have questions, please call 753-6600 or email: umalewiston@maine.edu.
      • Thursday, August 6th: 12:00-1:30 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.  If you have questions, please call 753-6600 or email: umalewiston@maine.edu.
      • Friday, August 21st:  9:00-10:30 a.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.  If you have questions, please call 753-6600 or email: umalewiston@maine.edu.
      • Tuesday, August 25th:  6:00-7:30 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.  If you have questions, please call 753-6600 or email: umalewiston@maine.edu.
    • Rockland: 

      • Wednesday, August 19th:  10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.
      • Thursday, August 20th:  4:00-5:30 p.m. (zoom format)   Please RSVP through this form.
      • High School Aspirations Students: Wednesday, August 26th:  4:00-5:00 p.m. (zoom format-one session)  Please RSVP through this form.
    • Rumford:

      • Wednesday, August 19th:  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.  If you have questions, please call 364-7882 or email: umarumford@maine.edu.
      • Thursday, August 20th:  3:00-5:00 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form. If you have questions, please call 364-7882 or email: umarumford@maine.edu.
    • Saco: 

      • Wednesday, August 19th:  4:00-6:00 p.m. (zoom format)  Please RSVP through this form.

For details, please contact the appropriate center.

  • Friday, August 28th (More details to follow.)

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.

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Online New Student Orientation

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM ORIENTATION MODULES

Teacher Preparation Online Orientation

Veterinary Technology Online Orientation