Academics - Registration (Enrollment Information)
Maine law prohibits students born after 1956 from registering for classes until they have filed proof of immunization against measles, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria with the Cutler Health Center. New students will receive information about how to comply with this law upon admission to the University.
Students select and register for classes in consultation with an academic advisor. Students wishing to register for more than 18 hours in a semester must obtain permission from the associate dean of their college.
Courses are numbered to indicate their level. Those numbered 000-099 are considered remedial and do not count towards a University degree. Courses numbered 100-299 are often introductory in nature and intended to be taken during the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program. The numbers 300-399 usually indicate advanced courses with prerequisites designed for the junior and senior years of the undergraduate program. Courses numbered 400-499 are advanced baccalaureate courses, but graduate students may take them for graduate credit with appropriate permission of their graduate committee. Courses numbered 500-599 are designed for students working for graduate degrees, but undergraduates may take them with the permission of their academic advisor and of the professor teaching the course. Courses numbered 600-699 are highly advanced courses for graduate students exclusively.
With advance request from a student and appropriate departmental and Graduate School permission, 400-level courses taken while an undergraduate can be transferred toward a graduate degree if the courses are not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. They will be treated as graduate transfer credit and, as such, the grades will not be calculated into the graduate GPA.
Not every course is offered every semester. The Schedule of Classes lists the courses scheduled to be taught in a given semester, showing the days, times, and building locations where they meet. Students should use the Catalog and the Schedule of Classes to prepare a tentative class schedule before meeting with their academic advisors.
The University of Maine gives priority in registration to those students who are closest to graduation and therefore have the fewest semesters in which to complete all course requirements. Thus the registration priority is seniors (students having 84 or more degree credits) and First-year, Sophomore and Junior student-athletes who have competition in the fall, for fall registration and competition in the spring, for spring registration, juniors (students having 54 or more degree credits), sophomores (students having 24 or more degree credits), first-year students (students having less than 24 degree credits), and non-degree students.
The details of the registration procedure may vary depending upon which of the University’s colleges, schools or departments offer the student’s major program. In general, after meeting with an academic advisor, students are enabled to perform the actual registration using a personal computer or a telephone.
Some classes have been designated to maintain a Wait List in MaineStreet. If this is not an available option for a desired class, students may contact the department offering the class and inquire about a Wait List maintained within the department. Each department has the option of utilizing the automated Wait List feature in MaineStreet, or to manage lists manually. In either case, the following applies:
- Departments will review the Wait List and when openings occur, staff will either enroll or reorder students with the highest need based on class level, need for major, or classes needed to remain in course sequence.
- Responsibility lies on the student to be certain that classes for which they have been placed on a Wait List do not conflict with classes for which they are already enrolled. Should any conflicts exist, no enrollment from the Wait List will occur and the student will remain on the Wait List.
- Responsibility lies on the student to drop a class in which they have been enrolled as a result of the Wait List process, should the student no longer desire the class. Students enrolled in a class as a result of the Wait List process will receive email notification via the @maine.edu email address.
- A student may have a maximum of four total Wait List hours. Wait List hours count toward the total number of hours enrolled for a term.