Congratulations on your acceptance to
The University of Maryland!
Please note summer 2014 information and details will be available
The orientation staff will help ease your transition while they provide you with the information and resources you need to succeed. Please note that freshmen programs are two-day, overnight stay programs. Please call our office if you have questions or concerns. Being admitted to a university can be a whirlwind of emotions, and there’s a lot you have to do to be ready for the semester. The Orientation Office offers you a few steps to a successful transition. Everything you need to begin college can be found here on our website.
Please click on the individual steps below to review and complete important and necessary registration requirements.
International students, please click here first for important details regarding necessary steps to enroll as an international student, including visa and immigration procedures. For questions, please contact International Student & Scholar Services.
- Orientation Overnight Luggage Check-In is from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM at Oakland Hall. If you cannot arrive in that block of time, please keep your luggage in your car and check-in your luggage at 4:30 PM once Day 1 of the program is complete. Please keep the Orientation Overnight Luggage Check-In time in mind when making travel arrangements.
- Orientation Program Check-In is from 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM in Cole Student Activities Building (NOTE: College Park Scholars Check-In is at Oakland Hall. Please remain at Oakland Hall.). There will be bus service from Oakland Hall to Cole Student Activities Building from 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM. Please keep the Orientation Program Check-In time in mind when making travel arrangements.
- Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 AM following Orientation Program Check-In at Cole Student Activities Building. Please follow our staff once you have arrived at Cole Student Activities Building. Please keep the program start time in mind when making travel arrangements.
- Orientation will end at 2:30 PM on Day 2 at Oakland Hall. All freshman students are expected to attend the entire orientation program. Please keep the ending time in mind when making travel arrangements.
- Freshman programs are primarily two-day orientations starting on the Monday and Thursday of each week throughout June and July. For students attending a one-day program in late August, no overnight accomodations are provided. Please proceed directly to Cole Student Activities Building for Orientation Program Check-In from 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM.
- View our summer calendar and sample program schedules.
Driving & Parking Permit Instructions for Orientation: Please print prior to arrival.
1. Students will stay overnight in Oakland Hall. Students will check-in their luggage at Oakland Hall between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM the day of their orientation program. Once you have checked in your luggage, please locate an orientation staff member to direct you to the Orientation Check-In location at Cole Student Activities Building (except for College Park Scholars who will check-in at Oakland Hall). All residence halls are air-conditioned. If you have a special housing concern, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to accomodate you as best as possible.
2. Students and parents will be together for some of the program, though most of the program is spent apart. Students should have any additional materials they may need for advising such as updated transcripts or AP/IB test scores.
3. Freshmen students are strongly encouraged to pack the following items when they prepare for orientation - they will make your orientation more comfortable and enjoyable. Please limit luggage to one small bag in addition to your bedding.
-Bedding or a sleeping bag (students will stay on beds in Oakland Hall, but no sheets are provided by the Orientation Office).
-Comfortable, casual clothing, a bathing suit (if swimming at night) and walking shoes
-Overnight personal items (toiletries) and a towel
-Completed Immunization Form (more information is provided in Step 5)
-Health Insurance Card (mandatory)
-Reusable water bottle (to stay hydrated and be green!)
-Notebook and pen
-A back-up copy of your grades and transcripts
-Documents that you need for meeting with campus staff (these may be unofficial transcripts, AP scores, etc. These are not mandatory documents required by the university, rather supplemental documents that may assist in the advising and registration process.)
-A government or school issued photo ID (passport, high school ID, driver's license, etc.)
-Personal spending money
If you choose to confirm your enrollment with The University of Maryland, please refer to your admissions decision letter on the application portal for next steps. Please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions page for required next steps to complete your enrollment. Please allow up to 48 business hours for your confirmation to be processed and posted to your record before you can register for orientation.
