This orientation program is for first-year and transfer students starting in the Fall 2019 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.
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.
Register below by selecting the session for your designated college or program.
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
Black Bear Inn Conference Center & Suites
Second closest to campus
Offers a UMaine Orientation rate
4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473
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. Please just be sure to bring a photo ID. The Bear’s Den (Memorial Union) and Wells Central will be open for the public to dine at.
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 maine.edu 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
- Submitted your MaineCard ID photo in response to the email that will be sent on May 28
- Reviewed essential UMaine services such as MaineCard student ID, University Bookstore, dining, housing, residential mail, student employment at UMaine Dining, 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 go.umaine.edu/admitted/ or call (207) 581-1561.
What to Bring During Orientation
- Be sure to have your MaineStreet ID and password handy
- A physical form of identification (for example a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, or high school ID (with picture) — digital images of your ID will not be accepted.
- 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
Directions & Parking
From the South
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. Enter the roundabout and take the third exit onto Rangeley Road. Bear left at the fork and you will see the CCA and Belgrade parking lots. Signs will be posted directing students and guests to the Collins Center for the Arts.
From the North
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. At the end of Flagstaff Road, you will see the CCA and Belgrade parking lots. Signs will be posted directing students and guests to the Collins Center for the Arts.
Students and guests 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.
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 starts, 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!