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Fall Welcome Weekend


For new and transfer students starting in Fall 2013. Fall Welcome Weekend events include: New Student Orientation Meetings, The Maine Hello (Residence Hall Move-In),Community Info Fair, Parents and Family Receptions, President’s Annual Dinner on the Mall and Student Organizations Fair, Class Picture, Traditions Ceremony, Meeting for Out-of-State Students, Library Tours, Community Service Projects, Reality U!: The Sequel, Orono Village Association Tours, and many other on-campus and local events. Invitations and a tentative schedule for Fall Welcome Weekend will be sent to all accepted students in early August 2013.



Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2


You’re headed to the University of Maine! We look forward to seeing you at Fall Welcome Weekend, August 30th through September 2nd. You do not need to pre-register for this event, but please arrive on Friday, August 30, to check in at the Memorial Union either before or after moving into your residence hall (between 8am and 4pm). Please refer to the Maine Hello schedule to help plan your residence hall move-in. If you are living on-campus, please view the Maine Hello Schedule

For more information, disability accommodation requests, and airport/bus pick up service, please call 207.581.1561, toll free at 877.486.2364, or email

Tentative Schedule

Listed below is the tentative schedule of some of the events planned. You will receive a final detailed schedule with event descriptions, times, and locations at the Memorial Union on August 30th.

Friday, August 30th

  • 8am – 4pm
    • Fall Welcome Weekend check-in
    • New Student Orientation meetings
    • General campus walking tours
    • Bookstore annual tent sale
  • 8am – 6pm
    • Bear Necessities annual tent sale
  • 9:30am – 11:30am
    • Welcome and open house for new commuter and nontraditional students
  • 10am – 2pm
    • UMaine Community Fair
  • 1pm – 2pm
    • Parents and family reception
  • 1pm
    • Woman’s field hockey vs. Massachusetts
  • 1pm – 5pm
    • Explore Orono with the Orono Village Association
  • 5pm – 6pm
    • Transfer students social
  • 5pm- 9pm
    • Floor dinner and mandatory residence hall meetings
  • 9pm – Midnight
    • Residence hall activities

Saturday, August 31st

  • 8am – Noon
    • Orono Farmers Market
  • 10am – 5pm
    • Bear Necessities annual tent sale
  • 8:30am – 1pm
    • Mandatory residence hall meetings
  • 9am – 2pm
    • Welcome Weekend day of service
  • 10am – 2pm
    • Fall Welcome Weekend check-in
  • 1pm – 2pm
    • Orientation Rewind
  • 2pm – 4pm
    • Speed Date a Sport
  • 5pm – 6:30pm
    • President’s Annual Dinner on the Mall and Student Organization Fair
  • 6:30pm – 7pm
    • Call of 2017 picture
  • 7pm – 8pm
    • Traditions Ceremony
  • 8:30pm – Midnight
    • UMaine BLUEtopia
  • 9pm – 10pm
    • Reality U! The Sequel
  • 10pm – Midnight
    • Comedian

Sunday, September 1st

  • 9:30am – 10am
    • Mandatory residence hall meetings
  • 10am – 2pm
    • Fall Welcome Weekend check -in
  • 1pm
    • Woman’s field hockey vs. Michigan
  • 1pm – 3pm
    • Army ROTC open house
  • 1pm – 4pm
    • Canoeing and Paddle Boarding on the Stillwater River
  • 1pm – 5pm
    • Shopping trips to Kmart
  • 1pm – 7pm
    • Fitness Showcase
  • 1pm – 8pm
    • Maine Bound climbing wall
  • 2pm – 3pm
    • Reality U! The Sequel
  • 3pm – 4pm
    • Multicultural Student Affairs welcome
  • 3pm – 4pm
    • LGBT student welcome
  • 7pm – 9pm
    • Out-of-state students gathering
  • 9pm – Midnight
    • Black Bear Block Party

Monday, September 2nd

  • 10am – 2pm
    • Fall Welcome Weekend check-in
  • 10am – 11am
    • College success strategies presentation
  • 11am and 1pm
    • Fogler Library tours
  • 11am – 1pm
    • The Greek Grill
  • 1pm – 2pm
    • Meet Your Classmates
  • 2pm – 3pm
    • Student Employment meeting
  • 3pm – 4pm
    • Study Abroad meeting
  • 4pm – 5pm
    • School of Performing Arts welcome
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    • Honors College meeting
  • 8pm – 10pm
    • Mandatory residence hall meeting



Note to Families

Family members are welcome to accompany their students to help them settle into their new homes and participate in some of the events planned on the first day of Fall Welcome Weekend on Friday, August 30th.

Unable to Attend Summer Orientation?

For students who were unable to attend the Summer Orientation sessions, please view the New Student Orientation Checklist. There will also be orientation information presentations on Friday, August 30th.

Included in the New Student Orientation Checklist is list of important items to attend to:

  • Activate your MaineStreet Portal
  • Activate your FirstClass email account
  • Apply for on-campus housing
  • Take the math placement test
  • Submit immunization records

Meet Team Maine

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During each Summer, Fall, and Spring Orientation, new students are greeted by a terrific group of students called Team Maine (Student Ambassadors, Dirigo Tour Guides, and Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives). They will help you get settled and ready to go! Team Maine is here to assist you and your family, to answer your questions, and get you ready for the fall.


For more information related to new students and parents, be sure to visit the link below.

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