UMA Ellsworth offers a new student orientation prior to the start of fall and spring semesters. All new and transfer students are encouraged to attend these new student orientations. The next new student orientation for Spring ’19 will be held on Wednesday, January 16, from 4:30 to 7pm. You will meet other new students, a few current students, and Center staff. Learn about student support services, computer resources, library services, as well as videoconferencing (VC) and interactive television (ITV) classroom communication and procedures.

New students, are you activated? If not, please immediately activate your UMS account and create a password. Here’s the quick guide to walk you through the process. Need assistance? Call 1-800-696-4357 or email help@maine.edu. Please bring your UMS account/password with you to orientation.


Review syllabus. Check that your computer is ready for online classes. Make a calendar of due dates. Ask questions & get answers. Understand Learning Expectations. Access Blackboard early & often.

Blackboard Essentials for Students

Now with a 5 minute QUICK START – Students enroll here.


New student orientation is held each semester, during the week before the beginning of classes. Orientation is a great chance to ask questions, meet other new students and center staff members.

At Orientation you will learn about:Off like a rocket!

  • MaineStreet and your “Student Center”
  • Your University e-mail account
  • The University’s computerized library system
  • How to request a library card
  • What to do with BlackBoard
  • How online and ITV classes work
  • What college professors expect
  • How to be prepared for the first few weeks of class

For new student orientation information call 667-3897.