Will there be other students like me who have been out of school for a while?
Yes, roughly 40% of UMPI's students are considered to be non-traditional.
How long is the semester?
UMPI offers courses by semester, fall and spring, with each semester lasting 15 weeks. Summer courses are also available. Classes run Monday and Wednesday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. The classes are typically 50 minutes, 3 times a week or 75 minutes, 2 times a week.
What is the normal course load?
A normal course load for a full time student is between 15 and 17 semester hours. To be considered a full time student you must be enrolled in 12 credit hours. 6 credit hours is part-time, 9 is three-quarter time and anything over 17 can only be done with special permission.
What is a syllabus?
A syllabus is a contract between the student and professor. This is handed out the first day of class. The syllabus could list assignments, necessary supplies, required books, grading scale, attendance and other policies and contact information.
Are there any child care provisions?
Circle of Learning is the name of the preschool located on campus here at UMPI. Click here to learn more.
I've heard that books can be very expensive. Is there anything that I can do about that?
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has joined the growing number of universities that no longer sell textbooks in the traditional manner. UMPI, in an effort to reduce the cost of course materials that students are required to purchase, has partnered with MBS Direct to supply textbooks to our students. Students will have multiple choices when ordering--based on availablity, students may choose to purchase a new book, a used book, rent a book or, if available, rent a digital version of the book. Books may also be sold back through the website at any point during the semester!
I have a busy schedule and I'm not sure if regular classes will work for me; are there any options available?
Yes, online classes and night courses help to provide more options. There are usually multiple choices of the same class at different times or days to choose from. This helps to work around other schedules.
After being out of school for so long, I'm sure that I'm going to need some help. What types of support does UMPI provide?
There is a great tutoring staff available for all classes. Professional tutoring and peer tutoring is offered free of charge. The UMPI Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for writers at all levels of course work on all types of writing, from first-year composition essays to senior thesis, from biology book reviews to personal statements for graduate school applications. Writing consultants are trained to assist students at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming topics to revising your completed paper
Are there places on campus that will allow me to do homework if I don't have a laptop?
Yes! The Library houses quiet places to study as well as a computer lab. We also have a student lounge on each side of the campus--The Owl's Nest Whoo's Hut. These have computers available for use and comfortable seating for studying. There are also study lounges located in each of the dorms.
Is there a place on campus that you can get food at night?
Yes, there is late night dining at the Owl's Nest. This is located in the student lounge in the Campus Center. Hours during the semester are 7:30p.m. – 10:30p.m. The menu has everything from veggie wraps to burgers and French fries to Buffalo wings.
Are there things to do off campus that are close by and easy to get to?
Yes! Within walking distance is the Braden Movie Theater, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich shps and a grocery store! The Bike Path runs right through campus and is great for running, walking and biking, roller blading or roller skating! Close by is WalMart, The Aroostook Centre Mall, the Nordic Heritage Center (world class Nordic skiing facility), Big Rock in Mars Hill (alpine skiing), the Aroostook State Park (tremendous snow shoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking trails), and the Caribou Performing Arts Center.