Arrival Guide - Parents and Families


Please take a moment to review the following required items for both you and your student in advance of your program. In order to make your experience as smooth as possible, please be sure your student brings the required Health and Immunization Form and have your student complete the Math Placement Exam prior to New Student Orientation. Please contact our office with any questions.

Be a guide and set expectations. Your student may be overwhelmed with the amount of people who he/she is going to meet at New Student Orientation. Help your student understand that this is a time to step out of their comfort zone and to meet new people. They will be given a lot of new information that is important, but may be forgotten quickly. Encourage your student to take notes, ask questions, and listen for important information that will assist them in their transition. Tell them to have fun! New Student Orientation is a great experience and most students report feeling more comfortable with their decision to attend UMD after their program.

Directions and Parking Permit
Remember to view our interactive campus map and download your Parking Permit online before you arrive.
All campus guests must display an official Parking Permit on their dashboard while parking on campus during New Student Orientation.
Special Accommodations
If you or any member of your family has a physical disability and will need accommodations during our program, please contact our office at least one week prior to your program.

Parent/Guardian Information Form
Your student should complete the university’s Parent/Guardian Information Form as soon as possible. This information is very important. UMD is committed to providing timely information to parents, including news and announcements from across the campus and updates about urgent situations or emergencies. Note: completing this form does not give parents access to students’ personal or academic information (grades, etc.).

Orientation Mobile App
Download our mobile app - directions, campus maps, schedules, and more all on your mobile device.

All Parents/Families ->

Dietary Restrictions
If you are requesting a Kosher meal during your program, please place an order through Maryland Hillel online or 301-422-6200 (ex 202). Maryland Hillel handles all kosher meal orders and deliveries directly. Vegetarian and some vegan options are available in the dining halls and food court. Non-severe gluten allergies can be accommodated in the dining halls and food court. Certain severe allergies and food concerns cannot be accommodated and alternate preparations should be made.

Health & Immunization Form
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 campus to receive services at the Health Center throughout the year.

Packing List
Review our packing list so you have all necessary items for your program, including any forms, transcripts, and bedding for your student for their overnight program.

ISSS Arrival Checklist
Please review this important arrival checklist specifically for international students.

Class Registration ->

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 registers. 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. You will not be with your student when they register for classes, so please discuss expectations and course information prior to arrival.

For additional information about FERPA and the University's policies, please consult our Parents and Families menu at the top of this page, as well as the Office of Parent and Family Affairs website.

Materials and Handouts ->

Virtual Folder


To reduce the amount of paper products we distribute throughout our programs, we have created the Orientation Virtual Folder. Instead of providing approximately 10,000 new students and 7,000 new parents and family members with close to 30 sheets of materials, we have placed all of them on this website. Feel free to browse through this site at your own pace and print out any materials you find useful. This site will be updated as new information becomes available.