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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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Summer New Student Orientation registration will open on March 1st. 

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University of Maryland Student ID Cards

ID photo submission is now open! Visit your NSO to-do list to view the requirements to submit your photo. 

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Need to change your major?

Incoming students who wish to change their intended major should email their request to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at using the subject line "Change of Major Request". Please note that your New Student Orientation date is dependent upon your major and may need to be changed once your change of major is processed. Once you have received a confirmation that your major has been updated, please call our office to double check that your New Student Orientation date works for you new major. 

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 during your orientation session.

Begin the Registration process below: 

First Year Students

Freshmen Connection Students

Transfer Students

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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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