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Next Steps: The Keys to Your USM Transition!

Congratulations & Welcome to USM!

 As a newly accepted First Year or 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 above may be directed to usm.orientation@maine.edu or (207) 780-4604


1. Activate your University of Maine System and MaineStreet Account: @maine.edu email (required)

Please visit: accounts.maine.edu

1. Click Account Activation

2. Enter your Student Identification Number (for example, 0123456). This was sent to you in your acceptance letter.

3. Enter your Activation Key, (ex. Pt73vcrt). This was sent to you in your acceptance letter. 

4. Click "Continue" and follow the instructions. 

If you need assistance, please contact the IT HELP Desk at (207) 780-4029 or view the online tutorial.


2. Pay your $100 Enrollment Deposit (required)

The enrollment deposit is required to reserve your place in the entering class. Your deposit will be credited to your student account.  Learn more about paying your deposit online or by mail.

After your Enrollment Deposit is posted to the system (1-3 days), you will receive an email notice to access the New Student Course in Blackboard. This course and how to access it is explained in more detail in #3.


3. Apply for Financial Aid at FASFA.gov (required to be considered for Federal Financial Aid)

To apply for 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.

Applicants typically are notified of their awards beginning in April. Check the Financial Aid website for information on FAFSA and scholarships.


4. Start Orientation Process (required)

More information about the Orientation Process will be sent to your @maine.edu email within one (1) business day of after your Enrollment Deposit is processed.  Please monitor your @maine.edu email address frequently!


Step 1- Complete the New Student Course in Blackboard 

Spring 2019 Admits: The New Student Course is scheduled to open Nov. 1, 2018. Please be sure to check your email account frequently.

Summer 2019 Admits:  The New Student Course will open in February 2019. Please be sure to check your email account frequently.

Fall 2019 Admits: The New Student Course is scheduled to open in April 2019. Please be sure to check your email account frequently.

Typically, within 1 business day of your enrollment deposit being posted, you will receive an email from usm.orientation@maine.edu with instructions explaining how to access the New Student Course via Blackboard. You need to complete the required quiz in section 5 of the New Student Course.

Once completed, you will be able to access the Advising & Course Selection Scheduling form (located in section 6 of the New Student Course). 



Step 2- Schedule & Attend Your Advising & Course Selection (ACS) Appointment (where you enroll in courses)

Before this appointment can be scheduled, you must complete steps #1-3 above.

The Advising & Course Selection (ACS) appointment is a required one-on-one meeting with an advisor. During this meeting students: review academic requirements and path to graduation; discuss the academic advising partnership; navigation of advising tools; discuss key campus and support services; discuss educational & professional goals, and enroll in their first semester of USM courses. It is required for new, transfer, and readmitted students. 

ACS Appointments slots open to New Admits starting on the following dates:

Summer Admits - Start after March 4th

Fall Admits - Start after May 1st

Spring Admits - Start December 1st

We strongly encourage you to schedule your ACS appointment early, to ensure that you will have the greatest selection of course subjects and times from which to choose.



Step 3- Attend An Orientation Session

University Orientation Sessions bring new student together on-campus to give them a chance to acclimate to USM.  These sessions occur shortly before the first day of classes and focus on acquainting the student with the campus, offices, and resources, meeting other students, and taking care of last-minute details.

Information for Spring 2019 Admits, coming soon!



5. Take Any Required Math Placement Exams (if applicable) 

You may be required to take the Accuplacer or College Level Math placement examinations.  The placement examinations assess your current skill level in mathematics. The results will be used to assist you and your adviser in determining the appropriate mathematics course for you to take.

Please consult the New Student Course or the Academic Assessment website to understand if you are required to take a placement exam and to schedule a time to take your exam.

NOTE: If needed, you will need to take the Accuplacer exam before your Advising Appointment to ensure you can enroll in the correct math course.


6. Provide Immunization Records (required) 

 All students are required to comply with the Maine Post-Secondary Immunization Law. Students can submit the Student Immunization Form with documentation of the required immunizations before the completion of registration.

Documentation of immunization compliance should be submitted before or shortly after attending your Advising & Course Selection appointment. To learn how to provide your records or to find more information, contact University Health & Counseling Services.


7. Apply for On-Campus Housing & Pay $75 Deposit (if applicable)

Students who wish to reside on campus must complete and submit the Housing Application/Contract to the Office of Residential Life along with a $75 Housing Deposit as soon as possible.

For fall and spring semesters, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours before they will receive a housing placement. New students are strongly encouraged to schedule and attend their Advising & Course Selection (ACS) appointment as soon as possible so they may be assigned to housing.

Housing placements for Fall are typically provided beginning in June.

Housing placements for the Spring are typically provided in December.

You may review the full Housing Application Proces. on the Office of Residential Life page.


8. Submit Final Transcripts & Review Transfer Credit Evaluation


Submitting Final Transcript 

First-Year Students

All students currently in high school are required to submit an official final high school transcript. Send the transcript to:

University of Maine System Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412


Transfer Students

Please submit all official transcripts from other universities/colleges prior to your Advising & Course Selection (ACS) appointment.  We suggest that you also bring an unofficial copy to your ACS.  

Send all Undergraduate Admissions transcripts and other supporting materials to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu.

For more information, contact the Transfer Affairs office at (207)780-5340.


Veteran Students & Eligible Dependents (New or Transfer)

USM student veterans, servicemembers, or family members, who are accessing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits (often referred to as the GI Bill) are encouraged to contact Veteran Services (usm.veterans@maine.edu | (207) 780-5232 ). New Students who have Military Transcripts (Joint Services Transcript) may be able to get academic credit transferred to USM. To find out, request your official Military Transcript.


How do I transfer credits to USM?
How to view Transfer Equivalency from other schools.

Where do I send transcripts?


 9. Connect With Disability Services (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.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more you may email or call:

Email: dsc-usm@maine.edu

Phone: (207) 780-4706 | TTY: (207) 780-4395


10. Connect with Veterans Services and Request Joint Services Transcript (if applicable)

Veteran Services at USM serves veterans, servicemembers, and their families, who are accessing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, often referred to as the GI Bill. USM is a military-friendly campus and offers in-state tuition for active duty service members, eligible veterans, and dependents. There are multiple chapters of the GI Bill and navigating the process can be confusing. Transitioning from service to the classroom can be a challenge, as well. USM Veterans Services is here to help. Email: usm.veterans@maine.eduPhone: (207) 780-5232  

11. Connect with the Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) (if applicable)

The Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) helps students earn college credit for work, life, and military experience. We evaluate advanced placement (AP) credit and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, as well as assess students through testing, credential review, and portfolios.