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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.

Please take a few minutes to through the steps listed below  This page has active links and tutorials to assist you in the process.

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

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

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 the #3.


3- Complete the New Student Course in Blackboard 

Summer 2018 Admits: Students admitted for the Summer 2018 semester will receive more detailed information about this step via their Maine.edu email address on or after February 20th. Please be sure to check your email account frequently.

Fall 2018 Admits: Students admitted for the Fall 2018 semester will receive more detailed information about this step via their Maine.edu email address in late February. Please be sure to check your email account frequently.

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). 


4- 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 - March 5th
    • 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 to choose from.


5- Submit Any Required Documentation & Take Any Required Math Placement Exams

Review the information the list below to find out more about documents and testing that you may be required to submit to USM.


Understand your Student Account and Financial Aid deadlines 

It is important that you understand the various costs related to your college experience.  Tuition and Fees are just part of the total cost and being prepared is key to your success.  Student Financial Services is available to assist you.

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


Submit Immunization Records and Verifying Health Insurance (action required)

All students are required to submit Student Immunization Form with documentation of the required immunizations prior to the completion of registration. 

All students will be required to show proof of having health insurance as a condition of course enrollment or enroll in the Health Insurance program.  You will need to either "waive" or "accept" the Mandatory Health Insurance online.


Take a Placement Examination in Mathematics (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 Assesment 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 are able to enroll in the correct math course.


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 to the address above prior to your Advising Appointment.  We suggest that you also bring an unofficial copy for your advisor to review.  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?


6- Apply for On-Campus Housing (if applicable)

Students who wish to reside on campus must complete and submit the housing application to the Office of Residential Life along with a $75 Housing Deposit as soon as possible and preferably no later than May 1 (our guaranteed housing date for the fall semester) or January 2 for the spring semester.

For fall and spring semesters. students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours before they will receive a housing placement.

Housing placements for the Fall are typically provided in mid to late July. 

Housing placements for the Spring are typically provided in early to mid-January.


7- 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.

Infomation for Summer 2018 Admits (Coming Soon)

Information for Fall 2018 Admits (Coming soon)

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