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Registration Information

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Registration Dates:

  • Summer 2015
    • Students currently enrolled in a degree program at USM or within the UMS may begin registering on March 2nd. MaineStreet self-service will open at 6:00 AM.
    • Students interested in taking Summer courses who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at USM are welcome! Call us at (207)780-5900 to register, beginning March 4th.

After March 4th, registration will continue until the start of any particular course as space allows.


Registration Procedures:

  • Online: If you have previously taken courses at USM within the last two years, you may register anytime after registration begins using the University's MaineStreet Student Self-Service.
  • By Phone: You may register by calling (207) 780-5900 or TTY# 207-780-5646
  • In Person: Students may register at Professional & Continuing Education, 218 Abromson Center; Student Success Center, 119 Payson Smith Hall, Portland; Student Success Center, 119 Bailey Hall, Gorham; Student Success Center, 119 Lewiston Auburn Campus; or the Registrar's Office, 107 Bailey Hall, Gorham during regular business hours.


Registration Policies

  • Registration Changes - Registration for pass/fail, audit, and repeat courses must be declared by the student at the time of registration. Any changes to pass/fail, audit, or repeat status must be done before the second class meeting.
  • Credit Limit - Students can take a maximum of 18 credits each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer) without the permission of his or her advisor and the dean.
    Please note: Student can take a maximum of 4.5 credits during Winter Session.
  • Late Registration-
    • During the Fall & Spring, students may add a course during the first week on a space available basis. After the first week, students must have permission from the instructor to add.

    • During Winter & Summer, students may add a course through the second class meeting with permission from the instructor.

    After Add/drop, students must complete and submit an Add Form to the Professional & Continuing Education Student Services Center, Student Success Centers, or Registrar's office, with the signature of the faculty of record. Students can also obtain faculty permission via email.
    Please note, added courses must be paid for in full the day of registration.

  • Academic Withdrawal Policy - Students withdrawing after the add/drop period through 60% of the course will receive a W grade. Students withdrawing after 60% of the course will receive an automatic grade of F.
  • Failure to Withdraw Penalty - Failure to submit notice of withdrawal may result in a failing grade and a financial liability. Discussion with a faculty member is not proper notification of change. In the case of a student withdrawal after the automatic grade "W" period, the student will receive a grade designation to be determined by the instructor.
  • Grades and Transcripts - If you are a current USM student, grades are available online via MaineStreet Student Self-Service. Non-Matriculated students or USM students who desire official documentation of coursework must complete a Transcript Request form and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
  • Course Cancellation - The University reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of low enrollment or lack of qualified instructor.
  • Audits - Students may register for courses on a audit basis. With an audit registration, the student may participate in class work, but is not required to take examinations. An audit registrant should know, however, that state departments of education do not accept for certification or other purposes any course taken on an audit basis. An audit registrant is required to pay full tuition for the course. Registration status may not be changed beyond the second day.
  • Apply to Graduate - Students who expect to complete baccalaureate or graduate degree requirements during the current term should submit an Application for Degree. This form is also available at all Student Success Centers and the Registrar's Office.
  • Disclaimer - The University reserves the right to cancel course offerings, to set minimum and maximum size of classes, to change designated instructors of courses, and to make decisions affecting the academic standing of anyone participating in a course or program offered by the University of Southern Maine.