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Educational Resources - Glossary of Common UMaine Terms

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Academic Advisor

An individual who helps students map out their academic plans, select courses, and adhere to academic regulations. Students are assigned an academic advisor for each major they have declared. Many academic advisors are faculty members, however the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development both have general advising centers with non-faculty advisors. Students typically meet with their academic advisors at least once per semester, and are required to meet with them to obtain their Enrollment PIN, which is necessary to register for classes on MaineStreet.

Check the right side of your Mainestreet Student Center page to find out who your academic advisor is. Note that students with multiple majors or minors may have multiple advisors.

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is based upon honesty. All students are expected to be honest in their academic endeavors. All academic work should be performed in a manner that will provide an honest reflection of the knowledge and abilities of each student. Any breach of academic honesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. As per the University of Maine System’s Student Code of Conduct, cheating and plagiarism can result in failing an assignment, failing a class, or dismissal from the University of Maine.

Academic Department

An academic subsection of a college or school. Students are each enrolled in an academic college (College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, etc.) but also, once they’ve declared a major, have an academic department (Civil Engineering, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.).

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Academic Probation

Students are placed on academic probation following a semester in which his/her cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. A student on probation who does not raise his/her cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0 after one semester of probationary status may face academic suspension. Typically, once a student is placed on probation, he/she will receive a letter from their academic college, which will outline the terms of the student’s academic probation.

Academic Recovery Program (ARP)

The Academic Recovery Program is a pass/fail course for first-year students who achieve a 1.5 or lower GPA during their first semester at UMaine. Students will be required to attend a weekly or bi-weekly seminar class, during which they will learn about academic success skills (time management, study skills), as well as about academic support services provided on campus. Students also must meet with their seminar instructor individually over the course of the semester, and must meet attendance requirements for all of their classes during the same semester. If a student fails the ARP seminar course, he/she will automatically be suspended from the university for the coming semester. Click here for more information on the Academic Recovery Program.

Academic Support Coordinator (ASC)

Academic Support Coordinators are part-time  graduate-level students who live in the residence halls and help students develop academic success skills. ASCs meet with students who need assistance in managing their time, developing good study habits, and taking tests. ASCs can also assist students who are looking for academic support services on campus, who are exploring options for majors, or who have issues or questions about academic policies, administrative practices, financial aid, and much more.

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Academic Suspension

Academic suspension indicates that a student is separated from the University of Maine for a minimum of one semester. A student must file an application for readmission. Suspension is the usual action when a student fails to make normal progress toward graduation, and can be a result of not improving the cumulative GPA to above 2.0 while on academic probation.

Add a Class

The University of Maine allows students to add courses at any time from the first day of a student’s eligible Enrollment Period through the fifth day of classes each semester. This can be done through the class registration feature in MaineStreet.

Adjunct Professor/Adjunct Instructor

A professor or instructor who typically works part-time or does not hold a long-term contract.

Alfond Arena

The Alfond Arena opened in 1977 and is home to many athletic groups such as the ice hockey team. It is a 5,124-seat multi-purpose arena.

Androscoggin Hall

One of the first-year residence halls, which is open to first-year students only.

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Aroostook Hall

One of the second-year experience residence halls,which is open to second-year students only. The fourth floor of Aroostook Hall houses the CHOICE Housing Community, for students who lead a chem-free lifestyle.

Assistant Community Coordinator (ACC)

Assistant Community Coordinators are part-time graduate-level students who live in the residence halls and assist the Community Coordinators in the management of the residence halls. Students living in the residence halls may meet with their ACC to discuss a variety of issues or concerns, including: roommates, community concerns, campus and community involvement, conduct issues, and more.

Attendance Policy

Most courses have a maximum number of class sessions allowed to be missed. If you miss more than this, you could automatically fail the course. Check the syllabus for each of your courses to see details about the attendance policy, as it may be different for each course.



Bachelor of Arts. Most humanities and some sciences fall under this category, depending on the curriculum.

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Bachelor of Science. Most hard sciences, such as physics, biology, and geology fall under this category, depending on curriculum.

Bachelor’s Degree

A degree typically achieved with the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Balentine Hall

Along with Colvin and Penobscot Halls, Balentine is one of three campus residence halls that house students who are enrolled in the Honors College.


Bananas the Black Bear has been the mascot of the University of Maine since 1914.


