Graduate Student Online Orientation

Welcome, New Graduate Students!

You now belong to a community of over 1,500 graduate student leaders, researchers, innovators, and professionals from over 25 programs ranging from sciences to health to education to the fine arts.

Over the course of the pandemic, our graduate student population has flourished and grown, despite all the challenges -- thanks to the flexibility of our faculty & staff and the determination of our students.

As we look to the year ahead in 2021-22, we’re eager to resume in-person events and classes, while continuing to offer online and hybrid options for the many graduate students whose programs were designed with that flexibility in mind.

This orientation website is designed to give you an overview of what -- and who -- you need to know to get started in your graduate studies at USM. Our orientation events this summer will take place mostly online, and you can use this site to find your program’s new student sessions and information.

As you begin your journey in advanced studies and as you continue on in your program, we in Graduate Studies will be here every step of the way to support and advocate for you; so please stay in touch via email, phone, and social media -- and we hope you will come see us in our Portland office this fall if you can.

Wishing you good health and prosperity this year.

The Graduate Studies Team,

Andrew, Sydney, Tega, and Jack

Orientation Overview

The purpose of this oreintation website is to acquaint you with the resources, services, and programming available to you as a new graduate student at the University of Southern Maine (USM). Within the pages of this site, you will find information on: