Several opportunities for new students to get to know UMA and to prepare for a successful college experience are available at both campuses and UMA centers (Brunswick, East Millinocket, Ellsworth, Houlton, Lewiston, RocklandRumford, and Saco).  (PLEASE NOTE:  students should read the information regarding the plans in place for each location.  Please view those tabs further below for details.)

Most activities are available to 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.

By participating in any of those opportunities, 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
  • connect and engage with UMA community and culture
  • know whom to contact to ask questions and express concerns

Some activities are:

  • Trail Blazer Series offering a variety of workshops
  • “Onboarding Process” for new degree students
  • Welcome Events during the first few weeks of classes on both campuses
  • Online New Student Orientation (ONSO)

ONSO (Online New Student Orientation) completion is strongly encouraged and is available anytime.

In addition, specialized programs for students new to 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 event and the Nursing Department at (207) 621-3297 for information on the nursing event. Those students taking a class online are encouraged to also view UMA Academic Logistics’ webpage.


  • 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 22nd. The series features a variety of workshops encompassing the subjects of academic success, organizational skills, 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.
  • Numerous activities are hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Government Association during the first few weeks of classes. These events aim to welcome and acclimate students to the Augusta campus and to provide opportunities to have lots and lots of fun. Be sure to keep an eye on the Student Scoop (coming to your email on 6/27 and 8/1) and be sure to follow UMA Student Life  on Facebook and Instagram!
  • For those students newly admitted into a degree program, the Advising Office will reach out to you to begin the onboarding process.
  • Students who will be living at Stevens Commons Housing should contact Kim Kenniston, Director of Residence Life, for details about any welcome plans.

If you have questions, please contact Sheila Crowley at crowley@maine.edu or at (207) 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at (207) 621-3149/1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3149.

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.

  • 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 22nd. The series features a variety of workshops encompassing the subjects of academic success, organizational skills, 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.
  • Numerous activities are hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Government Association during the first few weeks of classes. These events aim to welcome and acclimate students to the Bangor campus and to provide opportunities to have lots and lots of fun. Be sure to keep an eye on the Student Scoop (coming to your email on 6/27 and 8/1) and be sure to follow UMA Student Life and UMA Bangor Student Life on Facebook and Instagram!
  • For those students newly admitted into a degree program, the Advising Office will reach out to you to begin the onboarding process.

If you have questions about orientation, please contact Lena Michaud (207-262-7810 or lmichaud@maine.edu).   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 207-262-7800.

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 if you have any questions about orientation. If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 207-262-7800.

  • Brunswick:

    • Participation in Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) is strongly recommended. Please view the ONSO information further below.  Follow-up individual meetings are available to answer any specific questions.  Please call 207-442-7736 or email umabrunswick@maine.edu.
  • East Millinocket:

    • TBD
  • Ellsworth: 

    • Tuesday, August 23, 2022:   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (via Zoom)
    • Thursday August 25, 2022:   4:00 – 6:30 PM (in-person)

To sign up for the option that best meets your schedule, fill out the New Student Registration Form.  For more information, please call 207-667-3897 or email umaellsworth@maine.edu.

  • Houlton:

    • Participation in Online New Student Orientation (ONSO) is strongly recommended. Please view the ONSO information further below.  Follow-up individual meetings are available to answer any specific questions.  Please call 207-521-3100 or email houlton-hhec@maine.edu.
  • Lewiston:

    • Starting 7/1/22:  Individual new student orientations will be available by appointment, both virtually and in-person, by calling 753-6600 or emailing umalewiston@maine.edu.
  • Rockland: 

    • Wednesday, August 17, 2022:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

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

  • Rumford:

    • Starting 7/1/22:  Individual new student orientations will be available by appointment, both virtually and in-person, by calling 364-7882 or emailing umarumford@maine.edu.
  • Saco: 

    • Thursday, August 18, 2022:  5:00 PM

For more information and to sign up for orientation, please call 207-282-4111 or email umasaco@maine.edu.

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

Students are expected to complete the UMA Online New Student Orientation (ONSO).  ONSO provides a 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.

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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