Below is what a typical Fall Orientation at UMF looks like.


Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 27

Welcome Center Check-In — For ALL New Students: New Resident Students, New Transfer Students, New Off-Campus & Commuter Students, New Adult Learners and Their Families
UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
8:00am – 12:00pm
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!

LUNCH — For ALL All New Students: New Resident Students, New Transfer Students, New Off-Campus & Commuter Students, New Adult Learners and Their Families
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

11:30am

Info Sessions — All New Students
Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall
Session topics include: What’s life like at UMF and others
1:30pm

Info Sessions — Parents / Families of All New Students
Locations vary by session topic, see below
Concurrent sessions (choose two)
1:30pm-3:20pm

  • 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
3:30pm

President’s Reception — All New Students and Their Families
Under the tent, Mantor Library Green
4:00pm

Dinner — Just New Students 
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
4:30pm

Residence Hall Socials — Just New Students 
Each Residence Hall
7:00pm


Saturday, August 28 — Taking Care of Business Day

Breakfast
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
7:00am

What Is College All About, with Clarissa Thompson, First Year Class Dean
Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall

9:00am

Info Sessions — Taking Care of Business Day
Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall
Learn about all things UMF. Topics include: Title IX, Safety & Wellness, Beaver Connections
9:45am

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

11:30am

Info Sessions
Locations vary — we will announce this
Topics include: How to Manage Finances, Session for Transfer Students, Managing Nutrition & Time, Beaver Connections, Student Employment
1:30pm

Special Group Sessions — For Out of State Students, LGBTQ+ Students, Commuter Students, Veteran Students, Johnson Scholars, TRiO students, First Generation students
Locations vary — we will announce this
2:30pm

Outdoor Rec Session — Let’s Fly Kites
Prescott Field
Explore new walking / biking trails and other activities
3:30pm

Dinner & Sign Up for Sunday Activities of Your Choice
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
Note: Certain Sunday activities have capacity limitations
4:30pm

Entertainment
Locations vary by activity, see below
8:00pm

  • Paint Night
    North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
  • Karaoke and Open Mic Night
    The Landing, Olsen Student Center

Sunday, August 29 — Fun & Adventure Day

Sunday Orientation Activities Signup Form

White Water Rafting Check-In
North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
(extra fee, 48 person limit)
6:15am

Breakfast
7:00am

Info Session — You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers
This session is via Zoom — location TBA
10:15am

Lunch
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

11:30am

On and Off Campus Activities
Locations vary by activity — we will announce this
Sunday Orientation Activities Signup Form
1:00pm
After lunch … Activities including:

  • Trip to Mt. Blue State Park (20 person limit)
  • Hiking Blueberry Mountain (20 person limit)
  • Mantor Library Escape Room (36 person limit)
  • 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
4:00pm

Dinner & Drawing for Check List Recipient Winners
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

5:00pm

S’mores with President Edward Serna & Family
Narrow Gauge Drive-In Cinema area, Downtown Farmington
7:30pm

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

8:30pm


Monday, August 30

Breakfast
South Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

7:00am

Classes Begin!  Woo-Hoo!
All over campus

8:00am

Remember to connect with your Academic Advisor during the first week of classes!


Other Fall Semester Dates & Activities to Note

Friday, September 3 – Campus Job Fair
Held at various on-campus departments across campus
This is when you seek student employment opportunities
11:00am – 2:00pm

Saturday – Monday, September 4 – 6
Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, September 15
Study Abroad / Student Exchange Fair
Outdoors, near Mantor Library Green or North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
This is when you explore UMF’s study abroad / student exchange opportunities
11:00pm-1:00pm

Friday, September 17
Student Clubs & Organizations Sign-Up Fair
Outdoors, Mantor Library Green
This is when you explore & sign up for student clubs and organizations
11:30pm-1:00pm

Friday – Sunday, October 1 – 3
Family & Friends Weekend
Details will be announced


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!

Kirsten Swan
Director of Student Leadership & Service
tel  207-778-7593
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711
kswan@maine.edu