High school students who enroll in early college courses are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and earn a college degree. As a result, students are more prepared and successful in their chosen career. 

For example:

  • Dual enrollment and Aspiration courses are tuition free for students (up to 12 credits per academic year). Students are responsible for fees and books in some EC programs.
  • Students can save up to $14,000 in tuition, fees, and other expenses (estimate is based on transferring up to 30 credits to UMaine).
  • Students can show college admissions officers that they are ready for more difficult coursework.
  • Students build a college transcript while still in high school. The college credits earned are transferable. While we hope students will attend one of Maine’s Public Universities or Community Colleges, these credits may be transferred to other colleges. Students will need to check with their institution about transferring credits when they enroll.
  • Early College programs can provide rigorous courses to enhance the high school curriculum.
  • Universities may offer a variety of courses not available at the high school. Some programs offer pathways to a career which can help students navigate through college to future employment.
  • Early College courses can allow students to explore interests before choosing a major.
  • Students who participate in Early College have better study skills, more academic confidence, and less anxiety about the transition to college.
  • Early College students who graduate from high school and enroll in a Maine Public University are more likely to enroll in college for a second year. For example, 91% of Academ-e students, 86% of Aspirations students, and 81% of Dual Enrollment students persist to their second year of college, versus 74% of students with no Early College courses.
  • Students who participate in Early College are less likely to need remedial courses in college. Remedial, or developmental courses, are courses for students who graduate from high school but are not yet ready for college. Students pay tuition, but do not receive college credit for these courses.
  • Students who enter college with Early College credits are more likely to earn a degree on time than students with no Early College credits.

Printable PDF of Benefits of Early College (Opens in a new window.)

Sources for the above data can be found here.

To register for Early College courses at the University of Maine at Machias you will need to create an account on the ExplorEC Portal at explorec.maine.edu. Once you have created an account you can search for and apply for classes through the online portal. Please note that you will need to include an email address for a parent or guardian, and an email address for your high school counselor. For additional instructions, visit our Apply Today webpage.

YES!!! Your instructors and all university staff will use your UMM email if they need to contact you. You are responsible for checking this email account. You also need to set up your account in order to access Blackboard and MaineStreet.

Yes, but only if you are taking a live class on the UMM campus. You can get your card by visiting the Student Success office on the 2nd floor of Powers Hall. Bring a photo ID. Once there you will fill out the UMM Clipper Card Application Form and Contract and get your Clipper Card. If you intend to use the UMM library resources, then you must go to the library to activate your card. You can also put money on your card to cover the cost of photocopying.

Buying Textbooks for UMM Classes

  • Go to umm.ecampus.com
  • Click Order Your Books
  • Click Continue under Credit Card or Paypal
  • Choose the Term
  • Select Course or Courses (Make sure to select the correct section.  For example, if you are enrolled in ENG 101-0003, then make sure to purchase the books for that section of the course.  We may also be offering ENG 101-0002 and ENG 101-0001, and the instructors may be using different books.)

Printable PDF instructions for “How to Order Your Textbooks Through Your Virtual Bookstore” (Opens in a new window.)

The room where your class will be meeting appears on your term schedule. You can find this in your MaineStreet Student Center. Once you log into your Student Center you will see your schedule for the current term in the center of the page. The class, scheduled time, and room will be listed here.

If you have ANY questions about your bill please contact Christy Alley at 207-255-1268 or christy.alley@maine.edu. Please don’t panic if you bill is much higher than you thought. We have a few errors each semester due to simple coding issues.

YES!! Attendance is mandatory for Early College students, even if it is not required for other UMM students. Your instructor will be keeping track.

  1. If you think you are getting behind, talk to your instructor. Tell him or her what you don’t understand, and they will be able to help.
  2. Contact Christy Alley, who can help introduce you to the UMM Study Center in Torrey 225. At the Study Center you can get help with your writing (from brainstorming to editing), participate in study groups, and receive free help with your classes in individual and group sessions.

UMM Study Center Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Typically, the quickest way to reach an instructor is by email. All instructors are required to put their email address, office phone number, office location, and office hours on the course syllabus. If you do not have your syllabus with you, then you can also use the UMM personnel directory to get their contact information.

Read all about admissions, financial aid, academic standards & policies, degree programs, and course descriptions in our course catalog.

The University of Maine at Machias is committed to all students receiving the appropriate support and resources they need to meet their potential. Qualified people with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that help create fairness in a person’s academic and student life. Classroom accommodation is meant to enable students with a disability to access course information and to be tested in an appropriate manner.

If a student in the UMM Early College Program is currently receiving special education supports or has been professionally diagnosed with a learning disability or physical or mental impairment, please bring this to the attention of the UMM Early College Coordinator, Christy Alley, at (207) 255-1268 or christy.alley@maine.edu. She will refer you to the Special Services Coordinator, Jo-Ellen Scribner. You may also contact Jo-Ellen directly either by phone at (207) 255-1470 or by email at jscribner@maine.edu. Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively, so please contact the Special Services Coordinator prior to or at the very beginning of the course. In college courses, students always control when and if they choose to use accommodations for which they are eligible.

UMM’s Early College Coordinator will forward your grades to your high school guidance counselor. However, you can also view your grades in your MaineStreet Student Center. Once you are in your Student Center, click on Grades under Academic History on the left side of the screen. Select the correct term, and then your grades will be displayed.

  1. Check your @maine.edu email. There are times that an individual instructor will cancel a class even if UMM does not officially close. Instructors will typically notify you of this by email.
  2. During inclement weather any general cancellation of UMM classes will be broadcast over area radio and television stations.
  3. You can also call UMM Information at (207) 255-1395 after 6:30 a.m. to see if your UMM courses have been canceled.
  4. Check the UMM website.
  5. Sign up for e2Campus alerts on the UMM Portal.

Not necessarily, but you will not be expected to attend.

You should notify the instructor of your course, your guidance counselor, and Christy Alley as soon as you know you will have to miss a class. You will be responsible for all make-up work.

As an Early College student you are eligible to purchase a Center for Lifelong Learning membership at the student rate, which is currently approximately $65.00 per semester. This membership gives you access to all CLL facilities and many fitness classes.


For additional questions about Early College at the University of Maine at Machias please contact:

Christy Alley
Early College Coordinator
Phone: 207-255-1268

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