Next Steps for Accepted Students
$100 Enrollment Deposit
The enrollment deposit is required to reserve your place in the entering class. Your deposit will be credited to your student account. For students entering in the fall semester, your deposit is due by May 1. If admitted after May 1, your deposit is due within 15 days. USM adheres to the candidates reply date: deposits are refundable upon receipt of a written request postmarked by May 1. For students entering the spring semester, your deposit is non-refundable after January 2. Learn more about paying your deposit online or by mail.
If you are interested in applying for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage you to file the FAFSA electronically. To receive priority consideration for financial aid, applications for the fall semester must be filed electronically by February 15th. This will ensure that USM receives the federal data on time. Failure to file on time could affect your financial aid. Be sure to list USM's Federal School Code (009762) on the FAFSA to ensure delivery to us. Contact Financial Aid for more information.
Orientation Program (includes academic advising and course registration)
The Orientation Program for students and family members will be held in May/June/July for students entering in the fall semester and in December/January for students entering in the spring semester. Email invitations will be sent to your University email address beginning in April for the fall semester and in November for spring semester orientation.
Final High School Transcript
All students currently in high school are required to submit an official final high school transcript. Send the transcript to:
University of Maine System Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Housing: Living on Campus
Students who wish to reside on campus must complete and submit the housing application (sent to you from the Department of Residential Life and Resident Education after your acceptance) along with a $75 deposit as soon as possible and preferably no later than May 1 (our guaranteed housing date for the fall semester) and January 2 for the spring semester. Because housing is highly sought after at USM, we encourage you to return your application as quickly as possible after you receive it. We will determine your housing assignment priority by the date that we receive your housing application and fee.
Placement Examination in Mathematics
New students are required to take USM's placement examination in mathematics unless they have the following:
- SAT mathematics score of 550 or above
- ACT mathematics score of 22 or above
- Mathematics course completed at another college which USM accepts to meet college readiness
SAT and ACT score results are valid for five years. The placement examination assesses your current skill level in mathematics. The results will be used to assist you and your adviser in determining the appropriate mathematics course for you to take. Schedule your test with Academic Assessment.
Activate your University of Maine System and MaineStreet Account
Your University of Maine System email account will be used to communicate official University business, to both accepted and enrolled students, and should be activated as soon as possible. Your activation code is included in your acceptance packet. If you can't locate it or need assistance, contact the USM Help Desk at 207-780-4029.
The goal of the Student Accounts staff is to help guide students and their families though the basic steps of paying for college. Contact their office for more information.
You will receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation in the mail soon after your acceptance to USM. For more information, contact the Transfer Affairs office at 207-780-5340
If you were born after December 31, 1965, you must comply with the Maine Post-Secondary School Immunization Law before you will be allowed to register for USM classes.
Advanced Placement/Experiential Learning Credit
Some entering students may be eligible to qualify for USM undergraduate credit for having completed any of the following: AP exams, CLEP exams, DANTES exams, work/life experience, military experience, non-collegiate sponsored instruction, noncredit courses, seminars, workshops, licenses and certificates. Contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment for more information.
Support for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Service Center (DSC) provides a wide range of services to qualified students with sensory, mobility, physical, psychological, learning and attention disabilities. Contact DSC for information regarding your particular needs at (207) 780-4706 or TTY (207) 780-4395. Documentation may be required.
Campus Safety and Security
USM extends a host of services to provide a safe and secure campus environment for all residential and commuting students. Information about these services may be found here. The Clery Act of 1998 requires universities to disclose three-year statistics regarding campus crime. The Safety and Security Information Report includes our policies for campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.