Now that you are enrolled in courses, please use this checklist to ensure that you will be ready to start school smoothly. Questions? Contact Orientation: email@example.com | (207) 780-4604
Log into the Student Center in MaineStreet to check your schedule and confirm course times, rooms, and campuses. Most online and many in-person courses post course-specific information, like the syllabus and faculty announcements, on Brightspace. Course sites should become available by the first day of the academic term. MaineStreet and Brightspace can be accessed through the MyUSM portal.
To log in visit my.usm.maine.edu or download the Navigate App. Need password help? usm.maine.edu/helpdesk | (207) -780– 4029
Add/Drop and Withdrawal dates vary depending on course length. In your MaineStreet Student Center, click the calendar icon (located next to each of your courses) to view the applicable add/drop and withdrawal dates for each course.
Questions? Contact Registration & Scheduling Services: usm.maine.edu/reg | (207) 780-5230
You will be expected to provide your own textbooks and most school supplies. The University Store at USM provides information about required textbooks and course materials for most classes on its website. It also provides textbook e-books, rentals, and new and used books for purchase via its website. Physical book purchases can be mailed directly to your home or picked up on any USM campus.
We recommend ordering books 2-3 weeks before classes begin. (no shipping charges if picking up on campus)
Questions? Contact the University Store: usm.maine.edu/university-store | (207) 780-4070
Did you have a 504/IEP in high school or receive accommodations at your last college/university? Do you have a documented disability? Contact the Disability Services Center (DSC) as soon as possible to request a meeting to learn about our services and request accommodations. To set up an appointment: Complete the form at usm.maine.edu/dsc or call the number listed below.
Questions? Contact Disability Services Center: usm.maine.edu/dsc | (207) 780-4706 or TTY (207) 780-4395
Receive messages related to campus emergencies, storm closings for all three campuses, and outreach messages via email or text. Sign up for alerts and manage emergency message subscriptions in your MyUSM Portal by clicking the Manage Emergency Notifications icon.
This next section will help you hit important steps related to paying for your USM experience and Financial Aid.
Ensure that USM has your correct address, emergency contact, phone number, preferred name, etc. on file. You can make any needed changes directly in the Personal Information section of your MaineStreet Student Center.
Difficulty making edits? Contact Registration & Scheduling Services: firstname.lastname@example.org | (207) 780-5230
Your bill can be viewed via MaineStreet. Payment, or enrollment in a payment plan, is due on January 15 for Spring, May 15 for Summer, and August 15 for Fall. If you enroll after the due date, payment is due within ten (10) calendar days.
Questions? Contact Student Financial Services: usm.maine.edu/sfs | (207) 780-5250
Changing the courses that you are enrolled in before the start of the semester or during the add/drop period may change your bill and may impact your financial aid package. Contact your Financial Aid Counselor to report changes to your enrollment plan and check MaineStreet to review changes to your bill when adding or dropping classes.
To see the full Financial Adjustment Policy, Review “Deadlines” under Student Account Information on usm.maine.edu/sfs
It’s important to make sure you are in compliance with health related policies before the First Day of Classes.
If born after 1956, you must comply with the Maine Post-Secondary School Immunization Law or a hold preventing future course enrollment will be placed on your MaineStreet account. Please verify that your records were submitted before school starts.
Questions? Contact University Health & Counseling Services: usm.maine.edu/uhcs/immunization-information | (207) 780-5411
Effective with the May 2023 term and going forward, the University strongly encourages all students, employees, and visitors to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots when eligible. COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are recommended as a way to prevent severe cases of COVID-19. Select the “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccine Information” option on the PointNClick website: umaineportal.pointnclick.com Full System Policy and Information about exemption request process may be viewed: www.maine.edu/together/community-guidance/students/students
We want to make sure you get proper credit for your prior learning experiences!
Verify that official transcripts with final course grades from any other college, university (including dual enrollment), or high school have been received by USM.
USM Transfer Affairs Office
107 Bailey Hall
37 College Avenue
Gorham, ME 04038
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to email@example.com. Students who have transcripts sent electronically should contact the Transfer Affairs Office at 207-780-5340 to be certain that the transcript was received.
For more information contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-800-4USM
Earn credit for what you’ve learned! Qualified students can earn credit for successful AP exams, CLEP exams, DSST exams, language exams, and Seals of Biliteracy. Other pathways for CPL credit include credential review of licenses and certifications, and written academic portfolio assessment. For more information contact the CPL Office directly at email@example.com/(207) 780-4663.
Orientation & First Year Experience is here to help you be successful and there’s a few more things you can do to set yourself up for success upon arrival at USM.
Orientation is mandatory for all new students. It is your opportunity to learn more about USM. During Orientation you’ll explore our campuses and USM resources, connect to community, classmates and new friends, prepare for success in and outside the classroom, learn about yourself and others. To Register and learn more visit usm.maine.edu/Orientation
This training discusses how everyone can get involved in the prevention of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking. This training is required for all students. Details about how to access the online training and how to request an exemption are posted in the New Student Course in Brightspace.
To access Brightspace mycampus.maine.edu/group/usm/home or call (207) 780-4604
All members of the university community share a responsibility for maintaining an environment where actions are guided by academic integrity, mutual respect, and reason. Students are responsible for knowing and following all University policies.
Academic Policies: usm.maine.edu/registration-scheduling-services/academic-policies
Conduct & General University Policies: usm.maine.edu/communitystandards
Parking Policies: usm.maine.edu/parking-services/resources
Residential Hall Policies: usm.maine.edu/residential-life/frequently-asked-questions
You’ll have an opportunity Upload your photo for your ID card through Photo Submission (you’ll receive an email directly from card services about photo submission) – after that you’ll either receive your card during campus visit day or during move-in for Residential students or on your first day of class if you’re unable to attend a campus visit day. More information will be sent about Card Photo Submission directly from card services.
Learn about the USM Card: usm.maine.edu/usmcard
To park on campus at Gorham and/or Portland you need a parking permit. A permit is not required in Lewiston. Monitor your USM email for details about how to get your pass from Parking Services
Questions? Contact Orientation & First Year Experience at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-780-4604