COVID-19/Fall 2020 Information

Coronavirus/Fall 2020 UpdatesFAQ

The University of Maryland is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”). Very rapidly, the virus has been detected in numerous countries including the United States.

At this time, there are confirmed cases in the State of Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan has announced several actions to protect the public’s health and limit the spread of 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 move to an online environment beginning March 18, with reduced operations the week of March 23, 2020. Starting March 30, 2020 and continuing for the remainder of the semester, all classroom instruction will be conducted virtually. Click here for more information.

The univeristy will provide updates on their dedicated COVID-19 webpage as they become available

What does this mean for New Student Orientation?

Our office is keeping a close eye on this everchanging situation. On April 7th, the university determined that the best course of action would be to move our summer orientation process online. This decision was not made lightly, but out of an abundance of caution for both the UMD community, as well as our incoming class and their family members.

Beginning at 4:00pm on Wednesday April 8th, we will place a temporary pause on all summer orientation registration as we work to move our process to a virtual environment. During this time, students and their family members will be unable to register for an orientation or make any changes to their current registration. Those who have already registered for a program, your registraton is still valid and will not be affected. Registration will open back up on Friday, April 17th.

During this time, we will be making a number of updates to our website, as well as sending out communications regarding what the change to an online orientation will look like. We encourage you to continue checking our site for updates.

While our physical office will remain closed for the remainder of the semester, our staff will be readily available on the phone during business hours (8:30am -4:30pm) and via email at

What about the Fall 2020 semester?

On June 15th, the university laid out the first part of their plan for the Fall semester. You can read the full announcement here