Welcome to the Spring Semester!

Welcome to the Spring Semester!

We hope you enjoyed your winter break and are now ready to begin the spring semester. Here are a few updates to help you get started.

Classes Begin 1/22 with or without Books

Be sure to go to your classes even if you have not yet received your textbooks. Let your instructors know that you are waiting for your textbooks and ask what you can do to keep from falling behind while you wait for your books. If you still need to order textbooks go to: umabookstore.com or call 621-3467.

Check Your Student Email

You should check your student email at least twice a week to make sure you aren’t missing important information from your instructors and advisor. Many instructors have already emailed their students instructions for the semester. If you want to forward your student email to another email account go to: mail.maine.edu

Like us on Facebook for Storm Closing Information

The quickest way to know if we are closed due to storms, etc. is to like us on Facebook at Brunswick | East Millinocket | Ellsworth | Houlton | South Paris | Rockland | Rumford | Saco | UC-Central or sign-up for text alerts via uma.edu

Check Your Message Center and To Do List in MaineStreet

Be sure to regularly check your Message Center in MaineStreet for important information that is not sent to your student email. This includes financial aid information. You should also look at your “To Do List” in MainStreet to see if you need to complete something that may delay financial aid, graduation, etc. Clicking on the To Do List item will give you information on what you need to do.

Courses Not Showing in Blackboard?

If you are taking an online course or an ITV course through delayed viewing and your class is not showing up in Blackboard by the end of the day on the first day the class is scheduled to meet, you should call the Help Desk to check on the status of that class. The phone number is 1-800-696-4357.

Online Courses – Test Registration

If you are taking an online class that requires a proctored exam, you must go to the Testing Location Registration form and register your Center or Site location as your testing site.

Financial Aid Not Showing?

If you have any questions or issues with your financial aid, call 621-3455 or email umafa@maine.edu

Don’t Wait to Ask for Help

If you find yourself struggling in a class, reach out to your professor or advisor early for help. If you wait too long to ask for help then it may be too late to successfully pass the course! There are free tutoring and writing services to help you along the way.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Contact a Student Service Coordinate (SSC) at a location near you or schedule an appointment online to meet in person or over the phone. SSC’s are trained to know all of your degree requirements from beginning to end, and can assist in planning your courses in an appropriate sequence. You can direct most university-related questions to your SSC advisor; if they do not have the answer, they will point you to the available resource that does.

What topics might you discuss with an advisor?

  • Admission information, degree offerings, transfer questions
  • Financial aid & scholarship information
  • Disability services information & referral
  • Aspirations/Early study for high school students
  • Prior learning assessment: CLEP or DANTES testing and advanced placement credit or Portfolio Development
  • Placement testing
  • Tutoring, study skills, note taking, test anxiety
  • Career decision-making & resources
  • Personal support & referral
  • Aspirations/early study for high school students
  • Course selection