Early Arrival Information

Early Arrival Information

What is it?

• If you need overnight accomodations the night before your 2-day orientation program, you can register for our early arrival program, and check into the residence hall a night early.

How much does it cost?

• The early arrival program is an additional $40 dollars that will also be charged to your student account through the Office of the Bursar

What is the schedule?

• Check-in begins at 4:30pm in Easton Hall. At this point you will be able to drop your luggage off in your room.

• At 5:45pm, Orientation advisors will take a group of students to eat dinner on Baltimore Avenue. If you are interested in going to dinner with the orientation advisors, please be in the lobby of Easton by 5:45pm, and bring your own money for dinner. The orientation advisors will NOT pay for your meal.

How do I sign up?

• To sign up, please call our office at 301-314-8217 during business hours and a staff member can assist you.

How do I get to campus?

Arriving Via Metro
• The University of Maryland is conveniently accessible via the Washington, D.C. Metro, the regional subway and commuter rail. The closest Metro stop is the College Park Metro Station, which is located on the Green Line of the Metro system. The university operates a free shuttle to the campus beginning at 6:40 AM and running continuously every 8 minutes on weekdays. A Metro Station Manager can assist you with locating the shuttle stop, and the shuttle will bring you to the Stamp Student Union, just a few short steps from Cole Student Activities Building where the Orientation Program Check-In takes place (our staff will gladly direct you then to a shuttle bus to travel to check-in for your overnight stay if you are attending a summer 2-day program). For specific Metro instructions, fares, and schedules you can contact Metro at www.wmata.com or 202-637-7000. I f you have further questions regarding travel arrangements, feel free to contact the Orientation Office at 301-314-8217.

Arriving Via Regional/Amtrak Train
• If you are traveling to the Washington, D.C. metro area via train, you should plan to arrive at Union Station in downtown Washington. Union Station has a Red Line Metro station located on site. A Metro Station Manager can assist you with the train connections for College Park, Maryland (located on the Green Line). For additional Metro information please refer to the previous section.

Arriving Via Air
• People flying in to visit the University of Maryland typically use either Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI) or Reagan National (DCA) airports. Airline tickets tend to be less expensive flying into BWI, but there are often exceptions and you may save money by checking both destinations. If you reserve a plane ticket for BWI, you will need a rental car or airport shuttle service to get to College Park, a distance of about 25 miles. Visit the BWI website for more information on shuttles from BWI to College Park. You may also take the B30 Metro Bus from BWI, which will take you to the Greenbelt Metro Station. You will then take the Green Line one stop to the College Park Metro Station and take the UMD shuttle service directly onto campus.

• If you are flying into Reagan National (DCA), there is a Reagan National Airport Metro Station (located on the Blue Line) at the airport. A Metro Station Manager can assist you with the train connections for College Park, Maryland (located on the Green Line).