Admission to UM does not necessarily mean admission to certain majors or colleges. For example, there are Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) which have different and specific requirements to be met before admission. Please refer to your admissions decision letter to review which major/college your were admitted to before selecting the appropriate orientation date. For more information about LEP, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Because the security of your personal information is important to us, you should set up your Directory ID as soon as you're admitted to the University of Maryland. All students are required to have a Directory ID, which allows you to securely register for classes and serves as your university e-mail address. A Directory ID also allows you to access special web pages, including University Libraries' databases.
Create your Directory ID and Set Up your University E-mail account.
Once created, please forward this account to your most used account.
TERPmail is our new university Gmail e-mail system. Once you’ve set up your Directory ID and password, you can sign-up for TERPmail. After your TERPmail account is activated, be sure to go to Testudo and update your preferred e-mail address. Check this account regularly because UMD faculty, departments and other students will be contacting you at this e-mail address as early as this summer. Please visit the online FAQ if you need help setting up your account.
Being admitted to a university can be a whirlwind of emotions, and there’s a lot you have to do to be ready for the fall. The Orientation Office offers you a few steps to a successful transition. Everything you need to begin college can be found here on our website. Please read all of the following information before registering online via the link found at the bottom of this section.
International Students Only
International students, please click here first for important details regarding necessary steps to enroll as an international student, incuding visa and immigration procedures. For questions, please contact International Student & Scholar Services.
Before You Register
When registering, you should know any conflicts you have that will prohibit you from fully attending a two-day program. When you register online or call our office, you will be shown/informed of all available orientation dates. These dates are based on space availability for college advising. Programs fill quickly, so be sure to register online or call as soon as possible for the greatest availability.
When You Register
The Orientation Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Our phone number is 301-314-8217 or you can register online below. When you contact us, a program registration staff member will assist you with the entire registration process.
Don’t forget to register your parents and family members for the Parent and Family Orientation and a Terp Trip if they are attending orientation with you.
How Much Does Freshman Orientation Cost And Why Is There A Fee?
The program fee is $160.00 for your orientation program. This fee covers all costs associated with the program including breakfast, lunch, staffing, materials and logistics. The charge is a per-person fee for all participants. Orientation programs at the University of Maryland include a program fee because the Orientation Office receives no funding from the university or the state.The fees associated with our program are charged directly to your student account. Please do not send payment to the Orientation Office.
Changing Your Orientation Date
If you are unable to attend your scheduled orientation date due to a conflict with another event, you must contact the Orientation Office to reschedule. It is possible to change your orientation date using our online system up to seven days before your scheduled program date. If you wish to cancel your program altogether, you must call the Orientation Office at 301-314-8217. Our staff will provide you with the remaining program dates. If you change your registration within seven days of your orientation, you will be charged a $20.00 administrative fee.
Changing Your Intended Major
Incoming students who wish to change their intended major should do so by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com or 301-314-8385. Once the major change is made, you must contact the Orientation Office so we can determine whether your orientation date will be affected. Not all colleges advise students on each orientation date, and failing to check with our office may result in you having to reschedule your orientation on the day you arrive for your program. Please note that the major change process will take several days to be processed. You should refrain from contacting our office until your new major is updated.
Parent and Family Program
Orientation isn't just for students. We welcome all parents and family members to attend orientation along with their son/daughter and experience the University of Maryland and College Park with faculty and staff. Parents and family members can be registered for a Parent and Family Program when their son/daughter registers or by contacting our office at 301-314-8217. More information on the program can be found under the Parent and Family Program tab on the left menu.
If you or any member of your family has a physical disability and will need accommodations during orientation, please let our staff know this when registering so we can make the necessary arrangements. Please call 301-314-8217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week before your program. Additional information for students with disabilities is available from the office of Disability Support Services at 301-314-7682.
Food Concerns and Dietary Restrictions
Kosher meals are provided by the Maryland Hillel. You may reserve a kosher meal directly from Maryland Hillel online.
Vegetarian and some vegan options are available in the dining halls and food court. Non-severe gluten allergies can be accomodated in the dining halls and food court.
