TO NEW NON- TRADITIONAL STUDENTS :
Congratulations on your decision to enroll at the University of Maine. 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. 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, new students are invited to attend an orientation program that includes an over night stay 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 program and there is no additional cost.
However, UMaine recognizes that as a non-traditional student, you may have more time constraints and some unique needs as a new student. In light of this, I have coordinated with New Student Programs to suggest some special arrangements for your Summer Orientation program.
If the overnight stay in the residence halls and the evening social events do not meet your scheduling needs, I would suggest you plan to attend the
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
I have marked these dates in bold.
Summer Orientation 2013
Collins Center for the Arts
Fri& Sat, June 14 & 15 Explorations/
Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture
Sat& Sun, June 15 & 16 Engineering, Maine Business School
, Education & Human Development
Sun & Mon, June 16 & 17 Foundations/ Liberal Arts and Sciences
Fri & Sat, June 21 & 22 Engineering/ Maine Business /
Sat& Sun, June 22 & 23 Liberal Arts and Science/Explorations
Sun & Mon, June 23 & 24 Education and Human Development/
Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture
If you chose the alternative schedule for non-traditional students, you should arrive on campus by 8:00AM on Day Two and go directly to the Commuter Lounge, 228 Memorial Union. You will have a chance to meet other new nontraditional students and review the orientation schedule. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for an M Project guide. These are nontraditional students who have been successful here at UMaine and are looking forward to helping you as you start out as a UMaine student.
At 9:00AM you can meet with other students in your college for Class Scheduling & Advising. If you plan to stay the rest of that day, (Saturday and Sunday only) you can participate in the Information Fair and the various Information sessions. Please note there are information sessions scheduled that afternoon for veterans, athletes, transfer students and more. You can also purchase a parking pass then and have your MaineCard photo taken. The full schedule is available at: http://umaine.edu/orientation/summer-orientation/ You’ll also notice some tips for new students on the New Student Programs website. This includes a notice to activate your Maine Street account. In addition you should activate your FirstClass account and forward your “Maine.edu” account to your FirstClass mailbox.
Be sure to register with NSO for the Summer Orientation session that you plan to attend (although you’ll arrive Day Two). You should also send a confirmation to me at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm which date you’ll be arriving the morning of Day Two.
Please note that I will not be in the office May 31 – August 9, If you have questions about this alternative orientation schedule or general questions about being a nontraditional student, please feel free to contact the Deans of Students Office at 207 581 1406
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 http://umaine.edu/cntsp/mproject/ to sign up for an M Project guide.
If you are a Veteran (or a veteran’s dependent) you may also want to visit http://www.umaine.edu/veterans/ for the VETS checklist and to request an M Project Guide.for UMaine student-veterans.
Congratulations again on your decision to enroll at UMaine. Be sure to drop by the Commuter Lounge at 228 Memorial Union any time. I look forward to meeting you.
Staff Associate for Student Life
Commuter and Non Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP)
Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS)