Parents & Family Members

Terp Family ProgramFamily

The Terp Family Program is an optional program that is separate from the student orientation program. The Parent and Family Orientation Program is an online experience designed to answer your administrative, academic, and transition questions.

To register for this program, you can call our office at (301) 314-8217. Students can also register their family members when they register for their orientation.

On January 19th, the University determined that the best course of action was to keep our Orientation sessions online for Summer 2021. This decision was not made lightly, but out of an abundance of caution for both the UMD community, as well as our incoming fall class and their family members. Our Terp Family Orientation will be facilitated on the video-conferencing platform Zoom.

The Terp Family Orientation Portal will be accessible HERE starting in Late May. The Terp Family Orientation Portal will feature pre-recorded presentations, frequently asked questions, updates, important links, and more. The schedule for our Terp Family Orientation Program is available HERE! In addition to the Terp Family Orientation Portal, we will be offering a number of live webinars. Summer dates coming soon!

  • You can register for Terp Family Orientation when your student registers or by calling our office at 301-314-8217.

  • You will receive a Terp Family Pre-Orientation Email a Week before your registered date with your Zoom Link for the day, the schedule, and final details. If you don’t receive this email 3 days before your date please email us at terpfamilyorientation@umd.edu so that we can verify the email we have on file and send you the information.

  • If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please email us at terpfamilyorientation@umd.edu
This guide was created by The Office of Student Orientation and Transition to provide family members of incoming Terps resources and key contacts to help their student(s) navigate the transition to the University of Maryland. Click here to view the Guide

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (commonly referred to as the "Buckley Amendment") is designed to protect the confidentiality of education records and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

A student's rights begin when the student is registering for classes and meets with an advisor. The privacy protection FERPA gives to students is very broad. With limited exceptions, FERPA regulations give privacy protection to all student education records. Examples of student records entitled to protection under FERPA include grade reports, transcripts and most disciplinary files. This protected information cannot be released to any third party, including parents, without signed and dated written consent from the student.

For more information on educational privacy rights, FERPA and receiving parent access (student granted access to parents/guardians to view grades, class schedules, account balances, and unofficial transcripts using the University's Testudo Web site), please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

The Terp Family Resource Guide was created by The Office of Student Orientation and Transition to provide family members of incoming Terps resources and key contacts to help their student navigate the transition to the University of Maryland.

Click here to view the Guide