Bangor Area Transportation. This public bus picks up in the traffic circle outside of the Memorial Union and stops in places such as Old Town, Veazie, the Bangor Mall, and Downtown Bangor. Students ride free with their MaineCard!

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Bear Bucks

University of Maine currency that is tied to your MaineCard. You can add money using cash or a credit/debit card at kiosks in places such as the Memorial Union, Wells Commons, and Hilltop Commons. You can also add funds using BlackBoard. Bear Bucks can be used for things such as printing, copying, and making purchases at various campus venues.

Do not confuse Bear Bucks with Dining Funds, as Dining Funds can ONLY be used at Black Bear Dining locations (Markets, Commons, Oakes Room, Bear’s Den, etc.). When you are adding funds to your card make sure you add them to the correct account.


A web-based tool that provides a means of communication between class members and faculty. This tool provides discussion boards, on-line examinations, assignments, and other information. You can also use BlackBoard to add Bear Bucks or Dining Funds to your MaineCard. The username and password for BlackBoard is the same as your “” username and password (without the “”).

Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism coordinates and promotes community service projects including the First Year Day of Service, which occurs during the first weekend of the school year, and Maine Day, which occurs on the last Wednesday of April. The Bodwell Center is located on the upper floor of the Memorial Union.

Bookstore (The University Bookstore)

A one-stop-shop for all your academic needs. The UMaine Bookstore is located on the lower floor of the Memorial Union and sells textbooks, school supplies, clothing and novelty items with UMaine logos, toiletries, and more. The Computer Connection is located inside the UMaine Bookstore and sells various technology needs, including computers, flashdrives, and more.

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A period of time during which classes are not in session. Short breaks include October Break and Thanksgiving Break where residence halls remain open, but dining services are limited. Longer breaks include Winter Break and Spring Break, where residence halls (except Knox Hall, York Hall, and DTAV/Patch) are closed and all dining Commons are closed. The Marketplace is open with limited hours and services.

Bursar’s Office

The Bursar’s Office is where you go to pay your bill or make inquiries about your bill, and is located on the first floor of Alumni Hall, which is on the Mall.


Career Center

The Career Center’s mission is to empower UMaine students to identify and reach their goals. This mission is a collaborative effort between our staff, students, faculty, employers, and alumni. The Career Center manages CareerLink, career counseling, helps with finding internships, resume workshops, interview help, and offers personality inventories such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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Community Coordinator (CC)

Community Coordinators are full-time professional staff members who live in the residence halls and manage up to three campus residence halls. CCs also work closely with the ACCs, ASCs, and RAs to provide a wide array of support services to students who are living on campus. Students may see their CC for a variety of reasons, including: roommate issues, community concerns, learning about campus and community involvement, conduct issues, and much more.

Chair/Department Chair

The chair is the leader of an academic department and usually reports to the Dean of their particular college. Some academic requests require permission from the department chair. For example, if you wish to change your major or minor you will need the signature of the department chair.

Class Registration

This is the process of selecting classes in November and March for the following semester. This is done through MaineStreet and requires an enrollment PIN that you can only get through your academic advisor.


An interactive handheld tool used in some classes to mark attendance and to participate in in-class surveys. Clickers can be purchased at the Bookstore at the beginning of each semester.

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An academic sub-section of the university. The University of Maine has 7 colleges: College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, Honors College, College of Business, and the Graduate School.

Colvin Hall

Along with Balentine and Penobscot Halls, Colvin Hall is one of three campus residence halls that are open to students who are enrolled in the Honors College. Colvin Hall is also home to the main office for the Honors College. If students have questions about the Honors College, Honors curriculum, or Honors classes, they should stop by Colvin during regular business hours.


Another term for a dining hall. UMaine features three commons- York, Hilltop and Wells- where residential student meal plans can be used.

Community Standards, Rights & Responsibilities, Office of (OCSRR)

An office within the Division of Student Life that promotes personal responsibility through educational outreach to the University community and the enforcement of the Student Conduct Code through educational interventions. Students who violate the Student Code of Conduct will be required to meet with a hearing officer from OCSRR.

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The focus of a student’s academic program or advanced study in a specific subject or field. Some majors require a specific concentration; for instance, students majoring in Psychology may concentrate in Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal/Social Psychology, or Developmental Psychology.

