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First Year New Student Orientation


We are excited that you’ve chosen University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and look forward to working with you as you prepare to join the Terp Community! Our New Student Orientation (NSO) program aims to provide you information about campus resources and services that will assist you in a successful academic and social transition to the University. 

What happens at New Student Orientation (NSO)?

No matter what type of New Student Orientation program you attend, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, connect with your peers and upperclassmen, become familiar with campus resources, and register for classes for your first semester. Each program has time dedicated to academic advising, in which you will have the opportunity to discuss prior learning credits, transfer credits, degree requirements, and more. 

Click on the different types of New Student Orientation programs below to learn more. 

If students register for our one-day NSO, they will be guided by an Orientation Advisor to their academic advising session for the first part of the day. After advising, students will have the opportunity to connect with peers at the Life and Maryland social and go on a Campus Traditions Tour.

If students register for the online NSO, they can expect to meet and connect with an Orientation Advisor in the morning before their academic advising sessions. During this time, the OA will give the Terp Life presentation, which connects students to campus resources that will assist in a successful transition to UMD. Academic Advising colleges will welcome students with a Meet Your College presentation before they register for classes. 

Now that you have learned about the different types of NSO programs, you can continue on to our First Year Registration & Schedules page. After registering for New Student Orientation, you should then begin to work on your First Year To-Do List, which needs to be completed at least one week prior to your NSO program. 

If you have more questions about what happens during NSO, logistics or requirements, please contact us at 301-314-8217 or

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