Getting Started

What account do I need for my class?

MaineStreet is an account that you will need for your class. You will need to activate your MaineStreet/ account first before you can access any UMaine related systems.

Click here to visit the MaineStreet account activation page

You will need to do the following:

  • Enter your identification number
  • Enter your activation key

(Note that if you have been using, MaineStreet or Brightspace platforms, then your account is ACTIVE)

The University would have given your 7-digit MaineStreet ID number and an activation key to you. If you do not know this information, please contact UMaine UMSIT at or 207.581.2506

UMaine portal and your Gmail account

Your MaineStreet account has an associated Gmail email address ( that the University will use to send you important information (such as billing and student records).

To access all the features of MaineStreet single-sign-on account, you can go to and log in with your MaineStreet account that you activated earlier.

Once you have signed in, you should see a “LaunchPad” section that allows you to access all the features and tools.

If you would like to forward your email account to other emails such as your personal email, please go HERE to get instructions on how to adjust your forwarding feature.

How do I attend and communicate with my class?

Most online course instruction uses an online platform called Brightspace to host class information, syllabus, discussions, tests, quizzes and submission of assignments. You can access Brightspace by going to

Login Information:
It is the same as your MaineStreet and email account. It is usually your firstname.lastname (ex. john.doe). If you have lost or have not received this account information then you should contact us right away.

Here are some detailed tutorials on how to use Brightspace.

Who do I contact if I have technical problems?

UMaine US:IT