Courtesy Hours

All residence halls have a 24-hour courtesy hours policy. This policy essentially states that students who are living in the residence halls should be mindful of the effects of their noise level on nearby neighbors. If a student is approached by another student who asks him/her to lower their noise level, that student should respond by doing so immediately, regardless of the time of day or the day of the week.


A unit that gives weighting to the value, level or time requirements of an academic course. A typical undergraduate course is worth 3 credits. Lab-based course are typically worth 4 credits due to the additional work required by the lab component.

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Credit Hour

Typically, the number of credits a class is worth equates to how many hours per week a student will be in that class. A class that is worth 3 credits will typically be scheduled for 3 hours per week.

Cubby, The

The Cubby is the on-campus student mailing services office. All packages that are too big to fit into residence hall mailboxes are sent to the Cubby, which is located in the Memorial Union. Residential students who are expecting a package to be delivered to campus will receive an email alert when their package has arrived at The Cubby and can be picked up. Other services offered at The Cubby include outgoing USPS mail and stamp sales.

Cumberland Hall

One of the first-year residence halls, which is open to first-year students only.


The subjects and classes comprising a particular field of study. Each major, minor or program of study has a correlated curriculum, which outlines exactly what a student must do in order to graduate with the corresponding degree. To find your curriculum, visit the UMaine Catalog.

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Cutler Health Center

Cutler Health Center is UMaine’s on-campus medical facility. Run by Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cutler offers non-emergency services such as immunizations, labs, physical exams, and women’s exams. Regular walk-in hours are Monday-Friday 10am-3pm. Summer walk-in hours are Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 10am-1pm.



Each Dean heads up a unit at the University.  Each academic college (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering) as well as the Division of Student Life are chaired by a Dean who oversees all of the operations within that college.

Dining Funds

A declining balance of funds that come with some meal plans. Dining funds can be used at any Black Bear Dining facility, such as the Marketplace, the Oakes Room in Fogler Library, the Bear’s Den, and any of the mini-markets inside the dining commons. By using Dining Funds instead of cash or a credit card, you can save up to 12% off of food and drink items.

To add dining dollars to your MaineCard, you can visit one of the MaineCard kiosks located in Hilltop Commons, Wells Commons, or the main floor of the Memorial Union using cash or a credit/debit card. You can also add funds on the MaineCard tab of BlackBoard once you have logged into your account.

Disability Support Services

This office works with all students who have short or long-term disabilities for which they may need additional support. DSS works closely with faculty and staff members in many other departments to create appropriate support structures to meet individual student needs. Accommodations may include housing or dining plans, transportation assistance to and from classes, additional testing time, mentoring, and more. Students who had an IEP or 504 plan in high school should contact DSS proactively to see what accommodations may be offered at UMaine.

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Doris Twitchell Allen Village & Patch Residence Halls (DTAV/Patch)

DTAV and Patch are on-campus apartment units that are open to students with junior and senior standing only. Apartment units include a kitchen, bathroom and 1-4 individual or double bedrooms. Students living in DTAV/Patch are not required to have meal plans.

Dropping a Class

Classes can be dropped with a refund up until the 10th day of classes each semester. Before dropping a class, make sure you do not drop below 12 credits for Financial Aid purposes, or 9 credits for the purpose of keeping on-campus housing. You can drop a class using the Registration tab on MaineStreet.



All degree programs require a minimum number of credits to graduate (typically around 120 credits). However, the required courses for the degree may total less than the total credits required to graduate. Therefore, the student should plan to take additional elective courses to complete the minimum credit requirement for graduation. Elective courses may be of any type, from any area of the university and do not have to be related to the student’s field of study. For instance, a Psychology major may choose to take an elective in French or Environmental Studies.

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Emergency Alert System

The system used at UMaine to send out informational messages about emergencies on or near campus. If the student is using FirstClass, a message will pop up when there is an emergency on or near campus. This is an automated system and does not require special registration. Campus community members may also choose to register their cell phones to receive automated text alerts. Lastly, an audible siren may also sound on campus in the event of an emergency. When the audible alarm is sounded, campus community members should check FirstClass, the UMaine webpage or their text alerts for more information about what they should do (go inside, leave campus, be on alert, etc.).

Enrollment Period

The time period in which students are able to enroll in classes for the upcoming semester. To find your enrollment period, log into the Student Center on MaineStreet. Your Enrollment period should be listed just below your To-Do list on the right side of the page.


