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 Tuesday, August 13.  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.

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.

Dear New Student:

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 Tuesday, August 13 at our Augusta campus.  It is 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” info below 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 August 6 by filling out the online Reservation Form further below.

Once we receive your Reservation, we will e-mail a confirmation letter and map to you.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address.  If you don’t have one, we will send your confirmation and map via U.S. mail.  Let 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 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.

If you have questions about this Orientation Program or the reservation process, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176, or Aaminah Aleem at aaminah.aleem@maine.edu.  I look forward to seeing you on August 13th!

Warmest regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students                                                                             

AGENDA

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 a faculty member
12:55-1:50 p.m. 

Workshop/Activity Session #1

A.  Study Skills for College Success

B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies

C.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College

D.  Taking Care of Business

1:55-2:50 p.m. 

Workshop/Activity Session #2

A.  Transfer Credits, Career, and Next Steps:  Easy In, Easy Out

B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies

C.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College

D.  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.  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 and 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.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College

Are you a high school student taking a course or courses at UMA this Fall? If so, this is the session for you. We will share helpful tips on how to have a successful semester as well as address some of the most common questions we receive from students and parents/guardians. Topics to be discussed: difference between high school and college, expectations, resources, transcripts, transfer of credits and much more. Students can be taking courses on campus, online or at a site/center and still find value in what will be covered.

 D.  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 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 Credits, Career, and Next Steps: Easy In, Easy Out

Already have some college credit or experience that may earn credit?  Interested in accelerating your pace to graduation, while making career or grad school plans?  In this session, you will learn about the tools and resources available to make informed decisions as you monitor academic headway and navigate career pathways!  (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.  High School Students: Tips for Success in Early College

Are you a high school student taking a course or courses at UMA this Fall? If so, this is the session for you. We will share helpful tips on how to have a successful semester as well as address some of the most common questions we receive from students and parents/guardians. Topics to be discussed: difference between high school and college, expectations, resources, transcripts, transfer of credits and much more. Students can be taking courses on campus, online or at a site / center and still find value in what will be covered. (Repeat of Session 1)

 D.  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 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.

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
12:00-12:10 p.m. Pick up Lunch
12:10-12:55 p.m. Lunch w/Staff
12:55-3:30 p.m. Scavenger Tour
3:35-4:00 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, August 12.  Please read through the information (letter of invitation, agenda, orientation details) before submitting your online RSVP.

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

Dear New Student:

Welcome to UMA-Bangor, a campus of 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 Monday, August 12, at our Bangor campus, Eastport Hall.  Mark your calendar today and fill out the online Reservation Form by August 5, 2019.

The New Student Orientation Program is specifically designed for all students new to UMA-Bangor, 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-Bangor and what UMA-Bangor expects of you;
  • discover a broad range of support services, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement;
  • participate in workshops/activities designed to enhance your college experience;
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates

You are welcome to bring family members and friends as guests.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you need accommodations/assistance to participate in Orientation.

You may want to participate in multiple orientations.  In addition to this New Student Orientation Program on the Bangor campus, UMA provides an orientation at our Augusta campus.  Orientations are offered at most University College Centers.  Dates and contacts for those are also listed (see the University College Centers tab). An online orientation is also available by clicking on the Online New Student Orientation tab.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format.  Those students taking online classes are encouraged to also view University College Learning Services’ “Success in Online Learning” program. And, 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. Special Note:  Students attending the Bangor Orientation, who have completed the online orientation by August 12, will be entered into a raffle.

If you have any questions about the New Student Orientation Program process, please contact either Lena Michaud (262-7810 or lmichaud@maine.edu) or Colleen Coffey (262-7825 or colleen.coffey@maine.edu).

We look forward to seeing you on August 12th!

Cordially,

Lena Michaud

Director of Enrollment and Advising Services

and

Colleen Coffey

Learning Success Coach

8:30-9:00 a.m. Check-In (Eastport Hall Huskins Lounge)
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome with Dr. Rebecca Wyke, President; Sheri Fraser, Dean of Students; Jon Henry, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing; and, Rob Roper, Dean of UMA Bangor Campus
(Eastport Hall, Room 124)
9:15-10:00 a.m. Panel of Support Resources – Learning Success, Advising/One-Stop, Counseling, Student Life, Library, TRIO (Eastport Hall, Room 124)
10:00-10:30
Title IX: Your Rights and Responsibilities with Laura Rodas, Associate Dean of Students (Eastport Hall, Room 124)
10:30-10:40 a.m. BREAK
10:40-11:30 a.m. E-Connections:  UMA Technologies (Room 104 & Library Computer Lab)  To participate in this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions, which are listed in the Orientation Program Details tab.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch with Academic Programs (Huskins Lounge)
12:40-1:00 p.m. Kahoots Game, Raffle and Prizes! (Eastport Hall, Room 124)
1:00-2:30 p.m. Taking Care of Business:

  • Tours
  • ID cards
  • Advising, if needed
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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 and announcements), and Blackboard (the software used in many UMA courses—online, ITV, and face-to face).  

Prerequisite: To participate in this presentation, 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.

Kahoots Game, Raffle 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 great prizes that includes:

  • A drawing for a prize for completing the Online New Student Orientation prior to the in-person orientation.
  • Other drawings for awesome UMA Gear.

Must be present at time of drawing to win prizes.

Taking Care of Business

  • Tours:  A great opportunity to get to know the many wonderful departments and resources you have available to you, and how you can best utilize them in building strong educational relationships and to increase your overall success.  This tour will take you around campus so you will know where each of these departments are located, and who you will see there.  A bus will be used to transport from each building.  Please let us know if any special accommodations for transportation are needed.
  • ID Cards:  Get your UMA student photo identification card.  Once activated, it can be used as a library card, and for computer print services. The card may also be used to receive discounts from participating area businesses, stores, recreational resorts, and entertainment facilities. Students affiliated with an academic program that requires access to the dental health clinic on the Bangor campus or to Handley Hall in Augusta will be able to use their card to access those facilities. There is no charge for the first card.
  • Advising:  You can use this time to receive assistance with selecting your courses for the fall semester, and to have any questions answered!
    • 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 Location: 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.

Ready to start?

Online New Student Orientation