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 (Vicki Loubier at 621-3297 or vloubier@maine.edu) for information on the nursing orientation. Those students taking a class online are encouraged to also view UMA Academic Logistics’ “Success in Online Learning” program.

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 next New Student Orientation on the Augusta campus will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020–with a snow date of Thursday, January 16.  Information about the orientation will be available in late November.  Please visit this web page then when a letter of invitation, agenda, and orientation program details will be posted.  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.

An orientation specific to students living in the Stevens Commons Housing is scheduled for Friday, August 30.  Those students should view the Housing Orientation tab and sign up for that event. Please read through the information below about the orientation (letter of invitation, agenda, and orientation programs details) before you RSVP.

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176, or Aaminah Aleem (aaminah.aleem@maine.edu) 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.

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Coming in late November!

The online RSVP has been deactivated until late November.

Welcome to our Stevens Commons students!  We have designed an orientation specifically for you.  Your day on Friday, August 30, will begin on the Augusta Campus, Randall Student Center Lobby.  Please read through the information below (schedule, orientation assignment) before reserving your spot via the online RSVP form.

Please note that, in order to move into Stevens Commons on August 29th, you must attend the August 30th Housing Orientation.  If you are not able to attend the August 30th Orientation, you are invited to participate in the general August 13th Orientation (please see August 13th tab for FMI and to RSVP).

Please contact the Dean of Students Office (621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176 or aaminah.aleem@maine.edu), 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.

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.

11:00-11:15 a.m. Check-In (Lobby-Randall Student Center)
11:15-11:35 a.m. Welcome
11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities
12:00-12:05 p.m. Pick up Lunch
12:05-12:45 p.m. Lunch w/Staff
12:50-3:20 p.m. Scavenger Tour
3:20-3:30 p.m. Drawing Prizes and Wrap Up

One small, but important, task needs to be completed before the August 30th Housing Orientation.  And….that is activating your MaineStreet User ID.   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.

Here’s what you do:

  • 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 or need assistance with this process, please call University Tech Support at 621-7400 or 1-800-696-HELP.

 

The next New Student Orientation on the Bangor campus will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020–with a snow date of Tuesday, January 14.  Information about the orientation will be available in late November.  Please visit this web page then when a letter of invitation, agenda, and orientation program details will be posted.  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 have questions about orientation, please contact Lena Michaud at 262-7810 (or email mailto:l.michaud@maine.edu).  If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Advising Center at 207-262-7800.

Coming in late November!

Coming in late November!

 

Coming in late November!

The RSVP form has been deactivated until late November.

    • Brunswick: 
      • Thursday, August 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    • East Millinocket:
      • Individual orientations are held. Please call 207-746-5741 for more information.
    • Ellsworth: 
      • Wednesday, August 21, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
    • Houlton:
      • Tuesday, August 20, 5:00-6:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, August 21, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Lewiston:
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment.  Call 753-6600.
    • Rockland: 
      • New Students:  Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon OR Thursday, August 22, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
      • High School Aspirations Students:  Wednesday, August 28, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Rumford: 
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment.  Call 364-7882.
    • Saco: 
      • Thursday, August 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. OR 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    • South Paris:  
      • Individual orientations are available by appointment.  Call 743-9322.

For details, please contact the appropriate center.

While UMA offers on-site orientations and students are invited to experience all orientation options, they are expected to complete the online format. The online orientation provides another flexible, convenient, and easily accessible way to participate, 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.

Of course, family and friends of students are welcome to participate, too, as we know how important their support is to a student’s success.

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Online New Student Orientation