Parents & Family Members

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The Terp Family Program is an optional program that is separate from the student orientation program. The Parent and Family Orientation Program is an online experience designed to answer your administrative, academic, and transition questions.

To register for this program, you can fill out this form or call our office at (301) 314-8217. Students my also register their family members when they register for their orientation.

On April 7th, the university determined that the best course of action would be to move our summer orientation process online. This decision was not made lightly, but out of an abundance of caution for both the UMD community, as well as our incoming class and their family members.

This summer, we are offering an online orientation experience for parents and family members to access using our Canvas Management tool. Guests will be able to access these presentations at their own leisure for the entire summer. There will be no fee for our Parent & Family programming.

The Terp Family Orientation Portal can be accessed by clicking here

In addition to the Terp Family Portal, we will be offering a number of live sessions throughout the summer hosted by our various campus partners, including Dining Services, Parent & Family Affairs, Resident Life and more. Guests must RSVP for these sessions. This can be done in the Terp Family Portal or by using the calendar of events below.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (commonly referred to as the "Buckley Amendment") is designed to protect the confidentiality of education records and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

A student's rights begin when the student is registering for classes and meets with an advisor. The privacy protection FERPA gives to students is very broad. With limited exceptions, FERPA regulations give privacy protection to all student education records. Examples of student records entitled to protection under FERPA include grade reports, transcripts and most disciplinary files. This protected information cannot be released to any third party, including parents, without signed and dated written consent from the student.

For more information on educational privacy rights, FERPA and receiving parent access (student granted access to parents/guardians to view grades, class schedules, account balances, and unofficial transcripts using the University's Testudo Web site), please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

  • Q: Is there a formal Parent & Family Orientation for Terp Parents?
  • A: Absolutely! Our office knows that when a student transitions to becoming a Terp their parents experience a transition too. We have developed a comprehensive online orientation program for new students’ parents & families. You can learn more about our Parent & Family Orientation Program here.

  • Q: Is the Parent & Family Orientation program required?
  • A: Parents and family members of entering first-year students are highly encouraged to participate in parent & family orientation, however, this program is optional for family members.

  • Q: Is there a fee to participate in the Online Parent & Family Orientation Program?
  • A: Our Online Parent & Family Orientation Program is free.

  • Q: Can I join my student when they complete their virtual academic advising appointment?
  • A: Unfortunately, no. Please read the section entitled "FERPA" for more information about the confidentiality of student information.

For more frequently asked questions, please visit the Office of Parent and Family Affairs website.