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How do I sign up for an Academ-e class?
Your guidance counselor discusses your interest and level of success with you.  A nomination form is completed and submitted to our office.

What is the Math Placement Exam and why do I have to take it?
If you choose any of the math courses, you are required to take the UMaine Math Placement Exam.  This exam indicates your readiness for the course you chose.  If the results reveal that another course would be more appropriate for you, we will contact you.

Where do I take the Math Placement Exam?
The Math Placement Exam can be found here.  Call CED Tech Help at 1-877-947 HELP (4357) for login and password information or help finding the exam.

I have taken Calculus I in high school and want to take the Academ-e’s Calculus II in the spring.  Do I need to do anything else?
All students must take the University of Maine’s Math Placement Exam to check your readiness for a math course.  Please contact Cindy Thomas at 581-3072 or for more information.

How much will a class cost?
The University of Maine will continue to discount tuition by 50 percent for 6 credit hours and will absorb all University-wide fees.  We expect the Maine Legislature’s Aspirations Program through the Maine Department of Education to cover the remaining 50 percent tuition of 6 credit hours for students enrolled in the Academ-e.  The only costs borne by students involve textbooks and related reading materials.

Please note, however, that students enrolling in more than 6 credits must pay the cost of one-half of each additional credit.

How will I be billed?
Bills are mailed to the address noted on the nomination and consent form.  If tuition waivers are available, they will be applied to your account

What if the class I selected is full?
You are notified if the class is full and we will register you for your second or third choice, whichever is available.  So, it is important to choose at least 2 courses in the event that your primary interest is unavailable.

What is a FirstClass Account?
FirstClass is The University of Maine’s email communication system that provides students access to important resources such as directories, conferencing, and campus news and updates.

How do I get a FirstClass account?
Please call 1-877-947-HELP (4357), or click here to download the First Class client.

How can I find out my grade in a class?
Through a system called Maine Street, you can access your grades, term schedule, academic history, registration for courses, holds on you account, course prerequisites, student bill, course search and other vital information. For official transcripts, visit the Office of Student Records website at

What if I want to drop a class?  What do I need to do?
Please call our Office of Continuing Education at 581-3143 or email Cindy Thomas at  It is also important to contact your guidance counselor and your instructor.  In order to receive a full refund, you must drop within the first 2 weeks of the semester.  Drops after 2 weeks will incur a bill based on the date dropped.

How will I know if I am formally in the class I chose?
An email registration confirmation will be sent to you and your guidance counselor.

Can I take more than one class a semester?
Please discuss your decision with your guidance counselor.  Any UMaine course is challenging and takes a real commitment of your time.  If you have extra-curricular activities, please take them into your consideration when making your decision.  A good formula to follow is that a UMaine course will involve studying at least 6 hours per week for a 3-credit course.

Whom do I contact if I have technical problems?
Contact CED Tech Help toll free at 1-877-947-HELP (4357), or email

When does the first class meet?
The first class meets on campus during Orientation Day.  The dates will be posted at a later date.  Attendance is mandatory.

How do I receive a copy of my transcript?
For an official copy of your transcript, call the Office of Student Records at 581-1302, or visit their website at

Is the grade I receive permanently on my record?
Yes, it is.

What if I decide to take a course other than the one I signed up for?
Just let your guidance counselor know and ask him/her to contact us.

How will I communicate with my professor and other students?
You will communicate mainly through First Class, which you can download here.  For more FirstClass information or tutorials view our FirstClass page by clicking here.

Are all the courses strictly online?
Only AST 110, will meet 3-4 times during the semester in the evening at a location near you.  The locations will be made available at a later time.  The remainder of the classes are all online.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions regarding your course, the best person to contact is your professor.  Other valuable contacts are your guidance counselor or Cindy Thomas at 581-3072, email

If I drop a class, will I get my money back?
Please call our Office of Continuing Education at 581-3143 or email Cindy Thomas at  If the course is dropped within the 2 week drop period, you will not receive a bill.  Courses dropped after that date will receive a bill based on the date dropped.  Please visit the Bursar’s website for more information –

Where can I find more information about Study Skills and Learning Strategies?
The Tutor Program offers tips each week on various learning topics located on FirstClass.  To find out more, go to “Campus Connections>Groups & Organizations>UM Student Organizations.”  The Tutor Coordinator, posts excellent suggestions on making your UMaine learning experience a success.


Contact Information

5713 Chadbourne Hall, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5713
Phone: 207-581-3072E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System