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About Onward

Applying to Onward

Candidates apply directly to the Onward Program. Application materials are available here  for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Paying for College

As University of Maine students, Onward students are eligible for financial aid packages. Through an arrangement with the University’s financial aid office, Onward students often receive preferential financial aid. In addition to traditional financial aid, Onward students are kept apprised of available scholarships, and Onward students sometimes qualify for special federal grants administered through the Onward Program and Financial Aid.



Meet some of our students

Follow this link to read Onward students’ stories.


Onward students take a selection of Onward courses at the University of Maine designed to prepare them not only for the academic content of the courses they will take for their degree, but also for the process of taking classes. Follow this link to learn the more about Onward courses, labs and credit.

Transferring from Onward

Onward is a gateway program for the University. It is the goal of all students to complete Onward requirements and transfer to the College of their choice at UMaine (see Majors and Colleges at

To transfer from Onward, a student must:

  • Complete the following Onward classes: ONR13, Onward ENG101, ONS12 or 14, ONO100;
  • Complete two semesters of Onward mathematics or complete MAT111;
  • Earn 15 University degree credits (see Onward Degree Credits at:;
  • Be in good academic standing; and
  • Achieve the minimum accumulative GPA for the target College.

Upon satisfying the above requirements, eligible students should notify their Advisor that they wish to transfer. A transfer form and letter of recommendation will be forwarded to the Dean of the target College. If the transfer is successful, the student will be notified and will be assigned an Academic Advisor within that College.


Onward News

2015 Onward Information Sessions

Dates will be posted in Fall 2014. In the Onward Information Sessions, Onward participants will share their personal experiences as students attending the University of Maine in the Onward Program. Staff will be available to answer questions about financial aid, coursework, work load, and more.Light refreshments will be served. All sessions take place in 125 East Annex on the University of Maine campus. A tour of our facility is included. Reservations are not needed, but are welcome. Call 581-2320 for more information.

Onward 1st year student helps keep veterans warm

Patrick Herbert, a first year Onward student and veteran, has started a coat drive for veterans. Check out the newscast here.

The Onward Program has two new instructors! We welcome Sara Sheppard as our Instructor of Developmental Reading and Writing and Todd Zoroya as our Instructor of Developmental Mathematics. Check out Sara and Todd's pages on the CSP Staff Links.
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Contact Information

Onward Program
125 East Annex, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2320 | Fax: (207) 581-4252E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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