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Onward Courses, Labs and Degree Credit

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. Onward courses include homework, tests, quizzes, essays, and final exams, just like courses taken for a student’s degree. They are offered during the regular University schedule, and students taking them are, in all ways, University of Maine students. Many of our students recognize Onward classes for providing them with both the self-discipline and knowledge necessary to earn their degrees. Onward students usually take the following selection of courses (follow links to learn about each course area):


All Onward courses have a corresponding lab time where students can come for help and to work with a peer who has successfully completed the course. Labs are offered several hours per week.

Degree Credits for Onward Courses

Students who successfully complete Onward classes will earn a number of University degree credits during the first year. Follow this link to learn more about degree credit for Onward courses.

Typical First-Year Student Schedule

First-year Onward students have a variety of schedules depending on a number of factors. Follow this link to learn more about First-Year Student Schedules.


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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