First Year Commuters (Recent High School Graduates)


Are you a recent high school graduate?    Starting your first year in college ?    Will you be commuting from off campus ( not  living on campus in the residence halls) ?



You are part of a relatively small group of 18-19 first year students  who have chosen to not live on campus in UMaine residence halls.  Most but not all FY Commuters are commuting from their  family home and most ( but not all) commute within 30 miles of the UMaine campus.  But regardless of  where  off campus you live and whether you are living with your parents,  roommates or alone;  you are a FY Commuter.  As a commuter at UMaine you are part of a large group ( 63% of our undergraduates are commuters )  who  commute to the UMaine  classes.  As a commuter student all the services and programs of CNTSP are available to you.  And as a first year student, the First Year Center also provides services,  support and programs designed to assist you in  your first year in college .

1) The First Year Experience  (FYE)  and Commuter and Non Traditional  Student Programs ( CNTSP )  provide support advocacy and services for you as a First Year student and a commuter .

2) New Student Summer Orientation :

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Maine.  You will be part of a small group of new students who will be commuting to the UMaine campus. Commuter and Non Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP) wants to welcome you to UMaine and assist you in having a successful university experience.

By now you may have received an invitation to the UMaine 2018 Summer/June Orientation program for newly admitted students.  The Summer Orientation is designed to assist you as a new student to learn more about the campus resources available to you as well as help you plan your academic program.

Each summer orientation session includes a special meeting for new student- commuters.   These sessions are designed to help you learn about CNTSP and the resources and programs available to you as a commuter. Please plan to attend this meeting on Day One at 2:30 – 2:55 p.m.

Even though you are a commuter student you are invited to stay overnight in the residence hall where you will meet other new students in your academic college. But if you choose not to stay overnight be sure to stay through the Academic Advising meeting and you are encouraged to return for the Day Two activities

Be sure to select the session designated for your College or Program.

Session 1: Mon & Tue, June 25 & 26, 2018

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Maine Business School
  • Pre-Business

Session 2: Tue & Wed, June 26 & 27, 2018

  • College of Engineering
  • School of Engineering Technology

Session 3: Wed & Thur, June 27 & 28, 2018

  • College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Session 4: Thur & Fri, June 28 & 29, 2018

  • Explorations Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Pre-Engineering

Register at for the Summer Orientation session that you plan to attend


You will also want to plan to attend the New Student-Commuter Welcome Day on August 30, 2018, in the Commuter lounge, Memorial Union. This is a special welcome day designed to meet the needs of new students who will be living off campus.

As I mentioned, Commuter and Non Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP) wants to assist you as a new student at UMaine. I encourage you to check out  the rest of the CNTSP web site at to learn about the services and programs we provide and be sure to drop by the Commuter Lounge at the Wade Center on the ground floor of Memorial Union any time.

Congratulations again on your acceptance to UMaine. I look forward to meeting you.

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*Please note if you are actually a commuting nontraditional (parent, married veteran) student you may want to consider the slightly different summer orientation schedule see the CNTSP web site at  for more information


3)  Fall Welcome Day for New Student- Commuters :  A special Day designed for each group of new student commuters, this includes FY commuters ( recent high school graduates) , new transfer students who will commute  and new nontraditional students who commute.  This day is designed to help you beat the crowds that arrive on Maine Hello day,  get those last minute questions answered and meet some new and returning commuters.
August 30 2018
8:30AM – 2:00PM
Commuter Lounge , Ground floor of Memorial Union
Other Fall Welcome Weekend Activities  TBA