Congratulations & Welcome to USM!
As a newly accepted first year, transfer student, there are steps you will need to complete before you are able to enroll in courses and start your first semester as a USM student. Recently Readmitted students must also follow these steps before they are able to sign-up for classes.
Please take a few minutes to through the steps listed below. This page has active links to assist you in the process. Questions about Orientation Process or any of the steps listed below may be directed to email@example.com or 207-780-4604
STAGE 1: SECURE YOUR SPOT
Use the activation code and directions found in your acceptance packet to get started.
Your University of Maine System student account gives you access to your University email, MaineStreet, and many other programs. University Email is used to communicate official University business (to both accepted and enrolled students) and should be activated as soon as possible. MaineStreet is the online system where you access your University records.
Pay $100 Enrollment Deposit (required)
This deposit is required to reserve your place in the entering class and will be credited to your student account. Checks should be made payable to USM and sent to the Office of Admissions with the Accepted Student Confirmation Card. Online payment is also accepted on MaineStreet. Refunds are available for fall semester until May 1, for spring semester until January 2, and for summer term until April 1.
Apply For Financial Aid (required to be considered for Federal Financial Aid)
If you would like to be considered for Federal Financial Aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. Priority consideration for financial aid is given to applications received by USM by February 1. The Federal Processor must receive your completed FAFSA data by January 15 to reach USM by our priority deadline. If you have missed the priority deadline, that's OK you may still submit the FAFSA and be considered for aid!
USM Federal School Code—009762
Apply to Live On Campus & Pay $75 Housing Deposit (if applicable)
If you plan to live in on-campus housing, you are required to:
1) complete our online housing application
2) pay a $75 housing deposit (via check, money order, or through MaineStreet)
Housing assignments are made based on the completed housing application date and course registration date, so you are encouraged to apply and enroll in classes as soon as possible.
Information on how to request disability-related housing or meal plan accommodations.
STAGE 2: SIGNING UP FOR CLASSES
Complete the New Student Course (required)
As a new first-year, transfer, or readmitted student you will be required to review this online course before you are able to schedule an appointment to enroll in classes. This course covers information about key University resources, dates, required testing, and documentation. More information will be sent to your University email within one (1) business day after your Enrollment Deposit is processed.
New Student Course Available: for fall admits in April, for spring admits in November, and or Summer Admits in February.
The ACS appointment is a required meeting for all new first-year, transfer, and readmitted USM students. During your ACS appointment, you will meet 1-on-1 with an Academic Advisor to review degree requirements, discuss any transfer credits, and sign up for your first semester of USM classes. You will be prompted to schedule your ACS after successful completion of the New Student Course.
We strongly encourage you to schedule your ACS appointment for the earliest date possible to ensure that you will have the greatest selection of course subjects and times from which to choose.
ACS Appointments Start: for fall admits in May, for spring admits in December, and for summer admits in March.
Take Placement Exams for Math: New Accuplacer & Advanced Algebra (if applicable)
Please consult the Academic Assessment website to determine if you are required to take either exam. If you are required to take a math placement exam, you should do so before attending your Advising & Course Selection (ACS) appointment as the results will be used to determine which math course you will need to take. On-Campus drop-in testing dates are offered throughout the year.
Find out if you need a Math Placement Exam | 207-780-4578
Review Transfer Credit Evaluation (For Transfer Students)
An official evaluation of your college credit will be mailed to you soon after your acceptance to USM. It will also be available for review in the Transfer Credit Report in your MaineStreet Student Center.
You must submit all final college transcripts to USM in order to receive academic credit for any courses in progress at the time of application to USM.
STAGE 3: GETTING READY FOR CLASSES
Provide Immunization Records (required)
Students born after 1956 must comply with the Maine Post-Secondary Immunization Law. Documentation of your immunization compliance should be submitted before or shortly after attending your Advising & Course Selection (ACS) appointment. To learn how to provide your records or to find more information, contact University Health & Counseling.
Work on Checklist for Registered Students (required)
At the end of your Advising and Course Selection (ACS) appointment, you will be given a checklist to help you prepare for the start of classes. Items on this checklist include things such as: purchasing textbooks, paying your tuition bill, managing emergency notification preferences, obtaining your student ID card, registering for an Orientation session, completing required pieces of training, and more.
Veterans, servicemembers, dependents, and survivors using the GI Bill must submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to our office.
Connect with Disabilities Services Center (DSC) (if applicable)
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Disability Services Center (DSC). The DSC provides a wide range of services to qualified students with physical, medical, psychological, and learning disabilities. Contact the DSC before the semester begins to ensure timely implementation of accommodations.
Connect with of Prior Learning Assesment (PLA) (if applicable)
PLA helps students earn credit for college-level learning acquired from work and life experience. We evaluate advanced placement (AP) credit and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, as well as assess students through testing, credential review, and portfolios.
Questions about Orientation Process or any of the steps listed above may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-780-4604