Office of Student Orientation and Transition

We are excited to welcome you to the Maryland family!

At New Student Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, connect with other new Terps, and register for classes. Our program is designed to prepare you for the academic rigor at UMD, introduce you to Maryland traditions, and acquaint you with campus resources.

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Apply to serve in a student leadership role on campus. Open roles include UNIV100 Teaching Assistants and more!

Application opens November 8, 2021!

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Summer 2022 Orientation registration will open in late February! 

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COVID-19 Updates

Our office is consistently monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 Pandemic. 

For updates, changes, questions, & concerns check out our COVID-19 Updates page. 

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University of Maryland Student ID Cards

Newly admitted students beginning in Spring 2022 who did not upload their Student ID Picture and Signature by the deadline can go to the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Building, M-F, 8am-5pm to have their photo taken and secure their ID. 

Orientation gives you an opportunity to learn about the huge campus and meet other students in your college or year. I love that I was able to learn campus traditions and it really made me excited for school in the fall.

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Tip #1: Register for Orientation As Soon As Possible

Our office runs all the orientation programs for newly admitted, degree-seeking undergraduate students. All of our orientation programs are major specific, and space in each session is available on a first reserve basis and class. You register for classes at orientation and class availability decreases throughout the winter and summer. 

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Tip #2: Review Your Directory Information

Email is the primary mode of communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. As you prepare for orientation make sure your email, phone number, and address are up to date. Please ensure that your email is not a previous college, high school, or parent email. 


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Tip #3: Complete Your To-Do List

We know you have a ton of questions and might be wondering what come's next? Make sure you review your designated To-Do List and complete ALL of the tasks. You can give our office a call anytime or email us at if you have questions about tasks on your list.

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