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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Winter 2021-2022 Orientation Registration is NOW OPEN! 

Click here to be taken to the Orientation registration page

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COVID-19 Updates

Our office is consistently monitoring the everchanging COVID-19 Pandemic and will notify students of changes that impact our program. For Winter 2021-2022, New Student Orientation and Terp Family Orientation will be IN PERSON!

  • Masks are REQUIRED at Orientation in ALL indoor spaces.
  • The COVID-19 Vaccine or a Negative COVID test taken within 72 Hours is REQUIRED. Proof must be shown at Check-In. 

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

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Join our team!

Apply to serve in a student leadership role on campus. Open roles include Orientation Advisors and Orientation Office Assistants.

Application opens September 8, 2021!

View open positions

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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