First Year To-Do List

Congratulations on joining the University of Maryland community! Everything you need to begin college can be found here on our website. The Office of Student Orientation and Transition staff will help ease your transition while providing you with the information and resources you need to succeed.

Below outlines an IMPORTANT To-Do List for you to review in preparation for orientation and after. 

Please call our office at 301-314-8217, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, if you have any questions or concerns.

Accept your offer and pay the enrollment fee via Admissions.

Please note that it takes up to two to three business days for this fee to process, and you may not sign up for orientation until it has been processed.

You will use your directory ID to register for orientation and to access various university resources.
Set up your Directory ID and password.

In addition, all students have access to Terpmail, which is the university's email system that is run through Google mail. Set up your Terpmail account.

After acquiring your Directory ID, you will also need to set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Both your Directory ID and the MFA will be necessary to complete your Housing and Dining Agreement (required of all students living in residence halls) as well as to access other UMD systems such as student financial aid, registration for orientation and courses, and most other student services. Additional information on how to enroll in MFA can be found online. If you need any assistance please contact the Division of Information Technology.

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

Every student interested in on-campus housing must submit an On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement through the Department of Resident Life.

Deadlines

  • Spring Admitted Students: Rolling deadline, but first come first served. 
  • Fall Admitted Students: May 1st

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.

We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to register for orientation as soon as possible. Do not delay registering as all of our programs close one week out and spaces fill quickly. 

You may register for an orientation program only after you have confirmed your enrollment to UMD. Please note it takes 2-3 business days for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to process your enrollment fee payment and only after that process has occurred can you register.

  • Have any questions or need help with registering? Feel free to call our office at 301-314-8217 or send us an email.
REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

It is important that the university is aware of all prior learning and transfer credits in preparation for orientation. 

If you’ve earned credits through courses at another institution or through standard exams (such as AP, IB, A/AS Level and CLEP exams), they may count toward your UMD degree. Submit your most recent transcripts to the address below as soon as your grades are posted so we may promptly evaluate your transfer credit. To review which of your credits will transfer, review your unofficial transcript (Directory ID required for access) which will be available roughly 15 business days after you are admitted. More information can be found on our Transfer Credit Services website. 

Many of our academic colleges use Canvas, our course management tool, to share information and receive information prior to orientation. Before you can access our Orientation Canvas courses, you need to first log into Canvas. To do this, simply visit ELMS and login using your directory id and password. Once you've logged in and seen your dashboard, log out. If you do not complete this step you might experience trouble trying to access the Canvas course when you're enrolled.

 

To ensure you have the best possible orientation experience, please take a moment to complete this survey at least two weeks prior to your arrival.

 

Complete Survey

The Math Placement Test is a requirement for all incoming first-year students, regardless of any AP or college-level credit they may be bringing in. Advisors use the test as a tool to determine what level of math course a student should take based on their knowledge of the subject. 

Students may access the Math Placement Test starting in mid-March for Fall admitted students and mid-October for Spring admitted students. 

Learn more about the Math Placement Test and the requirements. 

TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST

Email is the university’s primary mode of communication, so it’s important to ensure that we have the correct information in our system to contact you. You can verify what email address is listed in our university directory by visiting Testudo and clicking “Change Address/Email.” From there, you have the option of editing your email address, permanent and local address and phone number.

Please note you also have the option of marking your contact information as “Confidential” if you would rather it not appear in the student directory. In the same screen you edit your email address, simply indicate if you want your profile access to be “Confidential” or “Public.”

Special Accommodations

If you or anyone participating in one of our orientation programs needs any special accommodations, please be sure to email us.

Kosher Meals

If you are requesting a Kosher meal during your program, please place an order through Maryland Hillel online or call 301-422-6200 (ext. 202). Kosher meals are coordinated and ordered by Maryland Hillel directly, not by the Orientation Office or Dining Services. Please request your kosher meal with Maryland Hillel a least one (1) week prior to your Orientation program.

Allergens

Accommodations for the most common allergens, and meals for vegetarians/vegans are available during New Student Orientation. If you have specific concerns, please complete the Pre-Orientation Survey and send an email to askorientation@umd.edu at least two (2) weeks prior to your orientation program.

We also encourage you to call the on-campus nutritionist at 301-314-8058, so that Dining Services can be prepared to accommodate your dietary needs during the semester.

Winter or Late Summer FIrst-Year One-Day Packing List

  • Vaccine Card with Full Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine or Negative COVID-19 Test taken within 72 Hours
  • A government or school issued photo ID (passport, high school ID, driver's license, etc.)
  • Comfortable, casual clothing and walking shoes – wear your Terp Pride!
  • Parking Permit (available on our website)
  • Completed Immunization Form 
  • Health Insurance Card (mandatory)
  • Reusable water bottle (to stay hydrated and be green!)
  • Notebook and pen
  • A back-up copy of your grades and transcripts
  • Documents that you need for meeting with campus staff (unofficial transcripts, AP scores, etc.). These are not mandatory documents required by the university, rather supplemental documents that may assist in the advising and registration process.
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal spending money
  • An umbrella and rain jacket! (Maryland weather is unpredictable!)

Summer First-Year Two-Day Packing List

  • Vaccine Card with Full Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine or Negative COVID-19 Test taken within 72 Hours
  • A government or school-issued photo ID (passport, high school ID, driver's license, etc.)
  • Please limit luggage to one small bag in addition to your bedding.
  • Bedding or a sleeping bag & pillow Students attending a summer two-day program will stay on beds in an on-campus residence hall, but the Orientation Office provides no sheets and/or bedding.
  • Comfortable, casual clothing and walking shoes – wear your Terp Pride!
  • A bathing suit (if swimming at night) and/or gym clothes (if playing basketball or using the outdoor climbing wall)
  • Overnight personal items (toiletries) and a towel
  • Parking Permit (available on our website)
  • Completed Immunization Form 
  • Health Insurance Card (mandatory)
  • Reusable water bottle (to stay hydrated and be green!)
  • Notebook and pen
  • A back-up copy of your grades and transcripts
  • Documents that you need for meeting with campus staff (unofficial transcripts, AP scores, etc.). These are not mandatory documents required by the university, rather supplemental documents that may assist in the advising and registration process.
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal spending money
  • An umbrella and rain jacket! (Maryland weather is unpredictable!)

Immunization Record

At UMD it is required that all students have an Immunization Record on file with the University Health Center. 

New students may also submit their Immunization Form information after they register for classes.

Immunization Records are due by the first day of classes! 

Health Insurance

Domestic undergraduate students must attest that they have health insurance or enroll in the school-sponsored plan (SHIP). The insurance attestation or enrollment can occur after you have registered for classes. International students will automatically be enrolled in the school-sponsored plan. 

All incoming University of Maryland students must complete FOUR online programs to help set them up for success. The programs are:

  1. TerrapinSTRONG
  2. AlcoholEdu
  3. Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Course
  4. Sexual Assault Prevention Program

Students will receive an email reminder from wellnesstraining@umd.edu with instructions for logging on and completing the training. Training programs will be accessible 24/7.

TerrapinSTRONG Wellness Trainings
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