Academics are only a part of the college experience — finding friends, growing as an individual and being part of a community is all part of your journey and we’re here to support you every step along the way. We highly encourage you to participate fully in our Orientation and Transition Programs.

Here at the University of Maine at Farmington, Orientation is more than just a weekend. It’s a process that begins when you’re accepted to UMF and supports you through the transition to college. It’s a time to connect with people, find resources on campus, and have some fun.

All students joining the UMF community have individual needs; therefore, our Orientation will have information specific to those who are transferring to UMF or attending college for the first time. UMF Orientation & Transition Programs include virtual sessions prior to arrival, Orientation Weekend, and extended programming throughout the first few weeks of class.

We encourage you to join us for this spring for Accepted Student Days, later on for Summer Experience, and our Fall 2023 Pre-Arrival Orientation Virtual Events and lastly, for our Fall 2023 Orientation.

Fall 2023 Important Dates

> New Student Move-in Day: Friday, August 25

> Orientation Weekend: Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27

> First Day of Classes: Monday, August 28

If you have any questions regarding Orientation and Transition Programs, feel free to call 207-778-7050 or email me

I look forward to seeing you!

Connor J. Fahey (he/him)
Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs

Specific details on Fall 2023 Orientation coming soon, but if you were wondering, here’s what a typical Fall Orientation at UMF looks like.

Welcome Center Check-In

This is for ALL New Students: New Resident Students, New Transfer Students, New Off-Campus & Commuter Students, New Adult Learners and Their Families

Welcome Center Check-In
UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
Next: If you’re an on-campus resident student, proceed to move-in to your residence hall. We’ll have lots of UMF Student Orientation Leaders to assist you!

Info Sessions — All New Students
Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall
Session topics include: What’s life like at UMF and others

Info Sessions — Parents / Families of All New Students
Locations vary by session topic, see below
Concurrent sessions (choose two)

  • Academic Success & Campus Resources
    Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center
  • Safety & Wellness
    Thomas Auditorium, Ricker / Preble Halls
  • Been There Done That (for Transfer students and their families)
    The Landing, Olsen Student Center

President’s Welcome — All New Students and Their Families
Dearborn Gymnasium

President’s Reception — All New Students and Their Families
Under the tent, Mantor Library Green

Residence Hall Socials — Just New Students
Each Residence Hall

Taking Care of Business Day

What Is College All About session, First Year Class Dean
Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall

Info Sessions — Taking Care of Business Day
Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall
Learn about all things UMF. Topics include: Title IX, Safety & Wellness, Beaver Connections

Sign Up for Sunday Activities
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

Info Sessions
Topics include: How to Manage Finances, Session for Transfer Students, Managing Nutrition & Time, Beaver Connections, Student Employment

Special Group Sessions — For Out of State Students, LGBTQ+ Students, Commuter Students, Veteran Students, Johnson Scholars, TRiO students, First Generation students

Outdoor Rec Session — Let’s Fly Kites
Prescott Field
Explore new walking / biking trails and other activities

Locations vary by activity, see below

Paint Night
North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

Karaoke and Open Mic Night
The Landing, Olsen Student Center

Fun & Adventure Day

White Water Rafting Check-In
North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

Info Session — You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers

On and Off Campus Activities
Activities including:

  • Trip to Mt. Blue State Park
  • Hiking Blueberry Mountain
  • Mantor Library Escape Room
  • Find Chompers
  • Explore Downtown
  • What’s Located Where – Campus Tour
  • Ceramics
  • Crafts
  • Lawn Games including a Corn Hole Tournament
  • More

Student Clubs and Organizations Meeting
Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center
Explore UMF’s many student clubs and organizations

S’mores with the UMF President
Narrow Gauge Drive-In Cinema area, Downtown Farmington

FREE Late Night Movie of Your Choice
Narrow Gauge Cinema, Downtown Farmington

First Day of Classes

Classes begin  8am
Day, time and location of your first class depends on your course schedule

There is no homeroom class kind of thing to attend. Good luck — you’ve got this!

Meet Your Advisor Day

This is a mandatory event for all new students  11:45am
Your Advisor is an important person for you to know and this event will help you to make that connection.

See your academic major below and go to that meeting location at 11:45am:

Art, Performing Arts – Merrill Hall, Room 220

Biology and Earth & Environmental Science – Preble Hall, Thomas Auditorium

Community Health Ed, School Health Physical Ed – Education Center, Room 107

Mathematics, Computer Science, Actuarial Science – Ricker Addition, Room 205

Early Childhood Ed, Early Childhood Special Ed, Elementary Ed – Roberts Learning Center, Lincoln Auditorium

English, Creative Writing – Roberts Learning Center, Room 023 (Star Trek Room)

Pre-Nursing – Ricker Addition, Room 202

Psychology – Ricker Addition, Room 217

Rehabilitation Services – Education Center, Room 106

Secondary Ed, Special Ed, World Language Ed – Student Center, North Dining Hall – Room C

Social Sciences and Business: Anthropology, Business Economics, Business Psychology, Geography & Environmental Planning, History, Political Science, Outdoor Rec Business Admin, International Studies – Roberts Learning Center, Room 101

Undeclared – Student Center, North Dining Hall, Room B

Questions about Meet Your Advisor Day?

Contact Tasia Lima

Job Fair for On-Campus Jobs

Outdoors, Mantor Library Green  11am – 1pm
In case of rain, inside Olsen Student Center  11am – 1pm
Explore what’s available for on-campus employment. Meet the people hiring.

Sponsored by UMF Career Services

Contact Us

If you have any Orientation questions, please contact us.
Remember, if you’re new to UMF, Orientation is for you.

We can’t wait to see you here!

Connor Fahey
Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs
tel  207-778-7050
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711