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Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs

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Did you know  over 60% 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 Elsworth or further , if you do not live in  UMaine housing  you are a commuter.

Within this large group of commuter students  there are  non-traditional  student who  represent about 15-17% of UMaine undergraduate students .Non-traditional students,   have  generally chosen to pursue a UMaine degree while already managing many other life roles. Non-traditional 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 Non Traditional 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

academic  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 non- traditional students excel at UMaine.

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Contact Information

Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs
Commuter Lounge/Wade Center, Ground Floor Memorial Union
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1734 | Fax: 207 581 1737E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System