UMaine launches Summer Start Program for first-year students 

University of Maine is offering a new fully online Summer Start Program, designed to help first-year students get ahead before the fall semester. 

The UMaine Summer Start Program features a selection of courses starting June 22, July 6 and Aug. 3, each running three to six weeks. Students will choose a three-credit course from a variety of topic areas, plus a one-credit course, designed to support success in college. From the one-credit offerings students may choose a “STEM Concept” course to help prepare for physics, chemistry, biology and calculus, which will reintroduce key concepts in one of these fields, or they may choose a more general “Exploring Innovation” or “Success in College” course.

Upon successful completion of the four-credit program, students will receive a $250 University Bookstore gift card to be used for the purchase of fall 2020 UMaine textbooks and supplies. They also receive a UMaine hoodie.

“The Summer Start Program is an excellent way for first-year students to get a strong start on their UMaine coursework and take advantage of what Summer University has to offer,” says Monique LaRocque, UMaine associate provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning.“The goal of this program is to connect with students early and during an unprecedented time period so as to build a bridge to a successful first-year UMaine experience.”

Following UMaine’s virtual orientation for first-year students, Summer Start will be an opportunity for incoming students to enroll in courses with other members of the incoming class. 

Summer University began in May, with all courses offered remotely and online. Summer enrollments are up by almost 11% over last year, with over 700 high school students taking advantage of UMaine’s premier Early College programs.   

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Start Program website. To request an accommodation, contact

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745