Parents & Family Members

Parent & Family ProgramFamily

The parent & family program is an optional program that is separate from the student orientation program. The Parent and Family Orientation Program is an intensive one-day program designed to answer your administrative, academic, and transition questions

To register for this program, you may register when your student registers, or you may call our office at (301) 314-8217.

The program fee is $66.00 per parent/family member that is over 18 years old. 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. New Student 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.

First Year student programs held in June and July are two days in length and include an overnight stay in an on campus residence hall. Overnight Luggage Check-In is from 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM at the overnight residence hall, and the program begins promptly at 9:00 AM on the first day, and students will end at 2:30 PM on the second day. Please keep these times in mind when making travel arrangements.

Transfer student programs held during the summer and first year student programs held in late August are both one day in length and do not include an overnight stay on campus. Orientation Program Check-In will begin at 8:00 AM and students will end by 4:00 PM. Please keep these times in mind when making travel arrangements.

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 Parent and Family Affairs website.

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

  • Q: Is this program required?
  • A: This program is optional for family members.

  • Q: For two-day programs, will I be provided overnight accommodations?
  • A: We are only able to provide accommodations for students, and cannot house parents & family members. There are a number of hotels in the College Park area within walking and driving distance to campus.

  • Q: Where and when should I pick my student up from their program?
  • A: For two-day programs, students will be finished their program by 2:30pm on the second day of their orientation. They should be picked up at Denton Hall, where they were dropped off for check-in. For one-day programs, students will be finished by 4:00 pm, but the actual ending time of the program varies depending on their college and major.

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

Terp TripsTrips

Parents and family members of entering first year students are highly encouraged to take part in one of our Terp Trips during our summer two-day programs. Each Terp Trip is hosted by a campus faculty or staff member, and connects you with a small group of parents and family members. Please note that Terp Trips are popular and are filled on a first come, first served basis and that each trip has a limited capacity.

Each trip has a trip fee that covers programming and registration expenses associated with the trip. The trip fee will be charged directly to your student's account - please do not send payment to our office. Note, if you are a no-show on the day of your trip, you will be charged the full trip fee.

The trips are offered throughout the summer when first year students are finishing the second day of their program and registering for classes. Unless otherwise noted, each trip departs from the Cole Student Activities Building entrance promptly at 8:45 AM and concludes in time for you to reunite with your son or daughter when the student program ends at 2:30 PM. Please park in Lot 1 for your Terp Trip, and print a Lot 1 parking permit. Parking Permits can be found in our Arrival Guide.

Visit Maryland’s beautiful state capital, Annapolis! Stroll along the streets of this historic seaside town, browse shops full of souvenirs, and take a boat ride around the bay. Wrap up the day by enjoying lunch, breathtaking views, and casual conversation with UMD faculty and students at Pusser’s Restaurant.

  • • May 30th
  • • June 1st
  • • June 5th
  • • June 7th
  • • June 12th
  • • June 14th
  • • June 26th
  • • June 28th
  • • July 10th
  • • July 12th
  • • July 17th
  • • July 19th
  • • July 24th
  • • July 26th

Cost: $15.00 trip fee per participant, plus any additional expenses (approximately $13.00 for boat ride and $10.00 - $20.00 for lunch). Please note that prices may change without notice as these are third-party businesses. Please bring cash.

PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID. We will be visiting the Naval Academy and you will NOT be able to enter without a valid ID.

Take a tour of the US Capitol Building and the US Capitol Complex, including the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C. Start your visit by checking out the Capitol Visitors Center, state statues, and the historic Capitol lawns before taking a 1-hour guided walking tour of the halls of Congress, Statuary Hall, and the Capitol Rotunda. The tour will also include a brief visit to the House and/or Sentate chambers and gallery (as security and schedule allow).

  • • June 7th
  • • June 21st
  • • June 26th
  • • July 10th
  • • July 19th
  • • July 24th

Cost: $15.00 trip fee per participant (this includes metro fare), plus any additional expenses (approximately $10.00 - $20.00 for lunch). Please note that prices may change without notice as these are third-party businesses.

Lace up your walking shoes and set out for an extensive, leisurely tour of the University of Maryland. An Orientation Advisor will help you get acquainted with campus and all of the famous Testudo statues. Along the way, you’ll hear about UMD's rich history and traditions while visiting the famous Dairy, the Wall of Fame in the Xfinity Center, the Eppley Recreation Center, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and McKeldin Library. There will be multiple opportunities to re-energize with a snack or beverage. Round out your tour with lunch in The Stamp Student Union with a faculty/staff member. Please note that this is a walking, outdoor tour of campus - Maryland summers can be hot and humid, so please plan accordingly.

  • • May 30th
  • • June 1st
  • • June 5th
  • • June 7th
  • • June 12th
  • • June 14th
  • • June 19th
  • • June 21st
  • • June 26th
  • • June 28th
  • • June 29th
  • • July 10th
  • • July 12th
  • • July 17th
  • • July 19th
  • • July 24th
  • • July 26th

Cost: There is no fee for the platinum tour, but please bring cash for any additional expenses (approximately $5.00 for snack or beverage and $10.00 - $20.00 for lunch).