Summer Orientation


Hearty Maine Hello and welcome to the Summer Orientation 2018 information page. This orientation program is for first-year and transfer students starting in the Fall 2018 semester. Each Summer Orientation session is a two-day event arranged by the various College and Programs. Students will have the opportunity to interact with deans, faculty, and students from their academic program; acquire information about class scheduling and registration; learn about campus services and activities. The New Student Orientation staff will assist you and your guests throughout the orientation session as we welcome you to UMaine.

Session Dates and Online Registration

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 25 & 26, 2018

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Maine Business School
  • Pre-Business

Session 2: Tue & Wed, June 26 & 27, 2018

  • College of Engineering
  • School of Engineering Technology

Session 3: Wed & Thur, June 27 & 28, 2018

  • College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Session 4: Thur & Fri, June 28 & 29, 2018

  • Explorations Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Pre-Engineering

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 11:00 a.m. on the second day.

Click here for the Summer Orientation 2018 tentative 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 by clicking here or call (207) 581-1734 for more information on how we can best accommodate your needs.

Information for Parents and Guests

Family members are encouraged to attend Summer Orientation and participate in a schedule of events apart from the students. Meetings with academic deans and special interest sessions are among the programs planned specifically 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:

University Inn Academic Suites
Closest to campus
Offers a UMaine Orientation rate
5 College Avenue, Orono, ME 04473
(207) 866-4921

Black Bear Inn Conference Center & Suites
Second closest to campus
Offers a UMaine Orientation rate
4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473
(207) 866-7120

Four Points Sheraton
Adjacent to Bangor International Aiport
308 Godfrey Boulevard, Bangor, ME 04401

For more information about area attractions and other lodging options, check out the Visit Greater Bangor website.

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
  • Applied for on-campus housing
  • Taken the math placement test
  • Submitted your immunization records
  • Sign your financial responsibility statement
  • Researched the summer Options Trips to see if you’re interested
  • Reviewed essential UMaine services such as MaineCard (UMaine ID card), bookstore, dining, housing, residential mail, student job at dining services, mandatory immunization and information releases, health and medical (including required action of opting in or out of student health insurance plan (SHIP), parking & transportation, Green Campus Initiative student organization 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 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 are invited to attend Summer Orientation. Sessions and activities during Summer Orientation are applicable to both first-year and transfer 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 11:00 am the second day. We encourage all students and family to attend both days as each day has a specific purpose.

I am not able to attend the orientation session assigned to my College/Program. Would I be able to attend a different orientation session? 
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 orientation for parents which will answer questions 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 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

Due to major road constructions, the Rangley Road campus entrance will be closed during Summer Orientation. Please follow the directions below.

Traveling north on I-95: Take exit 191. Turn right onto Kelley Road. Turn left onto Route 2 towards Downtown Orono. Proceed to the third set of lights and then turn left onto College Avenue. Drive .5 miles and turn right onto the campus entrance. Follow Munson Road for .3 miles and then turn right onto Sebago Road. The Collins Center for the Arts and event parking will be at the end of Sebago Road.

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 campus entrance. Follow Long Road for about .5 miles, then turn right onto Flagstaff Road. The Collins Center for the Arts and event parking will be at the end of 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

  • Plan on arriving by 12:30 p.m. on Day 1 to allow time for parking, check-in and participate in afternoon meetings and information fair.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate gear. Please let us know when you register if you will need special accommodations as the program includes walking tours around campus.
  • If inclement weather is expected, please check UMaine’s Homepage for campus closure notification. You may also call 207.581.7669 for the most up to date campus updates. Bringing an umbrella and appropriate rain/cold attire is highly recommended.
  • For more information, disability accommodation requests, or airport/bus pick up service, please call (207) 581-1561 or email
  • Click here for UMaine’s building directory, service locator, or to print a map of the campus.
  • For further assistance, please call the Admissions Office at 207.581.1561 or email