Students who are unsure of which major they would like to pursue when they begin at UMaine can elect to be part of this introductory program. In this program each student takes a weekly seminar where they learn about campus resources, learning strategies, time management, and the many programs and majors offered at UMaine. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with the seminar instructor several times over the course of the semester on an individual basis to discuss the student’s academic interests.

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Faculty Member

An umbrella term used to refer to a professor or class instructor.

Finals Week

The last week of each semester, when most final exams are held. The day, time, and location for finals may be different from your regularly scheduled class sessions. To see your final exam schedule, go to your Student Center in MaineStreet and select the “other academic…” drop-down box. Then click “Exam Schedule”.

Financial Aid

Any form of funds given to a student for educational purposes is called financial aid. Financial aid can come in the form of loans (federal or private), scholarships, grants, and Federal Work Study. Students who wish to receive federal financial aid need to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year for the upcoming academic year. Students are not required to accept any or all of the aid that is granted to them, thus UMaine strongly encourages each student to submit a FAFSA regardless of whether the student expects to need the aid. Better to be safe than sorry!

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Financial Aid Office

The office that serves as the contact point for all student financial aid information. The Financial Aid Office is located in Wingate Hall. In order for a parent/family member to contact Financial Aid with questions or concerns about a student’s financial aid package, the student must submit a Student Consent to Release Information Form.


UMaine’s communications system which provides all students with the ability to communicate and share information via email, conferencing, directories, individual and shared calendars and online chats. Many online classes are taught through FirstClass. This account is different from your “” email address, and thus requires a different login and password. If you have not set up your FirstClass account or are having issues with FirstClass, click here for assistance.

First Year Center (FYC)

The First Year Center is home to the First Year Experience staff members, and is located on the ground floor of Androscoggin Hall. Both first-year students and their parents/families may contact the FYC with any questions or concerns about the First Year Experience, campus services and support structures for first-year students, or concerns about particular first-year students.

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First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience is the overarching program that works to connect first-year students to the University of Maine campus and to their peers, while also helping first-year students to be academically successful. The FYE is based out of the First Year Center.

First Year Residence Requirement (FYRR)

The University of Maine believes that residence hall living is an educational opportunity that all new students should experience. On-campus residence is required for all newly admitted first-year students who are: aged 20 or younger; do not live with a parent or legal guardian within easy commuting distance of the campus (35 miles); are not student veterans; and do not have exceptional circumstances that prevent them from meeting this requirement. The First Year Residence Requirement is part of the Room and Board License.

Fogler Library

Maine’s largest Library, Fogler is located on the Mall, next to the Memorial Union. Printing and copying services are available here with your MaineCard. The first floor is home to the computer lab, the Oakes Room, and the reading resource room, which is great for group work. The second floor is home to the Presidents Room and is great for quiet study. The third floor has strict noise policies and is a great study location for students who like to study in complete silence.

Fogler Library hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30am-Midnight, Friday 7:30am-10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am-Midnight. Summer and break hours may be different.

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The Foundations program provides students who do not meet the academic standards for their chosen major an opportunity to begin taking classes at the University of Maine on an academic contract with a restricted class schedule. Students cannot apply to this program but are referred by Admissions staff.


Gannett Hall

One of the first-year residence halls, which is open to first-year students only.

General Education Requirement (Gen ed/GER)

All UMaine students must complete a set of general courses outside of the courses required for their individual major. These requirements ensure that all students are getting a well-rounded education, by requiring all students to take minimum requirements in: math, english, science, ethics, the arts, and the humanities. Click here for a GenEd Requirement worksheet. To see which GenEd requirements you still need to fulfill, go to your Student Center in MaineStreet and click on “View Degree Progress Report”.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A number-based grading system, typically used in colleges and universities. A semester GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted, within that single semester. The cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in all semesters by the total number of credit hours attempted in all semesters. A GPA may range from a 0.0 to a 4.0.

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A form of Financial Aid . Unlike loans, educational grants do not need to be repaid.

