Welcome to Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs
Did you know over 60 percent of UMaine undergraduates live off campus? Whether you live across the street and use the Black Bear Orono Express to come to campus or you drive daily from Ellsworth or further, if you do not live in UMaine housing you are a commuter.
Within this large group of commuter students there are nontraditional student who represent about 15–17 percent of UMaine undergraduate students. Nontraditional students, have generally chosen to pursue a UMaine degree while already managing many other life roles. Nontraditional students are those who have chosen to come to college several years past their graduation from high school, undergraduates who are 24 years or older, are parents themselves and/or have been through other life circumstances that differentiate them from the traditional path.
Commuter and Nontraditional Programs (CNTSP) recognizes that there are some special challenges for those who commute to campus. All commuters must manage their time and funds so that they can be successful in their academics while maintaining all the other issues involved in living off campus. Connecting to campus resources, departments and clubs can be more difficult for commuters. CNTSP provides the support, advocacy and information that can help commuter and nontraditional students excel at UMaine.