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Summer Orientation for Non -Traditional Students



May 2014


Congratulations on your acceptance at the University of Maine. I am certainly hoping that you have decided to enroll and will be attending UMaine this coming fall.

As a non-traditional student, you will be part of a special group of students who have chosen to pursue a UMaine degree while already managing many other life roles.  Over 15% of UMaine undergraduates are considered non-traditional. Non-traditional students are those who have chosen to come to college several years past their graduation from high school, undergraduates who are 24 years or older, are parents themselves and/or are veterans. As the Staff Associate for Commuter and Non Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP), it is my role to assist you in becoming a successful, engaged UMaine student.

By now you may have received an invitation to the UMaine Summer/June Orientation program for newly admitted students.  As you can see, all new students are invited to attend an orientation program that includes an overnight stay in the residence hall on the UMaine campus. The Summer Orientation is designed to assist you as a new student to learn more about the campus resources available to you as well as help you plan your academic program. All new students are strongly encouraged to attend the Summer Orientation programs

However, UMaine recognizes that as a non-traditional student, you may have more time constraints and some unique needs.  In light of this, we have made some special arrangements for your Summer Orientation program.  This special schedule begins with “Day Two” and does not include the overnight on campus. The dates and associated colleges are outlined below.

Non – Traditional Student Summer Orientation
Commuter Lounge 228 Memorial Union at 8:00AM- 9:00AM

Followed by  Academic Advising ( see Summer Orientation schedule)

Day Two of your college’s scheduled summer orientation.

This alternate schedule will work best if that Day Two is a Saturday or Sunday. On these days , you could chose to stay on campus for the Information fair and sessions which are part of the next session


Friday & Saturday, June 13 & 14, 2014

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 2014
Natural Sciences, Forestry &Agriculture/Education and Human Development

Sunday & Monday, June 15 & 16, 2014
Foundations/Liberal Arts & Sciences/Maine Business School

 Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21, 2014
Natural Sciences, Forestry &Agriculture/Maine Business School/Foundations

 Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22, 2014
Liberal Arts & Sciences/Explorations

Sunday & Monday, June 22 & 23, 2014
Education and Human Development/Engineering

This alternative schedule for non-traditional students begins at 8:00AM on Day Two in the Commuter Lounge, 228 Memorial Union. You’ll get a chance to meet some other new non-traditional students and we’ll review some of the resources and programs available to you. Then you’ll go on to meet with faculty and other students in your college for class scheduling and advising. There’s a short break for you to grab lunch and then if its Saturday or Sunday you can participate in the Information Fair in the CCA lobby. You can purchase a parking pass then and have your MaineCard photo taken.

Be sure to register at NSO for the Summer Orientation session that you plan to attend (although you’ll arrive Day Two). You should also send me an email at to let me know which date you’ll be arriving the morning of Day Two.

You will also want to plan the Commuter Maine Hello/Commuter Welcome Day on August 28, 2014. This is a special welcome day designed to meet the needs of new students who will be living on campus. As a new student you’ll receive information about the Fall Welcome Program over the summer.

As I mentioned, Commuter and Non Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP) wants to assist you as a new student at UMaine. I encourage you to check out our web site at to learn about the services and programs we provide and be sure to drop by the Commuter Lounge at 228 Memorial Union any time .

Congratulations again on your acceptance to UMaine. I look forward to meeting you.


Barbara Smith. Staff Associate for Student Life
Commuter and Non Traditional Student Programs


You may have heard about the Maine Hello , the fall welcome program for new students . This programs   welc0mes the new  first year residential students. Now we have planned a special Welcome Day  for new students who will be commuters . This group of commuter students includes First Year ( recent high school graduates ) , non traditional students  and veteran students. So join plan to also us for the New  Student /Commuters  Welcome   Day on August 28 , 2014