Guest Policy (for residence halls)

Students should feel as if they can welcome a guest to their room for a visit. Prior to any guest visiting a resident’s room, the resident should discuss the time frame of the visit and expectations of such a guest with their roommate(s). Out of fairness, no student may refuse to allow their roommate to have guests and then expect to have guests over themselves. No guest can remain in the student room for longer than 2 consecutive nights in any given week. A guest may also not stay for two nights every week. Guests should be escorted through the halls by their hosting resident and are expected to follow all university/residence hall policies. All guests are required to use the appropriate restrooms, based on their sex, while in the residence halls. Hosting residents are responsible for their guest’s behavior, particularly when their guest is a not a UMaine student.


Hancock Hall

One of the second-year experience residence halls,which is open to second-year students only.

Hart Hall

One of the second-year experience residence halls,which is open to second-year students only.

Health & Safety Inspections

Inspections to ensure that all residential rooms on campus are within policy and fire regulation. These are performed at least four times per year, and are typically scheduled right before or during breaks. Students will receive notice at least 24 hours in advance of the inspections. Students may request to be present while the inspection is being completed; the student should contact his/her Community Coordinator to schedule the inspection.

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Hilltop Commons

A dining hall located on the upper floor of the Hilltop building. Hilltop is located adjacent to Knox Hall, Oxford Hall, and Somerset Hall.


Holds are applied to student accounts for various reasons and prevent students from registering for classes, receiving  official transcripts, or even graduating. Holds can be placed on an account due to an overdue bill, missing immunization records, or suspension or dismissal from UMaine.

To have a hold removed, students should contact:

Housing Contract/Room and Board License

A housing contract is an academic year-long agreement between a student and the University of Maine. This contract needs to be signed to be eligible for on-campus housing. Canceling a housing contract after moving into a residence hall, but before the end of the academic year, can result in large penalty fees. Due to the First Year Residence Requirement, first year students are not allowed to break this contract to move off-campus.



Proof of some types of vaccinations (shots) are required for enrollment at UMaine. Immunization records must be mailed to: Immunization Records Shared Processing Center, PO Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412. Or the records can be sent by fax to: 207.561. 3430.

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A college-level teacher who is not a professor.


Kennebec Hall

One of the second-year experience residence halls,which is open to second-year students only. The top two floors of Kennebec Hall house new, incoming transfer students as part of the Transfer Student Program.

Knox Hall

One of the first-year residence halls, which is open to first-year students only. Knox Hall is open through the academic year, including over winter and spring breaks when other residence halls are closed.


Lab (class)

Most lab classes are supplemental to a larger lecture course, and include practical application of information learned in a lecture. Lab classes usually meet once per week in small groups. For instance, students taking Biology 100 will attend a large lecture three times per week and a smaller lab class section once per week, where they will work in small groups on projects that relate to course material learned in the lectures.

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Leave of Absence

Undergraduate students in good academic standing and who have no financial indebtedness to the University may request a leave of absence from the University for up to two semesters. Students returning from leave normally are required to return to the college in which they were enrolled when the leave began. Students must obtain approval for a leave of absence the semester prior to the desired leave. Students desiring a leave of absence should contact the Dean of their academic college.


A class where the professor or instructor teaches and the students take notes. Unlike a seminar class, lecture classes have little class or group discussion.

Loans (Student)

In order to help students afford a college education, the Federal Government allows students to apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Students can be awarded aid in multiple forms, including loans.  There are two types of students loans- unsubsidized and subsidized.  Subsidized loans are preferable, as they accrue little to no interest during the time while the student is enrolled in classes.  Unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest immediately.


Maine Bound

The Maine Bound Adventure Center is a converted barn next to the Memorial Union that features a 32′ climbing tower, 45′ long x 12′ high bouldering wall, classroom space, and an outdoor recreation area for volleyball, barbeques, and picnics. It is the primary outdoor program on campus offering adventure trips, gear rentals, indoor rock climbing, and a full low and high ropes challenge course.

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This is your student ID. You need to have your MaineCard to do laundry, borrow library books, use printing and photocopying services, enter your residence hall and room, and make purchases with Dining Funds or Bear Bucks. For more information about the services offered on your MaineCard, or to deposit money onto your MaineCard, please visit the online card office.


Online software that allows students and staff to access and manage their academic and financial records, all in one easy-to-use site. In MaineStreet, you can add and drop courses, view account balances, check your course schedule, make an account payment, browse your student records, and enter work hours for your on-campus job. The username and login for MaineStreet is the same as your “” username and password (without the “”).

