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 (BrunswickEllsworth, 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 the College of Arts and Sciences for information on the architecture orientation and the College of Professional Studies 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 RSVP deadline to sign up for the January 16th Orientation on the Augusta campus was on January 9th, 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.

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.

Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format (ONSO).  You can access ONSO through the Online Orientation tab.

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 16* (snow date: January 17), 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 9.  Fill out the online Reservation Form, located under the “Reserve Your Spot” tab.  Once we receive your Reservation Form, we will e-mail a confirmation letter and map to you.  Please be sure to include your e-mail addressLet 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 Logistrics’ “Success in Online Learning” program.  In addition, specialized orientation programs for students in the architecture or nursing programs are offered. Students should contact the College of Arts and Sciences for information on the architecture orientation and the College of Professional Studies 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 16th!

     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 17, at the same time and the same location.

Randall Student Center

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

(Augusta Campus)

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

9:25-10:55 a.m.     Tour of the Campus (Optional) Tour begins promptly at 9:25 a.m. (Moose Tracks Café-RSC)

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 faculty member and staff member

12:55-1:50 p.m.     Session 1 Workshops/Activity (To assist in your  selection, please read the  “Orientation Program Details” tab for workshop description and requirements.)

  • Homework: Study Skills for College Success
  • E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies
  • Taking Care of Business

1:55-2:50 p.m.       Session 2 Workshops/Activity  (To assist in your selection, please read the  “Orientation Program Details” tab for workshop description and requirements.)

  • Transfer: Get Credit for What You Know
  • E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies
  • 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.  Homework: 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 further below.

 C.  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 in Room 255 Randall Student Center 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:  Get Credit for What You Know

Already have some college credit?  Interested in accelerating your pace to graduation?  Students in this session will learn how to monitor their academic headway through UMA’s Degree Progress tool.  Questions regarding transfer will be addressed, and information will be shared on how to earn college credits through portfolio assessment, credential review and credit-by-examination.  (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 below.

 C.  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 in Room 255 Randall Student Center 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.

Click here by January 9 to reserve your spot!

The RSVP deadline to sign up for the January 14th Orientation on the Bangor campus was on January 7th, and the online reservation form has been deactivated.  You can still access information about the Orientation through the brochure, letter, and orientation program details. You are welcome to attend as a walk-in.  Contact Lena Michaud at 262-7810 (or email l.michaud@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 through the Online Orientation tab.

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

Welcome to UMA Bangor!  We are pleased with your interest in joining our college community.  To ensure your success and a smooth transition to UMA Bangor, we have scheduled a New Student Orientation Program for Monday, January 14* (snow date: January 15), at our Bangor 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 7.  Fill out the online Reservation Form, located under the “Reserve Your Spot” tab.  Once we receive your Reservation Form, we will e-mail a confirmation letter and map to you.  Please be sure to include your e-mail addressLet 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 Logistrics’ “Success in Online Learning” program.

If you have questions about this Orientation Program or the reservation process, please contact UMA Bangor’s Enrollment and Advising Services at (207) 262-7804 or 1-877-UMA-1234, Ext. 7804, or email kirsten.hallowell@maine.edu.  I look forward to seeing you on January 14th!

Warmest regards,

Lena Michaud

Director of Enrollment and Advising

UMA Bangor Campus

*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 check online at www.uma.edu.  The snow date is Tuesday, January 15, 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 and Overview

9:15 – 10:15 am               Panel of Support Resources (learning success, advising, counseling, student life, library, TRIO)

10:30- 11:00 am               Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities

11:00-11:30 am                E-Connections:  Room 102 Computer Lab (Blackboard, MaineStreet, FRS)

11:30 am-12:30 pm         Lunch with Academic Programs

12:40-1:00 pm                  Raffle and Wrap-Up

1:00-2:30 pm                    Taking Care of Business:

>Tours/ID cards

>Advising if needed

 

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/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 listed below

  • 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 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.

Orientation Wrap-Up and Prizes

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

If you have “unfinished business” to address, such as familiarizing yourself with the campus, obtaining your student ID card, and/or getting advising assistance, you can take this time to do this.

THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THE SPRING 2019 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION!!

Click here by January 7 to reserve your spot!

    • Brunswick: 
      • Thursday, January 10th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Sign-up here or call 442-7736.
    • East Millinocket:
      • Individual orientations are held. Please call 207-746-5741 for more information.
    • Ellsworth: 
      • Wednesday, January 16th, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
    • Houlton:
      • TBD
    • Lewiston Location: 
    • Rockland: 
      • One session for New Students – Thursday, January 10th, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
      • One session for High School Aspirations – Tuesday, January 15th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Rumford: 
    • Saco: 
      • Tuesday, January 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Sign up here or call 282-4111.
    • South Paris: 

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.

Ready to start?

Online New Student Orientation