Foundations provides students who do not meet the admissions standards for their chosen major an opportunity to matriculate at the University of Maine on an academic contract with a restricted class schedule. Students cannot apply to this program but are admitted by admissions staff referral.
This one-year program is designed to allow students to adjust to the college environment and the academic rigors required at the University of Maine. To be eligible to enroll in this program, students must sign an admission contract agreeing to the terms of the program. Students enroll in a first-year seminar taught by their academic advisor as well as a select set of regular college level courses that fulfill the general education requirements. Students must take a math course during the first semester.
To ensure a successful transition from high school to college, students in the Foundations program will be required to attend (5) on-on-one meetings with their academic advisor during the first semester, attend every class in all courses in the program, successfully complete the Foundations FND 100 class with a passing grade, use the Tutor Program for at least one course, and meet one-on-one with a career counselor from the UMaine Career Center during the first semester.
To remain in the program, students must earn specific grade point averages at the end of each semester. At the end of the first semester, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. If their GPA is below that, they will be placed on academic probation with a specific academic contract that includes the requirement to participate in the academic recovery program. If their GPA is below 1.0, they will be suspended.
At the end of their second semester, a student must maintain a GPA of 2.0. If their GPA is below 2.0 and above a 1.5, they will be allowed to remain in the Foundations Program for a third semester on probation with a specific academic contract. If their GPA is below a 1.5, they will be suspended.
By successfully completing their first semester with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, or by completing their second semester with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, the student will be eligible to transfer to a major within one of the University of Maine’s five colleges. Students should realize that they are not guaranteed the ability to transfer to a specific UMaine program, as some programs may require a 2.5 GPA or better in order to transfer and some programs may have a space limit.
Academic Program Fact Sheet Links: Foundations; Foundations, 11-credit track; Foundations, 11-credit Pre-Business Administration track; Foundations, 13-credit Pre-Business Administration track