If you are having trouble logging in or using MaineStreet, click here for assistance.


A specific area of study. Students take most of their courses within their major during their college career that leads to a degree. Students must declare a major before the end of their fourth semester.

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The large grassy area in front of the Fogler Library. Many events such as the Annual President’s Dinner are hosted here.

May Term

After the academic year ends, a number of summer class sessions are offered.  May Term refers to a three-week period of time during which students can take a single course.  These courses are typically taught for at least a half-day every day of the week, thus the learning experience is much more intense than when the coursework is spread out over a 15-week semester. However, this also gives a student the opportunity to focus on a single class (perhaps a difficult subject).

Medical Single

In order to meet the unique needs of our students, we offer the opportunity for those students with special medical or ability needs the option of applying for a single room in a residence hall. Medical singles are located in a number of our residence halls and offer a variety of accommodations that may fit a student’s needs. For more information about the process of applying for a medical single, please contact Ann Smith, Director of Disability Support Services.

Medical Withdrawal

A student with an illness or medical condition that significantly interferes with his or her ability to attend classes may be eligible for a medical withdrawal. Medical withdrawals must be processed through the student’s academic advisor and/or the Associate Dean of the student’s academic college. The academic advisor/Associate Dean can also work with the student to determine if a medical withdrawal is the best option, as compared to other options, including taking a leave of absence, taking incompletes and completing courses at a later time, etc.

Memorial Union

The central hub for campus. Here you can find the Division of Student Life, the Bear’s Den marketplace, the Bookstore, the Cubby, the Wade Center (office locations of many student organizations), and much more. The BAT bus also picks up in the loop outside of the union regularly.

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An area of study that usually only requires 15-21 credits. Minors can be pursued in most academic areas and usually complement the major. Students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to pursue either a double major or a major and minor.

Morse Field

Home to the University of Maine Black Bears football team, this is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium.


Oak Hall

On-campus housing for returning students (sophomore-seniors).

Office of Multicultural Student Life (OMSL)

A space where people of all races, ethnicities, and colors can feel welcomed and appreciated. Through a sense of community, OMSL encourages and educates others about the significance and contributions of everyone, regardless of heritage. OMSL can be found on the third floor of the Memorial Union. For more information about the programs and services provided by OMSL, please contact our staff.

Online Class

Some courses are taught entirely online, through web tools such as BlackBoard or FirstClass. Online classes are good for students who live a long distance from campus and cannot easily commute every day. Because online classes do not require in-person attendance, students have to be able to hold themselves accountable to completing material in a timely fashion. Students who do not have a high amount of self-motivation and strong time management skills typically do not succeed in online classes.

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Oxford Hall

One of the first-year residence halls, which is open to first-year students only.


Penobscot Hall

Along with Colvin and Balentine Halls, Penobscot Hall is one of the Honors Housing residence halls.  In order to be eligible to live in Penobscot the student must be part of the Honors College.


Personal Identification Number. An Enrollment PIN is required to register for classes using MaineStreet. You can only obtain your PIN from your academic advisor, and without it, you cannot register for classes. Your PIN number will change each semester. Registration for summer classes does not require a PIN number.


A teacher of the highest academic rank at a college or university who has been awarded the title Professor in a particular branch of learning. Professors typically have to complete the highest degree in their field- usually a doctorate (PhD).



The outside space between a group of residence halls is referred to as a quad. Quad space is available for residential programs, recreation, and leisure. In order to reserve a quad space for a student group or event, please contact the First Year Center at 207-581-1420.

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Quiet Hours

Typically, Quiet Hours are as follows: Sunday-Thursday 10:00pm-7:00am the following morning, Friday and Saturday nights 12:00 Midnight-7:00am the following morning. During quiet hours, noise level is restricted to an acceptable atmosphere for study and sleep. During quiet hours, noise should not be heard outside of a student’s door or in adjacent rooms where others may be disturbed. Stereos, video games, and televisions should be at a lower volume so not to be heard outside of the student room or from open windows. Extended quiet hours are offered in the days leading up to finals week and through the end of finals week.


Rainbow Resource Center (RRC)

This drop-in resource center for LGBT students and allies offers a gathering and social space for students who identify as being part of this community.  The center also offers a lending library full of resources. You can find the RRC on the main floor of the Memorial Union near the Information Center.

