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First Year Orientation


We are excited that you’ve chosen University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and look forward to working with you as you begin to prepare to join the Terp Community! Our orientation program aims to provide you and those who support you with programs and services that assist you in a successful academic, social, and personal transition to, and through, the university. 

All new degree-seeking first-year students must participate in New Student Orientation in order to register for classes. During New Student Orientation, you will meet with students, faculty, and staff; connect with your peers and upperclassman; become familiar with campus resources; and register for classes for your first semester.

To prepare for a successful transition to UMD, we've developed a To Do List to help you navigate your next steps. There are some things that you must complete before your New Student Orientation, others that you will complete after your New Student Orientation.

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