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Orientation - Fall Welcome Weekend


Hearty Maine Hello and Welcome to the University of Maine! We look forward to seeing you at Fall Welcome Weekend 2014, August 29th through September 1st. This program is for all new first-year and transfer students starting in the fall 2014 semester. You do not need to pre-register for this event, but be sure to stop by the Memorial Union to receive the most up to date Fall Welcome Weekend schedule between 8am and 4pm. For more information, please call 207.581.1561 or email

New Commuters Welcome Day

All new commuter students are invited to attend the New Commutters Welcome Day on Thursday, August 28th, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, in the Memorial Union.  To view the schedule, visit the Commuter and Non-Traditional Students Programs website.  For more information, please call 207.581.1734.

Maine Hello Residence Hall Move-In

All new first-year and transfer students living on-campus move-in on Friday, August 29th.  Please refer to the Maine Hello Info and Schedule to plan your residence hall move-in.  For more information, please call the First Year Experience office at 207.581.1420.

New Student Orientation Meetings

For students who were unable to attend the Summer Orientation sessions, please view the New Student Orientation Checklist. There will also be New Student Orientation Meetings on Friday, August 29th from 8am to 4pm every hour on the hour in the Memorial Union.

Note to Families

Family members are welcome to accompany their students to help them settle into their new homes and participate in some of the events planned on the first day of Fall Welcome Weekend on Friday, August 29th.

Fall Welcome Weekend Tentative Schedule

Listed below is the tentative schedule of some of the events planned. You will receive a final detailed schedule with event descriptions, times, and locations at the Memorial Union on August 29th.

Friday, August 29
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Orientation Help Desk
Main Lobby, Memorial Union
8:00 am – 4:00 pm New Student Orientation Meetings
Bangor Room, Memorial Union
Start every hour on the hour. Last meeting at 3:00 pm.
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Maine Hello Residence Hall Move-In
Residence Halls
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Bookstore Annual Tent Sale
DTAV Community Building Parking Lot
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Academic Offices and Student Services Open
Campus Wide
8:00 am – 7:00 pm Bear Necessities Annual Tent Sale
Alfond Arena Parking Lot
10:00 am – 2:00 pm UMaine Community Fair
Ground Floor, Memorial Union
1:00 pm & 2:00 pm Explore Orono with the Orono Village Association
Depart from Union Circle
Saturday, August 30
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Orono Farmer’s Market
Steamplant Parking Lot
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Orientation Help Desk
Main Lobby, Memorial Union
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bear Necessities Annual Tent Sale
Alfond Arena Parking Lot
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Traditions Ceremony and Class Picture
Fogler Library Front Steps (Rain Location: Field House)
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm President’s Annual Dinner on the Mall
University Mall (Rain Location: Field House)
6:00 pm UMaine Football vs. Norfolk State
Alfond Stadium
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Reality U! The Sequel
Hauck Auditorium, Class of 1944 Hall
10:00 pm – Midnight Comedian
Hauck Auditorium, Class of 1944 Hall
Sunday, August 31
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Orientation Help Desk
Main Lobby, Memorial Union
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Army ROTC Open House
Army ROTC Office, Memorial Gym
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Canoeing and Stand-Up Paddle Sports on the Stillwater River
Meet at the river dock near the Steamplant Parking Lot
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Shopping Trips to Kmart
Depart at Union Circle
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Fitness Showcase
Student Recreation and Fitness Center
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Maine Bound Climbing Wall
Maine Bound Adventure Center
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Reality U! The Sequel Matinee Show
Hauck Auditorium, Class of 1944 Hall
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Multicultural Programs Welcome
Room 312, Memorial Union
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm LGBTQ Student Welcome
Room 224 Memorial Union
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Out-of-State Students Gathering
Bangor Room, Memorial Union
9:00 pm – Midnight Black Bear Block Party
Somerset Parking Lot
Monday, September 1
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Orientation Help Desk
Main Lobby, Memorial Union
10:00 am – 11:00 am College Success Strategies Presentation
Room 101, Neville Hall
11:00 am & 1:00 pm Fogler Library Tours
Fogler Library
11:00 am – 1:00 pm The Greek Grill
Hilltop Quad
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm School of Performing Arts Welcome
Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall
5:30 – 6:30 pm Honors College Meeting
Room 101, Neville Hall

Additional Information

For more information related to new students and parents, be sure to visit Useful Links and Publications.

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Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions
5713 Chadbourne Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5713
Phone: 207.581.1561 | Toll-free: 1.877.4UM.ADMIT | Fax: 207.581.1213E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System