Summer Orientation


Hearty Maine Hello and welcome to the Summer Orientation 2017 information page. This orientation program is for first-year and transfer students starting in the Fall 2017 semester. Each Summer Orientation session is a two-day event arranged by College or Program. Students will have the opportunity to interact with deans, faculty, and students from their academic program; acquire information about class scheduling and registration; and learn about campus services and activities. The New Student Orientation staff will assist you and your guests throughout your orientation session as we welcome you to UMaine.

Session Dates and Registration Information

Click the session that you would like to attend below. Be sure to select the session designated for your College or Program.

Session 1: Mon & Tue, June 26 & 27, 2017

  • Explorations Undecided
  • Explorations Pre-Business
  • Explorations Pre-Engineering
  • College of Education and Human Development

Session 2: Tue & Wed, June 27 & 28, 2017

  • College of Engineering
  • School of Engineering Technology
  • Maine Business School

Session 3: Wed & Thur, June 28 & 29, 2017

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Session 4: Thur & Fri, June 29 & 30, 2017

  • College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture

For more information, disability accommodation requests, or airport/bus pick up service, please call (207) 581-1561 or email

Tentative Agenda

We are planning many activities and events to welcome you to the UMaine community. Each orientation session starts at 12:30 p.m. on the first day and ends at 11:30 a.m. on the second day. Click below to view the most up-to-date Summer Orientation 2017 Agenda.

Summer Orientation 2017 Agenda

Non-Traditional Students

UMaine recognizes that you may have some unique needs as a new student. Visit the Commuter and Non-Traditional student website at or call (207) 581-1734 for information about a special summer orientation schedule designed to meet your needs.

Information for Parents and Guests

Family members are encouraged to attend Summer Orientation and to participate in a schedule of events apart from the students. Meetings with academic deans and special interest sessions are among the programs planned especially for parents and guests. Students will stay overnight in one of the residence halls on campus. Parents and guests, please see below for some of the local lodging information:

Four Points Sheraton
308 Godfrey Boulevard, Bangor, ME 04401

Black Bear Inn Conference Center & Suites
4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473
(207) 866-7120
Be sure to ask for the “UMaine Orientation Rate”

University Inn Academic Suites
5 College Avenue, Orono, ME 04473
(207) 866-4921
Be sure to ask for the “UMaine Orientation Rate”

Milford Motel on the River
174 Main Road (US Route 2), Milford, ME 04461

For more information about area attractions and lodging, visit the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce website at

While on campus for Summer Orientation, students’ families are welcome to make use of the pool and workout facilities at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, and the indoor rock climbing wall at the Maine Bound Adventure Center.

Before Coming to Summer Orientation

To make your orientation session more productive, we highly recommend students to have done the following:

  • Paid the $300 confirmation deposit
  • Activated your MaineStreet portal and account
  • Activated your FirstClass email account
  • Applied for on-campus housing
  • Taken the math placement test
  • Submitted your immunization records
  • Sign your financial responsibility statement
  • Researched the August Options Trips to see if you’re interested.
  • Reviewed essential UMaine services such as MaineCard (Maine ID card), bookstore, dining, housing, health and medical, residential mail, student job at dining, plus mandatory immunization or info releases, parking & transportation, and residence life’s First Year Experience.

For more information about the items listed above, visit or call (207) 581-1561.

What to Bring During Orientation

  • Be sure to have your MaineStreet ID and password handy
  • A form of identification such as your driver’s license, state ID, passport, or high school ID (with picture)
  • Toiletries, change of clothes and an alarm clock for the overnight stay. Consider bringing active gear for activities at the Recreation Center.
  • Bedding and towels will be provided in the residence halls
Frequently Asked Questions

Should I attend Summer Orientation?
Yes! You will be able to get your MaineCard (student ID), information about reserving your books for the fall, meet current UMaine students and future classmates, get to know the campus and find your way around, and much more!

I am a transfer student, is Summer Orientation just for first-year students?
All new students, including first-year and transfer students, are invited to attend Summer Orientation. Sessions and activities during Summer Orientation are applicable to all new students.

What time does Summer Orientation start and do I have to attend both days?
Summer Orientation is a two-day event; it begins at 12:30 pm on the first day and ends around 11:30 am the second day. We encourage all students and family to attend both days as each day has a specific purpose.

Can I only come a day that is assigned to my College or Program? For instance, if I’m in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, can I attend an orientation session on a different date assigned to a different college?
It is to your advantage to attend an orientation session assigned to your College or Program for academic advising. If you attend on a date reserved for a different college or program, you may not have the opportunity to meet with an academic representative during that orientation session.  If you can’t attend for your college/program orientation session, we still encourage you to attend a Summer Orientation session regardless of what date.  If you have specific concerns, please contact (207) 581-1561.

Where will I stay during Summer Orientation? What should I bring?
As part of orientation, students will be spending the night at one of the residence halls on campus. Bedding, pillow, and a towel will be provided for the students, but do bring toiletries, change of clothes and an alarm clock for the overnight stay. Be sure to have your MaineStreet username and password handy as some orientation services will need this information.  Don’t forget to bring a form of identification such as your driver’s license, state ID, passport or high school ID (with picture) in order to get your MaineCard (UMaine student ID).

Should my parents come with me? 
Yes! Parents are encouraged to attend. There are separate presentations and activities during Summer Orientation for parents which will answer questions that they may have as their students prepare for college.

What if I can’t attend Summer Orientation in June? Is there another Orientation? 
For students unable to attend Summer Orientation in June, an abbreviated form of orientation will be held during the Fall Welcome Weekend. Students will receive information about the Fall Welcome Weekend in early August. However, we strongly recommend all new students to attend Summer Orientation, as it gives them a head start and answers a lot of questions!

Directions to the Collins Center for the Arts
Summer Orientation will be held at the Collins Center for the Arts on the Orono campus.  Signs will be posted at campus entrances guiding your way to the location.

2 Flagstaff Road
Orono, ME 04469

Traveling north on I-95: Take exit 191. Turn right onto Kelley Road. Turn left onto Route 2. Proceed to the third set of lights and then go straight for about two miles. Turn left onto the UMaine campus entrance just before the Bangor Savings Bank. Bear left at the fork and you will see the Collins Center for the Arts.

Traveling south on I-95: Take exit 193 and turn left onto Stillwater Avenue. Drive straight for one mile and turn right onto College Avenue. Drive one mile and turn left onto the UMaine campus entrance. Follow Long Road for about .5 miles, then turn right onto Flagstaff Road.

Parking Information

Summer Orientation attendees may park at the CCA or Belgrade lots in front of the Collins Center for the Arts. Parking passes are not required for guests attending this event and parking at the CCA or Belgrade Lots. However, parking passes are required for other lots on campus and are available at the check-in area at the CCA.

Helpful Tips

  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate weather gear. Please let us know when you register if you will need special accommodations as the program includes walking tours around campus.