Orientation is an opportunity for students to get to know UMA and to prepare for a successful college experience.  (PLEASE NOTE:  students should read the information regarding the 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.


An in-person, on-site orientation for the Augusta campus will not be held for the Fall 2021 semester.  Participation in orientation is available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.  Instructions to access ONSO are further below.

In addition, students are enthusiastically encouraged to join in on UMA’s Trail Blazer Series for fall, which will begin the week of August 23rd.  The series features a variety of workshops encompassing the subjects of academic success, financial literacy, mindfulness, student success, and more.  Details, as they become available, as well as a workshop registration form, can be found on the MyUMA portal calendar.  For more information, please contact Ben Bucklin, Coordinator of First-Year Experience and Professional Guide.

Those students who will be living at Stevens Commons Housing should contact Kim Kenniston, Residence Manager, for details about that orientation plan.

Accessing ONSO (Online New Student Orientation)

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.

An in-person, on-site orientation for the Bangor campus will not be held for the Fall 2021 semester.  Participation in orientation is available through the Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) format.  Instructions to access ONSO are further below.

In addition, students are enthusiastically encouraged to join in on UMA’s Trail Blazer Series for fall, which will begin the week of August 23rd.  The series features a variety of workshops encompassing the subjects of academic success, financial literacy, mindfulness, student success, and more.  Details, as they become available, as well as a workshop registration form, can be found on the MyUMA portal calendar.  For more information, please contact Ben Bucklin, Coordinator of First-Year Experience and Professional Guide.

Accessing ONSO (Online New Student Orientation)

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.

  • Brunswick:

    • Tuesday, August 24, 2021: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (in-person)

To sign up for this session, please click here.

  • East Millinocket:

    • Contact the East Millinocket Center to schedule an individual orientation session by calling 207-746-5741 or email dvoisine@maine.edu.
  • Ellsworth: 

Please select one session (all are offered via Zoom) listed below that best meets your schedule. To sign up for orientation, please click here.

    • Tuesday, August 17, 2021:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (via Zoom)
    • Thursday, August 19, 2021:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m (via Zoom)
    • Wednesday, August 25, 2021: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

For more information, please call 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:

Please select one session (all are in-person) listed below that best meets your schedule.  Individual orientations can also be scheduled by calling 207-753-6600.

    • Monday, August 23, 2021: 1:00 -3:00 p,m.
    • Wednesday, August 25, 2021: 5:00-7:00pm

To sign up for either of these sessions, please click here.

  • Rockland: 

Please select one session (all are in-person) listed below that best meets your schedule.

    • 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)

For more information and to sign up for orientation, please call 207-596-6906 or email umarockland@maine.edu.

  • Rumford:

Please select one session (all are in-person) listed below that best meets your schedule. Individual orientations can also be scheduled by calling 207-364-7882.
    • Tuesday, August 24, 2021: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, August 26, 2021: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
To sign up for either of these sessions, please click here.
  • Saco: 

    • Tuesday, August 24, 2021: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (in-person)

For more information and to sign up for orientation, please call 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

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