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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 2022 Orientation registration is NOW OPEN!

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COVID-19 Updates

For updates check out our COVID-19 Updates page. 

Before Orientation, incoming students are REQUIRED to upload their COVID-19 Vaccine Card & Boosters OR Exemption to the Keep Safe Portal. If you do not complete this step you CANNOT attend orientation and will be unable to register for classes. At Orientation, incoming students must show proof of vaccination OR have an approved Religious or Medical exemption on file with the university. 

For questions or inquiries about COVID Compliance visit this form

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University of Maryland Student ID Cards

Congratulations Fall 2022 admitted students!

Freshmen, to receive your Student ID at New Student Orientation, please upload your ID card photo and signature by visiting the online submission form.

Transfer students will be able to take their Student ID Card photo at Orientation.

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Important Orientation Deadlines

Congratulations on your Admission to the University of Maryland, College Park! Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • May 1st - College Decision Day
  • May 23rd - University ID submissions are due
  • June 1st  - Preferred Orientation Registration deadline

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. 

Begin the Registration process here.

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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. 


View our previous emails!

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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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