Rec Center

The New Balance Student Recreation Center is located on Hilltop Road and is home to a recreational pool and hot tub, an indoor track, a large open basketball floor, an indoor arena, racquetball courts, weights and cardio exercise equipment, and rooms for group fitness classes.

Recitation Class/Recitation Section

Recitation classes or sections are designed to supplement a lecture-style class.  Typically a student will attend multiple lecture classes and recitation classes in a single week.  While during the lecture the student will be taught new material, during a recitation the instructor may offer supplemental instruction, review concepts from the lecture, have students complete problems to help them further learn the material, or work on homework as a group.

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Resident Assistant (RA)

RAs are returning student leaders who live on the residence halls with other students, and who go through a rigorous selection and training process. RAs are tasked with connecting with all students in their community on an individual basis, ensure the safety and security of the community, enforce policies, plan programs to help students connect with one another, offer advice and guidance to fellow students, and much more. Students who have any questions, concerns, or who are seeking resources on campus should first speak with their RA.  If the RA is not able to provide the student with what he/she is seeking, the RA will make a referral to an appropriate other staff member or campus office.

Room & Board

This refers to the cost for a residence hall room and a meal plan through Black Bear Dining. With the exception of those who live in DTAV/Patch with full kitchens, all students who live on campus are required to have meal plans.

Rumble on the Hill (The Rumble)

During the first six weeks of fall semester all first-year students are invited to participate in a number of large and small events held across campus. These events range in size and focus, and are designed to help students learn about the campus, resources available to them, and also are just plain fun. Students check in at each event and earn points for attendance, which can lead to prizes for both the individual and for the residence hall that the student is representing.



In order to help students afford a college education, the Federal Government allows students to apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Students can be awarded aid in multiple forms, including scholarships.  Scholarships may be awarded for a number of reasons, including for financial need (need-based scholarship), due to high academic scores (merit-based scholarship), because the student is pursuing a particular major, is from a particular town or state, etc.

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Second Year Experience (SYE)

Second Year Experience is the overarching program that works to support second-year students as they continue to develop their academics and career interests.


Half of an academic year, usually about 15 weeks of classes. Fall semester usually runs from early September through mid-December and Spring semester usually runs from mid-January  through mid-May. Most classes last one semester.

Seminar Class

A seminar class is based around class discussion, and therefore typically has no more than 30 students in a single section. For instance, most English classes are seminar classes because students will share their writing, review one another’s papers, and discuss writing topics in the classroom setting. Students who are taking a seminar course are typically graded not only on their individual assignments, but also on class attendance and group discussion participation.

Somerset Hall

One of the first-year residence halls, which is open to first-year students only.

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Student Life, the Division of

A Division of the university that seeks to provide support to students beyond the classroom experience.  Within the Division, there are a number of departments, including: Residence Life (residence halls), Campus Activities and Student Engagement (campus events, clubs and organization), Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Office of Community Standards, Rights and Responsibilities (conduct), Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, the Counseling Center, and more.

Student Code of Conduct

It is the purpose of the University of Maine System Student Code of Conduct to promote the pursuit of activities that contribute to the intellectual, ethical, and physical development of the individuals under the auspices of the University of Maine System and the individual campuses. It is also the purpose of this code to ensure the safety of persons engaging in those pursuits; to protect the free and peaceful expression of ideas; and to assure the integrity of various academic processes.  In short, it is a contract all students must abide by for the entire duration of their time at UMaine.

Student Wellness Resource Center (SWRC)

The SWRC offers students opportunities to look at personal behaviors and options to choose healthy lifestyles, grounded in moderation and the acceptance of personal responsibility for action. SWRC sponsors many events such as the Healthy High 5k/10k race, wellness fairs, and more.

SWRC also houses our resident Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Bud Walkup. If students are seeking information about alcohol and drug counseling, have questions or concerns about their own or another student’s behavior, or want to stop smoking, they can contact SWRC to set up an appointment to learn more about our services.

Summer Classes

Many colleges and universities offer students the opportunity to take courses during the summer.  UMaine offers several different summer sessions, including May Term and options of courses that run for 3, 5, 6, or 8-week periods.  More information about the summer term schedule can be found here, and information about how to register for summer courses can be found here.

