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Next Steps For Admitted Students

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 usm.orientation@maine.edu or 207-780-4604

Next Steps for Admitted Students Printable Checklist (PDF)



Activate Your University Email and MaineStreet Account(required)

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.

If you need assistance contact the HelpDesk  Email Helpdesk  I  207-780-4029

Pay $100 Enrollment Deposit (required)

This non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place in the entering class and will be credited to your student account. Checks, money orders, and credit or debit cards are all accepted. Learn more about confirming your enrollment at USM.

Pay Your Deposit  I  Email Admissions |  207-780-5670 or toll-free 1-800-800-4USM

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!

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

USM Federal School Code—009762

Financial Aid Webpage  I  Email Financial Aid  |  207-780-5250     

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.

Residential Life Webpage  I Email Res Life  I   207-780-5240

Information on how to request disability-related housing or meal plan accommodations



 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 2019 admits on April 15, for spring admits in November, and or summer admits in February.

Orientation & Transitional Programs (OTP) Webpage  |  Email OTP |  207-780-4604

Schedule & Attend Advising and Course Selection (ACS) Appointment (required)

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.

Orientation & Transitional Programs (OTP) Webpage  |  Email OTP |  207-780-4604

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 transferable college credits will be completed after your acceptance to USM. You will receive an email from our Transfer Affairs staff once your Transfer Credit Report is available 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.

Visit our application instructions page and see the "Where to Send Admission Materials" section to learn where to send your final transcripts.



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.

University Health & Counseling Services Webpage  |  Email UHCS |  207-780-5411

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.

Orientation & Transitional Programs (OTP) Webpage  |  Email OTP |   207-780-4604

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

Veterans, servicemembers, dependents, and survivors using the GI Bill must submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to our office.

Request a copy of your Joint Services Transcript for evaluation.

Veteran Services WebpageEmail Veterans Services |  207-780-4471

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.

Disability Services Center (DSC) WebpageEmail DSC | 207-780-4706  |  TTY: 207-780-4395

  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.

PLA Webpage | Email PLA  |  207-780-4663


 Questions about Orientation Process or any of the steps listed above may be directed to usm.orientation@maine.edu or 207-780-4604