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First Year Experience Features

Here at UMaine we know that the first year of college can be difficult for many students. Whether you struggle with time management, navigating the university campus, making friends, or getting involved, we are here to help!  Our staff provides an additional layer of support for first-year students by helping to “fill the gaps” here at the university, thus making it easier for our students to find the resources and assistance that they need in order to be successful.

As part of the First Year Experience at UMaine, we require all first-year students to live on campus for their full first year.  Living on campus greatly increases students’ opportunities to get to know their peers, increases students’ access to faculty and staff, and it increases students’ access to clubs, organizations and campus events.  Our data also shows that students who live on campus their first year have a higher semester and cumulative GPA and also are much more likely to return to UMaine for their second year!

Check out our sidebar for more information about our programs, services, staff members, living on campus or resources for first-year students.

If you are a first-year student in need of help feel free to stop into the First Year Center, located on the ground floor of Androscoggin.  You can also call us to set up an appointment by calling 581-1420.

If you are a parent, faculty or staff member and you have a concern about a first-year student, please call the First Year Center at 581-1420 or contact Katie Harder-Taylor at

Move-In Information for Fall 2016
New, incoming students should plan to arrive on campus for Maine Hello on Friday August 26 between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Students will be assigned specific time slots during which they should plan to arrive, which helps keep the traffic moving smoothly throughout the day. More specific information will be mailed in early-mid August. You can also read more about Maine Hello here.