Full-time undergraduate students can be registered for sufficient credits each semester to complete their academic programs in four years (eight regular semesters). For most programs, this means students must average 15 credits per semester to earn the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation. Some programs require more than 120 credits.
The University treats undergraduate students registered for 12 or more credits as full-time students for purposes of calculating student financial aid, determining eligibility for campus housing, athletic eligibility, veteran’s benefits, student fees, and for all other activities which vary according to enrollment status. Failure to register for at least 12 credits per semester will jeopardize eligibility in the above mentioned areas. Classes that are taken with an Audit status (no grade or credit hours earned) are not counted when determining enrollment status.
The University grants exceptions to the full-time status under the following conditions (these exceptions do not apply to financial aid):
- Students who formally register in courses in select Cooperative Education, Field Experience, or Internships as part of their UMaine programs.
- Graduating seniors who need less than 12 credits to complete requirements and have applied to graduate.
The University may grant an exception to the full-time status under the following condition (this exception does not apply to financial aid):
- Students with documented disabilities who register for fewer than 12 credits but more than 6 credits per semester.
Students wishing to take courses at the University of Maine but who are not working towards a University of Maine degree are non-degree students. These students typically register for classes through the University’s Division of Lifelong Learning (DLL, located in Chadbourne Hall). Except for courses offered through Continuing Education/Summer Session, the University allows non-degree registration in regular courses on a space-available basis.
Some non-degree students register and are advised through the appropriate academic colleges rather than through DLL. These include:
- Students holding a degree but who are pursuing a certificate (e.g., a teaching or professional certificate)
- Students who are degree students elsewhere but are attending the University of Maine under a formal student-exchange program (e.g., National Student Exchange, Canadian-American Exchange, New England Land-Grant University Student Exchange)
Non-degree students registered for 9 or more (Orono campus) credits per semester are eligible for campus housing on a space-available basis. The University of Maine does not normally award student aid to non-degree students.
Students who plan to be away from the University for any period of time should choose the most appropriate method from the options below.
Students who wish to take a course, semester or an academic year at another institution may request approval for domestic study away. This approval will keep the student as a fully enrolled University of Maine student while away. This is important for student aid purposes and for maintaining enrollment in one’s degree program at UMaine. Students must be in good academic standing and have no financial indebtedness to any of the UMaine System Institutions. To ensure that the maximum number of credits transfer it is important that students plan course selection carefully with their academic advisor. Students must obtain prior approval for domestic study away from the associate dean of their college.
Leave of Absence
Students who wish to take a semester or two off from taking classes may request a leave of absence. Students taking a leave of absence retain the right to return to their college and keep the same catalog requirements without needing to reapply to the University. Students must be in good academic standing and have no financial indebtedness to the University. Students must obtain approval for a leave of absence the semester prior to the desired leave from the associate dean of their college.
Students who wish to leave the University for more than two semesters should request a withdrawal. Withdrawing officially is preferable to simply ceasing to attend because it may prevent the assignment of failing grades that then are forever part of one’s transcript. Withdrawing also allows for exploration of options to aid when returning at a later date. Students who withdraw from the University will need to apply for readmission when they choose to return. Students who are absent for two or more years will need to meet the catalog requirement in effect at the time of readmission. Refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates and information pertaining to withdrawn classes. Students need to contact the associate dean of their college to withdraw from the University.
Registration for Classes
Maine law prohibits students born after 1956 from registering for classes until they have filed proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria with the Office of Student Records. New students will receive information about how to comply with this law upon admission to the University.
Maximum Number of Credits
Students select and register for classes in consultation with an academic advisor. Students wishing to register for more than 18 hours in a semester must obtain permission from the associate dean of their college.
Course Numbering System
Courses are numbered to indicate their level. Those numbered 000-099 are considered remedial and do not count towards a University degree. Courses numbered 100-299 are often introductory in nature and intended to be taken during the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program. The numbers 300-399 usually indicate advanced courses with prerequisites designed for the junior and senior years of the undergraduate program. Courses numbered 400-499 are advanced baccalaureate courses. Courses numbered 500-599 are designed for students working for graduate degrees, but undergraduates may take them with the permission of their academic advisor and of the professor teaching the course. Courses numbered 600-699 are highly advanced courses for graduate students exclusively.
Schedule of Classes
Not every course is offered every semester. The Schedule of Classes lists the courses scheduled to be taught in a given semester, showing the days, times, and building locations where they meet. Students should use the Catalog and the Schedule of Classes to prepare a tentative class schedule before meeting with their academic advisors.
The University of Maine gives priority in registration to those students who are closest to graduation. The details of the registration procedure may vary depending upon which of the University’s colleges, schools or departments offer the student’s major program. In general, after meeting with an academic advisor, students are enabled to perform the actual registration using a personal computer.
Schedule Changes (Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal)
Full-Semester Length Classes: The University of Maine allows students to make schedule adjustments for full-semester classes including adding courses, swapping sections within a course, and changing the grading option through the first five class days of the semester. Full-semester classes may be dropped through the first five weeks of the semester; however, there is no tuition refund after the tenth day of classes. Course withdrawals are noted on the transcript with a “W” grade from the sixth week through the eleventh week. Withdrawals after the eleventh week are graded with the “F” grade.
Less than Full-Semester Length Classes: Drop deadlines for classes meeting less than the full-semester are available in the student information system.
Continuing Education Registration
The Continuing Education Division (CED) schedules courses in the evenings and on weekends for the convenience of students who can attend the University only on a part-time and evening basis. The content of these courses is the same as that of the same courses offered during the regular daytime hours. Degree students may register for a CED-sponsored course during the first week of the semester if space is available. Special policies for CED-sponsored courses governing cancellation, adding and dropping, and obtaining refunds are published in the CED fall and spring course schedules and the Summer Session catalog. A complete listing of courses offered through CED is available from the CED Office, Division of Lifelong Learning, 5713 Chadbourne Hall.
The University of Maine defines a Student Credit Hour in an undergraduate program as an expectation, on average, of approximately 45 clock hours of student academic engagement per credit hour per course. Student Academic Engagement in a course can take many forms including, but not limited to: class time, testing, reading, writing, studying, discussion group time, laboratory work, internships, practica, practicing, performing or otherwise working on course content.