Summer Orientation for Non -Traditional Students

To : Newly accepted nontraditional students ( Transfers or First Year students)

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Maine. We hope that you have decided to enroll and will be attending UMaine this coming fall.

As a non-traditional student, you will be part of a special group of students who have chosen to pursue a UMaine degree while already managing many other life roles. About 10% of UMaine undergraduates are considered nontraditional students. These students  are those who have chosen to come to/ return to  college several years past their graduation from high school, undergraduates who are 24 years or older, parents themselves and/or veterans. Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP), is here to  assist you in becoming a successful and engaged UMaine student.

By now you may have received an invitation to the UMaine 2019 Summer/June Orientation program for newly admitted students. All new students are invited to attend an orientation program that includes an overnight stay in a residence hall on the UMaine campus. 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.

The University of Maine recognizes that as a non-traditional student, you may have more time constraints and some unique needs. In light of this, we have made some special arrangements for your Summer Orientation program. The most critical aspects of the summer orientation including meeting with your academic college faculty and staff will take place on Day One of your session. Please plan to arrive at about 12:30PM and stay until 5:00PM to attend the full academic advising session.

You are also welcome to stay for dinner and/ or return for any other evening or Day Two programs.

The dates and associated colleges are outlined below. Be sure to select the session designated for your College or Program.


June 24 & 25, 2019

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

June 25 & 26, 2019

  • College of Engineering
  • School of Engineering Technology

June 26 & 27, 2019

  • College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

June 27 & 28, 2019

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

Register  for the Summer Orientation session that you plan to attend

Be sure to attend the meeting for nontraditional students. You’ll get a chance to meet some other new nontraditional students and we’ll review some of the resources and programs available to you.

 Day One, 2 – 2:25 p.m.  Non-Traditional Students

You will also want to plan to attend the New Student-Commuter Welcome Day on August 29, 2019, 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, many of whom are nontraditional students like you.

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

Congratulations again on your acceptance to UMaine!