COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus UpdatesFAQ

The University of Maryland is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”). Very rapidly, the virus has been detected in numerous countries including the United States.

At this time, there are confirmed cases in the State of Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan has announced several actions to protect the public’s health and limit the spread of COVID-19. The University Health Center (UHC) is in regular communication with county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available.

The univeristy will continue to provide updates on their dedicated COVID-19 webpage as they become available.

What does this mean for Summer New Student Orientation?

On January 19th, the University determined that the best course of action was to keep our Orientation sessions online for Summer 2021. This decision was not made lightly, but out of an abundance of caution for both the UMD community, as well as our incoming fall class and their family members.

Our online orientation program will be conducted using the platform Canvas for pre-orientation modules & quizzes and all day of sessions including academic advising appointments and orientation presentations will be facilitated on the video-conferencing platform Zoom. Registration for Summer orientation will open in mid to late February. 

Our staff will be readily available on the phone during business hours (8:30am -4:30pm) and via email at to answer any questions or concerns about summer orientation. 

Will UMD Orientation be able to offer any in-person experiences in Summer 2021?

New Student Orientation is excited to announce that we will be offering a limited number of optional in-person experiences for new Terps to see the College Park campus during Summer 2021, if COVID-19 guidelines permit. More details about these Terp Visit Days are coming soon!

What does this mean for the Fall 2021 semester?

The university has not yet announced a decision about the structure of the Fall 2021 semester. You can visit the UMD COVID-19 webpage for regular updates.