*Please note that some severe allergies and certain food concerns cannot be accommodated and alternate preparations should be made by the attending family. Please call our office if you have questions or concerns.
Register for an orientation date (registration will open in February 2014)
Don't forget to register your parent(s) and family members for our Parent and Family Program when you register. More information on the program can be found under the Parent and Family Program tab on the left menu.
There are two placement tests at The University of Maryland.
Please read through all directions below for both tests to see if you must complete either or both of the tests before your orientation.
MATH PLACEMENT EXAM
The Math Placement Exam is not a test used to decide if you should be admitted to the university. It is an exam that determines what level math course(s) you should take, based on your knowledge of the subject. Administrators in the Math Department use this information combined with SAT/ACT scores and previous course grades to evaluate your math skills.
The Math Placement Exam must be taken online prior to attending orientation:
-The Math Placement Exam is available starting February 27th, 2013.
-Please wait 24 to 48 business hours after you have created your Directory ID to take the exam online.
Do I have to take the Math Placement Exam?
All incoming freshmen students must take the Math Placement Exam, especially those in Behavorial and Social Sciences (BSOS) and Engineering (ENGR).
How do I take the Math Placement Exam?
Take the Math Placement Exam by clicking the link below. After reading through the tutorial, click on the link at the bottom of the page reading “Continue to the Math Placement Exam.” This will lead you to a login screen. Log in using your Directory ID and password. Continue with each section. Be sure that you submit each section as instructed and be aware of the time limit. If you have any concerns, please contact the Math Department directly at email@example.com. They will reply by the next business day.
NOTICE: Please wait 24 to 48 hours after you have created your Directory ID to take the Math Placement Exam online. Please visit the Math Placement Exam information page for practice materials and other important information regarding the exam. The Math Placement Exam MUST be taken prior to attending orientation.
Take the Math Placement Exam (available beginning February 27th, 2013).
Do you need additional Math Placement Exam help? View upcoming workshops and classes.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST (FLPT)
The FLPT is an online exam designed to measure studentsí foreign language proficiency. The results are used to place students in the appropriate foreign language course. The FLPT is governed by the UMD Code of Academic Integrity. Students are expected to perform at their highest level and should not solicit outside help with the exam. Studentsí placement will be assessed for accuracy during the schedule adjustment period and can impact registration if it is determined that students have been placed above or below their ability. While no formal preparation is required for the placement exam, students are encouraged to review the materials from the last language course taken.
Do I have to take the FLPT?
-All students planning to take a foreign language class are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) prior to registering for a foreign language course.
-All students admitted to the College of Arts & Humanities (ARHU) must complete the on-line FLPT prior to orientation.
-Students seeking an exemption from the College of Arts & Humanities (ARHU) Global Engagement Requirement should refer to the on-line proctored FLPT instructions on the website below.
Please note that you do not have to take the FLPT if you have:
1. Completed pre-requisite college course(s) for the foreign language course you plan to take.
2. Received a high enough AP or IB score to meet the pre-requisite for the course you plan to take and have sent the score(s) to UMD. Please review the AP/IB score chart. How do I take the FLPT?
The FLPT is administered in two ways:
1. On-line FLPT: At home examination for UMD students with three years or less of language experience planning to take a foreign language course.
2. On-line Proctored FLPT: Scheduled, supervised examination for College of Arts & Humanities (ARHU) students or students intending to declare an Arts & Humanities major who have advanced language experience and are seeking an exemption from the college’s Global Engagement Requirement. Take the ARHU Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT).
At UMD it is required that all students have an Immunization Record on file with the University Health Center. All students must have health insurance and MUST bring their Health Insurance Card to orientation and campus to receive services at the Health Center throughout the year.
You can find the Immunization Record Form online.
Health insurance is MANDATORY for all newly-admitted students. All newly-admitted students must complete an online waiver to indicate whether they either: 1) have insurance and wish to waive the requirement or 2) wish to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) available through the University of Maryland. Students will receive an email providing a link to waive the insurance. Students must log-in annually to indicate either option. Students who do not complete a waiver or purchase insurance will automatically be enrolled in SHIP for the remainder of the 2013-2014 academic year and the cost will be billed to their student account.