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At the beginning of each semester or academic term the instructor will provide students with a syllabus. The syllabus outlines all of the important information that a student must know about the course, which may include: instructors’ contact information and office hours, textbooks or other materials required for the course, attendance policy, an overview of the schedule for each class, dates and information about major assignments, the course grading policy, and more. The syllabus is the contract between the instructor and the student, so it is important that a student always reads the syllabus thoroughly so that he/she is clear about the expectations that the instructor has for him/her. Please note that the syllabus may not always be provided in paper copy, and may alternately be posted online.



The name of the Internet server the University of Maine system uses. You will need to log in using your MaineStreet ID and password. Any guests need to use the “UMS-Guest” server.


A document that shows a student’s degree progress, including all grades for all courses taken, as well as the cumulative GPA and GPA for each semester. You can view an unofficial transcript on MaineStreet or request an official transcript from the Office of Student Records.


Tuition is the cost of attending/taking courses.  Typically tuition costs are calculated on a per-credit basis, but will also include a base set of fees that all students are charged, regardless of how many credits the student is taking.  For more information about how tuition is calculated, please visit the Bursar’s Office website.

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The Tutor Program offers tutoring for students in select 100 and 200 level courses. Students are only eligible to sign-up for one tutor per semester, and must do so by a deadline. Students who need help with more than one course should schedule an appointment with the Tutor Program to identify other campus resources that may be of help to the student, including drop-in tutoring at the library, the Writing Center, the Math Lab, and more.


University of Maine Police Department (UMPD)

Full-service on-campus police department staffed by state-certified police officers and support personnel 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

The telephone number for UMPD is 207-581-4040. Program it into your cell phone right now! Calling 911 from your cell phone will cause delays in emergency response if you are on UMaine property, as it will get bounced to your local (home) department first.

University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC)

UMaine’s on-campus emergency service. To reach UVAC, call UMPD at 207-581-4040. Do not call 911 from your cell phone while on campus, as it will go to an off-campus dispatcher and delay the emergency response.

UVAC is a student-run ambulance service located on-campus. For students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, this is a great way to get hands-on experience.

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When a class you want to register for is full, you can sometimes be put on an automatic waitlist. Each time a seat in the class opens, the next person from the waitlist will be automatically added to the class. If you add yourself to a waitlist, be sure to check your MaineStreet account regularly to see if you have been added to the class, as you will not otherwise be notified.


Once classes for the following semester are posted on MaineStreet, students can create a tentative schedule for themselves. Much like the process of online shopping, the wishlist feature allows students to peruse the course catalog for the coming semester and bookmark classes (and class times) that they may be interested in.

Creating a wishlist does not automatically enroll the student in courses. Once the student’s enrollment period begins, he or she will need to log back into MaineStreet and enroll in the classes that he or she would like.

Wells Commons

The dining facility located in Wells, which is between Hart Hall, Oak Hall, Dunn Hall, and Corbett Hall.


During the first third of the semester, a student may drop courses without academic penalty. All such dropped courses are deleted from the student’s academic record, and the student is issued a refund for any additional tuition funds that were applied to the student account for that course.

During the second third of the semester, a student may withdraw from a course if the student’s academic advisor and Dean approve. Courses dropped during this time period will still appear on the student’s academic record with a grade of “W”. The grade will not be computed into the GPA.

During the final third of the semester, any courses dropped will normally carry a grade of “WF” (which is a withdrawal fail and is calculated as an F) unless extenuating circumstances prevail. This grade will show on the student’s academic record and will be computed into the semester average as a failing grade.

If you withdraw from the university, you will need to contact your Dean’s office to let them know your intentions. After you speak with your Dean’s office, please contact the Financial Aid Office for specific information on how your withdrawal will affect your Financial Aid.

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Work Study

In order to help students afford a college education, the Federal Government allows students to apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Students can be awarded aid in multiple forms, including work-study funds. This is not money that the student will automatically receive, but rather an amount of money that the student may earn by securing a work-study job and working an appropriate amount of hours over the course of the academic year. If a student does not secure a work-study position during the first semester of the year, typically the work-study funds are revoked for the entire year. For more information about finding a work-study position, please visit the Student Employment website.


York Hall

For fall 2014 York Hall will be a first-year residence hall, open only to first-year students.

York Commons

A dining facility located in York Hall. Students who are inside York Hall must exit the residence hall in order to access the dining commons.

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Contact Information

First Year Experience
016 Androscoggin Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1420 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System