Freshmen Connection To-Do List

Congratulations on joining the University of Maryland community as a Fall Freshmen Connection student! 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 ALL Freshmen Connection students to review in preparation for orientation and after. 

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

Before Orientation, incoming students are REQUIRED to upload their COVID-19 Vaccine Card OR Exemption to the Keep Safe Portal. If you do not complete this step you cannot attend orientation and will be unable to register for classes. 

Click here to accept your offer and pay the enrollment fee.

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 and is automatically created when you create your Directory ID and password. After you register for classes ALL UMD email communication will go to your Terpmail. You must set up your Terpmail password.

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.

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

Review the courses you’d like to take in the fall semester based on your intended major and other university requirements.
Guidelines, including schedule planning forms, may be found at Course Schedule Design.

You’ll enter your course selection into the FC Enrollment Form.
If you need assistance, please schedule an appointment with an Advisor at fc@umd.edu.

Access the Online FC Enrollment Form 

After submitting the FC Enrollment Form, you will receive two emails: one email confirms submission of the enrollment form; another email confirms submission of payment. These emails are NOT an acknowledgment that you have been enrolled in your course selections. If you did not receive both emails, email fc@umd.edu.

After we’ve received the FC Enrollment Form, you must complete the Math Placement Test (MPT). Your FC Enrollment Form will not be reviewed until the results of the MPT have been posted to your student record. Course seats are not held. Course registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain courses, particularly math and science fill and close early. Do not delay in taking the MPT.

After the MPT results post, Advisors review your course selections based on major and Gen Ed requirements (if there are any issues, an advisor will contact you via email), ensure you’ve selected a UNIV100 section, confirm that you’ve selected an orientation session, ensure that the enrollment-deposit fee payment has successfully posted, and, finally, process the form.

You’ll receive a final email confirming that your FC Enrollment Form has been processed. This email contains instructions on how to access and view your fall course schedule.

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 and Freshmen Connection admitted students and mid-October for Spring admitted students. 

You can learn more about the Math Placement Test and the requirements HERE

About the Online MPT

  • See Math Placement Test for information including resources and a sample exam.
  • Students may retake the MPT one time prior to the start of the fall semester and 30 days after first taking it.
  • After 30 days, contact place@math.umd.edu to request a retake. Provide your full name and UID. After completing the retake, email fc@umd.edu so that we may look up your score.

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ADS Accommodations

  • Students who receive testing accommodations must contact UMD’s Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) and make arrangements to take the paper test. The online MPT is not available to students who receive accommodations for testing.
  • Once you have contacted ADS, submit your FC Enrollment Form. In the note field, indicate the date that you will be taking the MPT with ADS.
  • Your enrollment will not be finalized until you have taken the MPT but you will not be penalized for any delay with regard to your testing accommodation.

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To get more information and take the Math Placement Test, click here.
The Math Placement Test will be available in mid-March.

Incoming students are REQUIRED to upload their COVID-19 Vaccine Card OR Exemption to the Keep Safe Portal. If you do not complete this step you cannot attend orientation and will be unable to register for classes. 
You MUST be compliant with the University of Maryland's vaccination requirements at least 10 days prior to your orientation or you will be cancelled.  

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. More information about vaccination requirements for Fall 2022 will be available in the coming months.

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

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 to askorientation@umd.edu.
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. 

As a University of Maryland student, you are entitled to a student ID card. Your ID card serves as a general form of identification for the purpose of accessing University programs and services.

You must submit your photo and signature online no less than 10 days prior to your in-person orientation. Photo upload requirements and submission details can be completed on the online portal.

ID cards will be distributed during orientation and you will be required to show a government issued photo ID (state ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) to receive your ID card.

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.umd.edu 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

Update Your Directory Information

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.umd.edu 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.”

Primary/Legal Name Change

At UMD, your "primary name" and "legal name" are different:

  • Your primary name is the name by which you are generally known. It appears on university identification cards, class rosters, and directories of students and employees.
  • Your legal name appears on government issued identity documents such as a passport. At UMD, your legal name must appear on official transcripts, financial aid documents, payroll documents, and other places where a legal name is required by law or university policy.

Unless you specify otherwise, your default primary name is your legal name. To specify a primary name that is different from a legal name or to update your legal name, please click here for instructions. 

Special Accommodations

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

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.

Test for COVID-19 before you arrive: 

All Orientation participants, regardless of vaccination status, must test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of the start of the program.  Both PCR and self-administered (home) rapid antigen tests are sufficient. If you test positive, please refrain from attending your Orientation program and contact our office at 301-314-8217 to reschedule your visit.

Late Summer FIrst-Year One-Day Packing List

  • 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)
  • Health Insurance Card (mandatory)
  • Reusable water bottle (to stay hydrated and be green!)
  • Notebook and pen
  • A backup 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

  • 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)
  • 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. We will have a Health Center Immunization Table at Orientation where you can submit your immunization record. 


New students may also submit their Immunization Form information online myuhc.umd.edu 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

TerrapinSTRONG Wellness Trainings
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