New Student Orientation and Fall Welcome Information

Fall 2022

New Student Orientation is held the weekend before classes start and offers events and activities for all new and transfer students.

Brief Schedule

Friday, August 26, 2022

  • 8am-Noon: Orientation and Residence Hall Check-In. Orientation Check-In is at the Reynold Center, then go to Dorward Hall if you are living on campus.
  • Noon-1:00pm: New/Transfer Students and Family Lunch in Kilburn Commons
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm: Official Welcome (for students and families) in the PAC
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Families Meet with Key Staff in the PAC
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Students meet with Orientation Group at Various Places on Campus
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm Families Farewell
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm Campus/Classrooms Tours Meet at Dorward Entrance
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm Dinner at Kilburn Commons
  • 7:00pm: Residence Hall Floor Meetings & Residence Hall Activity in Dorward Hall

Saturday, August 27, 2022

  • 8:00am: Breakfast in Kilburn Commons
  • 9:00am-Noon: Orientation Groups rotate to various sessions in Various Locations
  • Noon-1:00pm: Lunch in Kilburn Commons
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm: Class Photo, location TBA
  • 1:30pm-4pm: Orientation Groups rotate to various sessions in Various Locations
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm: Dinner at Kilburn Commons
    7:00pm: Evening Activity, location TBA

Sunday, August 28, 2022

  • Breakfast or Brunch (depending on activities you are doing that day)
  • Various Trips Off Campus which may include trip to Walmart, shuttle to in-town stores, trip to Jasper Beach, trip to Roque Bluffs, etc. More information about trips will be provided when you arrive for Orientation.
  • On campus activities will also be taking place on Sunday for those who do not wish to leave campus.
  • Classroom/Campus Tours
  • 7:00pm: Activity/Event

Helpful Tips for Orientation

Arrive Early: Make sure to arrive slightly early for check in and orientation sessions so you do not miss important information covered or get behind in the program.

Ask Questions: Ask any and all questions that you may have. If you need more time with a presenter, feel free to approach the speaker after the session has concluded.

Dress Comfortably: It is recommended that you wear casual clothes for move in and moving around campus throughout the day. Wear comfortable shoes or sandals so the walking does not wear out your feet.

Eat Regular Meals: Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner to stay energized for unpacking, meeting new people and attending programs.

Have Fun: Whether you are a new student or the family member or guest of a new student, enjoy the start of this adventure at the University of Maine at Machias!

Inclement Weather: If inclement weather is expected, please check the UMaine Machias homepage for campus closure notification.

Introduce Yourself: Introduce yourself to everyone you meet, sit next to in a program, or visit with while sitting outside between sessions.

Run Errands: Please know that we have built time into the schedule for local shopping, getting situated, and taking care of other side items.

Stay Hydrated: Think about bringing a water bottle that you can refill between sessions or while walking around campus to stay hydrated.

If you have any questions about Orientation or need special accommodations, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Life Office at (207) 255-1320.