Access Instructions for New Student Course Blackboard

This page explains the steps necessary for you to log into Blackboard, USM’s Online Course Management System, and start your required New Student Course. You will be notified when you are granted access to this course in your Maine.edu email account typically 1 business day after your Enrollment Deposit is processed, please check that email account frequently.

We strongly encourage you to complete the Online Orientation course on a laptop or desktop computer, as you may have difficulty navigating on a smartphone.


1) Navigate to the website: my.usm.maine.edu

We encourage you to “bookmark” or save this link as a “favorite”


2) Enter your UMS username and password.

If you need help with this, contact Technology Support Center, also known as the Help Desk by email by help@maine.edu, by calling 1-800-696-4357, or by live chat. You will need to identify yourself by providing your USM ID number or other information from your MaineStreet account (DOB, address, etc) 


3) Click "Login"

Click Login

4)  Click on the Blackboard Icon.

Once in your my USM Portal, find and click on the Blackboard Icon. It is found on the left-hand side of the screen, within your “Launchpad”. 


5) Click on New Student Course.

Once in Blackboard, find the section called “My Courses” and click on the course with the term that you are admitted in, for example, “New Student Course (Summer 2018)” or "New Student Course (Fall 2018)."

New Student Course in My Courses



6) Start the Course!

Click “Start Here” in the menu on the left-hand side. Review sections 1-4.

Start Course

7) Complete the Quiz in Section 5

Circle around Required Quiz

8) Request your Advising & Course Selection (AC) appointment in Section 6.

Please note that you will not be able to access the ACS request form until you earn the required score on the quiz in Section 5.

Circle around Request ACS

9) Continue to prepare for your ACS & Starting at USM in Section 7 and beyond!