Office of Admissions

Return to USM

Ready to come back after taking a semester or two off? Here are some resources to help. Please review the below information and if you have questions about the process for returning to USM, please schedule a meeting with Alex Carrier Hitchcox. She can be reached at or via call/text at 207-550-1098.

*Note: If it has been more than two years since you last enrolled at USM, you may need to apply for re-entry with the Office of Admission. Please contact Steve Genovese, Assistant Director of Admissions, to get started on your readmission/reactivation process:*

First Steps

In order to get you back on track, you should start by getting logged into your UMS account, connecting with your advisor, and applying for financial aid. Here are details to help you get the ball rolling:

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If you haven't logged into your UMS account recently, you may be locked out due to security requirements that account passwords be changed regularly. You can reset your account password online or call the USM IT Help Desk at 207-780-4029 for assistance.

If you don't know your student ID #, give the Office of Registration & Scheduling Services a call at 207-780-5230.

When planning out your return to USM, connecting with an advisor is important to ensure you are taking the appropriate classes to keep you on a path toward completing your degree. Consider the benefits of enrolling full time with 15 credits a semester - the fastest way to graduate. 

Usually the easiest way to get connected with an advisor ASAP in the summer is to call or email the Academic Advising department to get scheduled: / 207-780-4040. Looking for immediate assistance? Academic Advising provides regular virtual drop-in advising.

Learn more about the next registration dates and how to register on your own.

Students with less than 54 credits

(less than four full-time semesters)

Schedule a meeting with your professional academic advisor.

Students with more than 54 credits

(more than four full-time semesters)

In June, July, and August: Contact Academic Advising for support as not all faculty are available in the summer.

During the academic year, you can schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor by sending them an email.

Not sure who your advisor is?

  1. Login to your MaineStreet Student Center from your My Campus Portal Launchpad
  2. In "Classic" Student Center view, Advisor information is listed on the homepage about halfway down on the lefthand side (see below). 
  3. In the "New" Student Center view, Advisor information is listed under the "Academics" tab, which is located within the left-hand menu bar (see below).

Classic Student Center View:

screenshot of classic student center

New Student Center View:

new student center view


It’s important to secure your spot in the classes that you need to stay on track to complete your degree. Registering now does not mean you have to pay now - you have until the start of the semester to make financial arrangements, including setting up a payment plan with Student Accounts.

If you a financial hold and owe less than $1000, you are still able to register for classes!

If your balance is between $1000-$2500, if you enter into a payment agreement with Student Accounts, you can get permission to register for classes. To get started on this process, please contact Kathleen (Katie) McLaughlin at or 780-5210. 

Student Financial Services highly encourages ALL students to complete the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. Each year you can begin the FAFSA as early as October 1st for the following academic year. 

Using Navigate, you will be able to manage your course schedule, learn about University events and activities, connect with other students, access important resources, and get updates about the things you're interested in on campus! Available only for undergraduate students at this time.


Download the App

  1. Download “Navigate Student” app in the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Once installed, search for "University of Southern Maine" (not USM).
  3. Log in with your USM Login.

You can also log in to Navigate using a browser at any time.


Navigate Student Features

Events & To Dos: View key dates and deadline reminders, learn about upcoming virtual and in-person USM events, and create task reminders to help you reach your academic goals.

Resources: Find key people, departments, and resources available for you to help reach your academic and personal goals.

Class Schedule: View the classes you are currently registered for.

My Major: Learn about the many majors available to study at USM.

Hold Center: View current holds on your account that can impact registration, along with instructions for how to resolve them. (This feature is not currently available but coming soon.)

Study Buddies: An opt-in service that helps you connect with other students in the courses you are registered for so you can study together. When you opt-in, other students in your class will be able to see your email address and reach out by email. At this time, all connections should be conducted virtually.



The USM Navigate Team is happy to answer any questions you have and help with any issues you experience. Email and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.

Next Steps

Did you know that USM has over 75 scholarships for continuing students in various academic areas? Additionally, the University of Maine System has multiple scholarship opportunities in addition to those provided by the State of Maine or other external parties. Contact Nancy Varin in Student Financial Services to learn more about how to take advantage of scholarship opportunities that you are eligible for.

If you notice an Immunization Hold on your account, which may prevent you from registering, complete the below requirements and reach out to University Health & Counseling with any questions: or (207) 780-5411.

There are two separate components of these requirements, one for COVID-19 and the other for MMR/Tetanus. 

UMS COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Submit your COVID-19 Vaccination information or exemption request form to the UMS PointNClick Portal.

Video overview and step-by-step instructions

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 

& Tetanus Requirements

Submit the Immunization Verification Form or your Immunization Record documentation to:


USM Health & Counseling Services

37 College Ave

156 Upton Hall

Gorham, ME 04038

Fax: 207-780-4911


The Learning Commons is your go-to resource for the following support services:

Questions? Review the Learning Commons' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or reach out to Cristina Kerluke, Associate Director of Learning Support Programs at

Student employment is an excellent way to get engaged with the campus community while earning money through Federal Work Study or Department Funds. Learn more and apply for a job today!

The Office of Prior Learning Assessment helps students earn credit for learning gained outside of the classroom. Whether it be a second (or first) language, skills you acquired on the job or through military service, or ways you’ve grown from engaging with your community, demonstrating this prior learning could save you time and money as you earn your degree.

Reach out to learn more:

Additional Resources

At University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS), we are committed to keeping our students healthy and safe. We understand that this contributes to a student’s academic success and overall well-being. The staff of the Counseling Center is comprised of a diverse group of professionals, including licensed psychologists, licensed clinical counselors, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, a multicultural counselor, and graduate interns.

The Disability Services Center (DSC) recognizes disability as a valued aspect of diversity. We collaborate with campus partners to create and ensure an inclusive environment at USM, one that embraces universal accessibility. The DSC provides a wide range of services to students with attentional, learning, physical, psychological, sensory, or other health-related disabilities. 

The Campus Food Pantry is a FREE on-campus resource committed to helping USM community members achieve ongoing food security and peace of mind when it comes to thinking about their next meal.

USM has established a Student Emergency Fund to help students in emergency situations. Please read through the fund requirements to see what types of expenses are eligible and note that *this fund cannot be applied towards current or future tuition bills.*

Student Engagement & Leadership seeks to create meaningful connections to the campus community and link student passions with engagement and leadership opportunities on and off campus in the efforts to prepare them for life after graduation. Looking for student organizations? Explore the website and considering signing up for Engagement Coaching to get 1-on-1 guidance about how to get involved at USM.

USM has reimagined and designated several spaces on all three campuses for socially distanced group study, individual quiet study, and Zoom/online course use. 

Almost Done With Your Degree?

As you are getting ready to complete your coursework at USM, you must Apply to Graduate. Applying for graduation will trigger the Degree Certification Process that takes place after grades are finalized on MaineStreet. At that time, your appropriate Dean or Department will certify that you have completed all requirements and will notify the Registrar's Office. Diplomas will be produced and mailed once the certification process is completed by all parties. 

Apply to graduate by April 1st to ensure your name will be included in the Commencement program!

Reach out to Registration & Scheduling Services with questions:, 207-780-5230

Please know that we are here to help you succeed and you can reach out to Alex Carrier Hitchcox any time for additional support as you re-integrate into life as a student. Alex can be reached at or 207-550-1098 - or you can schedule a meeting with her directly.