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Checklist for New Commuters and Non-Traditional Students



Summer Orientation June 2014

 □ Register for Summer Orientation at      Nontraditional students: note a special track for you that does not include the overnight stay

 MaineCard   Get your MaineCard photo taken.
If you pre-registered for Summer Orientation your MaineCard will be available for you to pick up 24 hours later. June 14-24 Fri-Sun at the Information Fair and Mon-Thurs at Student Services in Memorial Union.

After June 24: same day service at Student Services, Memorial Union.
You must be registered for classes to pick up a Maine Card. and you’ll need a photo ID.

Maine Card is used for:
Library card
To print or make copies at the library and computer clusters (every student gets $16 of printing)
BAT bus pass
Student Rec. Center pass
Deposit Black Bear Bucks to use at the Marketplace, Book store and more

Register for classes See Summer Orientation schedules at

□ Plan to attend the Maine Hello for students living off campus  on August 28,  2014  You’ll meet   returning commuter or nontraditional/ students who’ll help you through your first year. Learn how to put money on your MaineCard, how to find a parking space and where the local grocery store is and much more.

Text Books
Use Text Book reservation services or stop by the Bookstore the week before classes to avoid the book store rush to find out what books you’ll need for your classes.

UMaine Parking Permit
Commuter Parking passes are $50.00 /year and can be purchased on line at
Be aware that commuters have designated parking areas and will be ticketed for parking in other than Commuter parking spaces. Call 207 581 INFO (updated several times /day) for parking space information.

Immunizations:  Its best to send immunization records in before you attend Summer Orientation.  But if not they  can be dropped off at the Immunization Table, Drop box  or Student Records  at the  Information Fair of Summer Orientation

JUNE TO AUGUST  ( If you missed Summer Orientation)

 Take a summer Orientation tour Register for a tour at your guide you’re a nontraditional student  or commuter and ask to include a visit to the Commuter lounge


Fall Orientation for All New Students living off campus  including First Years / Recent High School Graduates , New Nontraditional  & Veterans Students
Meet other commuter students ( non trad and traditional age) and get your last minute questions answered. Attend the special  Fall Orientation  Day on Thursday August 28, 2014.  tion

Welcome Weekend


□ Activate your Email Account

It is essential that you begin using this email account immediately.  You can either check it regularly by going to It is recommended that you forward it to your FirstClass account

To read email using the UMS Webmail client:

To forward your email:

□ Activate your MaineStreet account

If you have any difficulty activating, logging into, or using your account, please visit our support site at If you need further assistance, you may call the UMaine IT Help Desk at (207) 581‑2506.

Be sure to update your personal information on Main Street: for example: your local address and phone number

□ Activate your FirstClass Account

This is the UMaine intra-university email and conferencing system, most departments and many faculties will communicate with you on FirstClass. To activate go to or the Help desk @207 581 2506. Subscribe to the Commuter Services and the Nontraditional Student conference for regular info. Check out the Announcements & Alerts FirstClass conference regularly.

□ Sign up for the UMaine Emergency Warning System.

Be sure to sign up for these  cell phone and /or  email alerts You can also opt into the notices about class closing for snow days   You can also call 207 581 SNOW for cancellation info.


  □ Introduce yourself to your neighbors

□  If you are renting check with an insurance agent about renters insurance

□ Check with the town hall about local recycling and trash pick up. Ask about town parking regulations Ask about what about other services available to you as a town residents

□ Visit the town library

□ Confirm your mailing address with your landlord and/ or get a post office box. Check with local Post Office about mail delivery and  what  to do for mail delivery if you are away over breaks

□ Register to vote in your new town

□ Subscribe to a local newspaper or town newsletter




□ Read the Maine Campus, UMaine campus newspaper is free and published weekly and available on line

□ Know your academic advisor: set up a meeting and introduce your self before the Thanksgiving break

Spend time on campus beyond your scheduled class time, visit the library, attend a movie, have coffee at      Starbucks, etc.

Visit the Commuter lounge, 228 Memorial Union   

Meet other commuters   Have a free cup of coffee, Rent a locker, Read the Bangor Daily newspaper,
Connect with your M Project Guide



For more information contact
Barbara Smith, Staff Associate for CNTSP
Phone 207 581 1734,
228 Memorial Union 



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Contact Information

Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs
228 Memorial Union, Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207-581-1734 | Fax: 207 581 1737E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469