We are still offering our services during COVID-19!

If you need any assistance or have any questions about Commuter and Non-Traditional Programs, please e-mail Katie Harder at catharine.harder@maine.edu!

The Office of Student Life has a comprehensive list of resources that may be helpful to you during COVID-19. Please go here to see this information!

Please know the Black Bear Exchange is fully operational. If you need food assistance during this time, please follow this link

There are virtual programs happening through our Center for Student Involvement! Go here to see the different activities you can participate in! 

We have also found some resources that may be useful to you during this time! See below!

Helpful Resources During COVID-19

Fun Inside Activities to do with Kids

Quarantined inside with kids? We’ve found some helpful links and pages that may give you some new ideas! 

Podcasts Series from Student Accessibility Services

Do you enjoy podcasts? Check out SAS’s most recent releases here.

Student Accessibility Services image describing their collection of podcasts as: a collection of resources and tools to help navigate your college experience.

You can also access the podcast transcripts here.

Strategies for Working from Home

Have you gone from being in the office/in a physical classroom and doing everything from home? We’ve found some resources that may help you adjust! 

The Writing Center: Online Tutoring

Need some assistance with an assignment, paper, or project your working on writing? The Writing Center is open and booking Online Tutoring sessions. 

More information here!

person typing on a laptop - to depict writing



Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP) provides a comprehensive set of programs and services for our commuting students that enhances their educational experience and supports their retention and success at the University of Maine. Our programs and services assist commuter and nontraditional students to connect with the UMaine community and successfully pursue their academic goals. The CNTSP office is committed to fostering a university climate that includes and integrates commuter and nontraditional students. This office collaborates with other university departments and local towns to raise awareness of the specific needs and concerns of these student populations. CNTSP is a unit within the Division of Student Life and is based in the Commuter Lounge located in the Wade Center, ground floor of Memorial Union.

Who is a commuter student ?

You are a commuter student whether you live across the street and walk to campus, use the Black Bear Orono Express, or drive daily from Ellsworth or further.  If you do not live in UMaine housing you are a commuter. Over 60 percent of UMaine undergraduates live off campus.  Within this large group of commuter students there are nontraditional students who represent about 4-5% of UMaine undergraduates.

Who is a nontraditional student?

 Nontraditional students, have generally chosen to pursue a UMaine bachelors degree while already managing many other life roles. Nontraditional students are those who have chosen to come to college several years past their graduation from high school, undergraduates who are 24 years or older, are married, are parents themselves and/or have been through other life circumstances that differentiate them from the traditional path.