You can find more information about mandatory health insurance via the Health Center.
We highly recommend:
-Having your Health Insurance Card on you at all times while on campus.
-Providing the pharmacy with your pharmacy insurance information
-Visiting the Health Center website to find a complete listing of services offered.
-Finding out what test, visits and services are covered by your existing health insurance plan.
Each student is strongly encouraged to complete the University Student Census prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The University Student Census is conducted on behalf
of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The project surveys experiences, opinions and progress of students and as such enhances understanding of college students and what helps them succeed in school.
Starting June 1, please visit the following page to complete the census.
You will also receive an email from the University of Maryland after your orientation inviting you to complete this census.
In order for the University to better understand its student population and serve student needs, you are encouraged to complete the online Faith Preference Survey. The University will use this data to support religious diversity on campus and connect students to the university-recognized chaplains and the services they provide. Students who indicate a faith preference may be contacted by the corresponding University Chaplain. Your participation is voluntary, but much appreciated.
Please continue if you wish to complete the survey.
There is a lot going on at Maryland and you need to know how to get involved, stay involved and stay informed on the daily going-ons of the University. Join any and all of our social networks for information on events and campus updates.
UMD Orientation Facebook
Terp Orientation Twitter
Now that you have completed the previous steps you are ready to attend orientation. You should have already registered for your orientation date. If you have completed the previous steps, you should be well on your way to a successful transition. During the program you will meet and get to know your Orientation Advisor (OA), meet with an academic advisor to discuss your course schedule, and register for classes. In addition, you will learn your way around campus, obtain more information about how you should prepare for living on or commuting to campus, talk with staff and students who can help you get involved with campus organizations, and get your photo ID card.
Please park in Lot 2 only. Please download a map and parking permit prior to orientation. After parking, you will drop off your luggage and overnight materials in Oakland Hall. Orientation Overnight Luggage Check-In begins at 7:30 AM at Oakland Hall. From Oakland, bus transportation will be provided to Cole Student Activities Building.
Please also view the Freshmen Orientation Overview and Details section at the top of this page for more information regarding your program.
Prepare for Orientation
As you begin your preparation of coming to orientation, remember that you are an active participant and the most important player in your educational success. Come ready to ask questions of our staff and students. Remember to do some research on your major requirements and keep a checklist of the things you still need to complete or offices you need to visit.
Turtle Camp is a five-day leadership immersion program for incoming first-year and transfer students run by The Stamp Student Union. Eighty students will have the opportunity to connect with other incoming students who are passionate about leadership. Turtle Camp has multiple tracks to explore leadership in different contexts, including a Washington DC-based experience and multiple outdoor adventure experiences. The outdoor adventure tracks include backpacking, biking, and canoeing. Whether you choose the DC track or one of the adventure tracks, Turtle Camp participants learn more about what it means to practice socially responsible leadership.
Find more information and an application on the Turtle Camp website.
If you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally or anything else, The One Project is for you! The One Project, winner of multiple national awards*, is the first-year experience program for LGBTQA students at the University of Maryland. Students in The One Project report having a better transition to the university and find a cohort of friends and colleagues that help support them in their transition to the university.
The One Project has many components. You can take part in as many or as few as you want.
* UNIV100Q section - Talk to your advisor during orientation about registering for this section
* Monthly social, educational and civic events
* Queer Camp fall LGBTQA community retreat
* Alternative Spring Break Trip
* Opportunities to interact with campus students, staff, faculty, and community leaders
* Leadership opportunities
Check out our website for more information.
* The National Orientation Directors Association 2010 Innovative Program of the Year
* The National Orientation Directors Association's GLBT Network Pride Award
* American College Personnel Association Commission for Admissions, Orientation and the First-Year Experience 2011 Program of the Year
If you are interested in getting involved with the LGBTQA community, please fill out the form below.