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 (207-621-3249 or eric.stark@maine.edu) for information on the architecture orientation and the Nursing Department at (207) 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.


With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety by following the guidelines on group gatherings, on-site orientations for the Augusta campus have not been held.  Decisions regarding the August 2021 Orientations will be made during the summer.  As information becomes available, details will be posted. Participation in orientation is always available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.

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.

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, Brightspace (software used in many classes), UMS wireless system and the campus computers.  Just complete the following:

  • Obtain an activation code by calling (207) 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 207-621-3185 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 (207) 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.

Please contact Sheila Crowley at crowley@maine.edu or at (207) 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 (207) 621-3149/1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3149.

With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety by following the guidelines on group gatherings, on-site orientations for the Bangor campus have not been held. Decisions regarding the August 2021 Orientations will be made during the summer.  As information becomes available, details will be posted. Participation in orientation is always available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.

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.

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, Brightspace (software used in many classes), UMS wireless system and the campus computers.  Just complete the following:

  • Obtain an activation code by calling (207) 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 207-621-3185 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 (207) 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.

Please contact either Lena Michaud (207-262-7810 or lmichaud@maine.edu) or Colleen Coffey (207-262-7825 or colleen.coffey@maine.edu), if you have any questions about orientation.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at (207) 262-7800.

With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety by following the guidelines on group gatherings, on-site orientations currently are not being held.  Plans and contact information for each center is posted below.  Please reach out to your center if you have any questions or if you need assistance with registering for classes.

  • Brunswick:

    • Contact the Brunswick Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.442.7736 or email umabrunswick@maine.edu.
  • East Millinocket:

    • Contact the East Millinocket Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.746.5741 or email dvoisine@maine.edu.
  • Ellsworth: 

    • Contact the Ellsworth Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.667.3897 or email umaellsworth@maine.edu.
  • Houlton:

    • Contact the Houlton Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.521.3100 or email umahoulton@maine.edu.
  • Lewiston:

    • Contact the Lewiston Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.753.6600 or email umalewiston@maine.edu.

  • Rockland: 

    • Thursday, August 19, 2021:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon OR 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 25, 2021:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Early College Students Only)

FMI, call 207.596.6906 or email umarockland@maine.edu.

  • Rumford:

    • Contact the Rumford Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.364.7882 or email umarumford@maine.edu.

  • Saco: 

    • Contact the Saco Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207.282.4111 or email umasaco@maine.edu.

Participation in orientation is always available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.  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.

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, Brightspace (software used in many classes), UMS wireless system and the campus computers.  Just complete the following:

  • Obtain an activation code by calling (207) 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 207-621-3185 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 (207) 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.

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

Cybersecurity Online Orientation

Mental Health and Human Services Online Orientation

Veterinary Technology Online Orientation