The goal of Commuter Life is to help commuter students become an active and engaged member of the UMM community. We know the college experience isn’t confined to the classrooms or labs, nor are these the sole locations where learning takes place, so we encourage commuters to take part in campus events activities, to join a student club and organization (or maybe even two), to attend athletic events or participate in our Intramural Sports program. Commuters are an important part of the UMM community and we strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the many, many resources and opportunities UMM offers its students.

How do we define commuter students?

UMM defines a commuter student as any student living off campus who commutes to campus for classes and includes traditional, non-traditional, part-time or full-time students.

Below are some FAQs from commuter students:

If day classes are to be delayed or cancelled, the President will make that final determination by 5:15 a.m. That information will be available by the following ways: 1. A recorded message will be available at UMM’s campus closing extensions at 255-1395. 2. A notice will be posted on UMM’s web site. 3. Broadcast television stations WLBZ 2, WABI 5 and WVII 7, and numerous regional radio stations will be contacted. 4. An email will be sent to the campus community. 5. A notice will be sent out via e2campus – UMM’s emergency text message notification system. To sign up for e2campus, go to www.machias.edu/e2campus.

A decision to cancel evening classes will typically be made by 1:00 p.m. This information is made available by the same ways listed above.

What happens if classes are delayed, but not cancelled? This decision is made available via the same ways as listed above and will state the time at which classes begin, and our normal schedule will be followed for the rest of that day. For example, if the University doesn’t open until 10:00 a.m. on a Monday, neither 8:00 a.m. nor 9:00 a.m. classes will meet on that day. Please note that the Murdock Fitness and Aquatics Center will be closed or have a delayed opening when UMM does.  For example, if UMM opens at 10:00 a.m., the Murdock Fitness and Aquatics Center will open at 10:00 a.m.

Yes, commuter students are eligible for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office, 1st floor of Powers Hall, by calling 255.1203 or by emailing ummfinancialaid@maine.edu for more information.

Kilburn Commons is our dining hall and is open Monday – Fridays during the academic year for, breakfast, lunch and dinner and Saturday & Sundays for Brunch and Dinner. Kilburn closes down during extended University vacations. There are a number of meal plans available to commuter students to purchase. Plans range from a block of 10 meals to 75 meals. Block meal plans are good for the entire academic year. More information about commuter meal plans are available in Kilburn Commons.

The C-Store, located in Kilburn Commons offers grab-and-go beverages, snacks, frozen items as well as some prepared sandwiches and salads.

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Exceptions to this schedule occur during academic breaks and inclement weather.

The 24-hour room is at the entrance of Merrill Library and is accessible to students 24/7. Within the room there are six computers, a printer and tables for students to work at. Access to the 24-hour room is gained via your Clipper Card, but first must be activated at the Student Affairs Office, located on the 2nd floor of Powers Hall.

Students are able to use the Fitness Center and the pool free of charge.  Family members can purchase day passes or memberships to these facilities. For more information stop by the Reynolds Center or call 255.1403.

The Commuter Lounge located on the 1st floor of Torrey Hall; the Library has comfortable chairs, computer stations, and tables; and the lobby of the Reynolds Center also has some comfortable furniture. The Student Center located in Clipper Lounge in Sennett Hall offers comfortable furniture, TV, billiards and table tennis.

Yes, commuter students can participate in any and all extracurricular activities on campus. Stop by the Office of Student Engagement & Inclusion upstairs in Powers Hall for more information and the various clubs & organizations at UMM.

Yes! Commuter students can access both these resources. The Student Health Center and the Mental Health Counselor are both located on the first floor of Sennett Hall in the C-Wing. More information about each of these services can be found at: machias.edu/campus-life/student-services.

Yes! The Special Services Office focuses on coordinating services for our students with permanent or temporary documented disabilities. We extend reasonable accommodations and provide services designed to meet the individual need of each student. “Student Success” is our motto, and our individualized, supportive approach encourages students to advocate for themselves while developing the skills and empowerment to reach their academic and professional goals. Visit the Special Services Office on the second floor of Powers Hall.

The Clipper Card is your official University of Maine at Machias identification card and it also provides an array of services such as: gives you access to the 24 Hour Room, “holds” your Clipper Bucks, allows you to check books out of Merrill Library and can be used in Kilburn Commons if you have a meal plan or if you are purchasing items with Clipper Bucks and is needed if you’re printing on campus.

Clipper Bucks are prepaid funds which are linked to your Clipper Card – just like a debit card. Clipper Bucks are used to pay for printing on campus or can be used to purchase coffee, snacks and other items from Kilburn Commons.

If you want to add Clipper Bucks to your Clipper Card with cash or check, stop by Student Services on the second floor of Powers Hall and we can assist you. If you want to add Clipper Bucks using a credit/debit card, you can do this online by clicking here.

Stop by Student Services on the second floor of Powers Hall and we can issue you a new card. There is a $20.00 replacement fee.

Contact the Dean of Students at 207-255-1248 if you would like to join the commuter student ride board email list or if you would like to be added to the commuter email list.