Overhead shot of McKeldin Mall during the day

COVID-19 Updates

The University of Maryland is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”).

The University Health Center (UHC) is in regular communication with county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available.

The university will continue to provide updates on their dedicated COVID-19 webpage as they become available.

The University System of Maryland requires all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Since you will be a member of the UMD community this fall, you must upload your COVID-19 vaccination record in order to register for courses. You may also request a vaccination exemption for medical or religious reasons. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or receive an approved exemption will prevent you from becoming an enrolled UMD student in the Spring semester.

To upload your vaccination information, or to request a vaccination exemption, go to the Keep Terps Safe portal. You must have a University Directory ID and password to log in to submit your vaccination information. Any actions you take will be reflected in university systems after 7:30 a.m. the following morning. 

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

Learn more about UMD's Health & Safety Protocols at https://umd.edu/4Maryland/health-plan


What does this mean for the Winter 2021-2022 Orientation?

On February 11th, President Pines announced the university’s decision to reopen the institution, for full in-person instruction for Fall 2021.

As of right now, Orientation will be IN PERSON for Winter 2021-2022. All orientation participants will be notified of any plans to change our program structure. 

Vaccine & Mask Requirement

  • All incoming students must bring proof of FULL COVID-19 Vaccination and/or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test taken within 72 Hours of their Orientation program date. (Note: Full vaccination, as is stated in CDC guidelines, requires each participant to have received both doses of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine plus the 14-day waiting period post-vaccination). All participants in Orientation programs will be required to wear a mask while indoors and not actively eating and drinking.


Orientation is scheduled to be fully in person for Winter 2021-2022. There are no opportunities to participate in Orientation Online this winter. 

In the event we have to change our structure to an online orientation program due to COVID-19, the orientation would be conducted using the platform Canvas for pre-orientation modules & quizzes and all day of sessions including academic advising appointments and orientation presentations will be facilitated on the video-conferencing platform Zoom

Our staff will be readily available on the phone during business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm) and via email at to answer any questions or concerns about summer orientation. 



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