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you’re #NOWATERP!

Here’s where you take the next steps on your FEARLESS journey.


As a newly enrolled Maryland student, you are embarking on an incredibly exciting time in your life. To help with your transition to campus, please review the information on these pages for your next steps to ensure you’re ready for your first day on campus. If your schedule permits, register and attend one of our Admitted Student Open Houses.

As an alumna, I am proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. You, too, will get to know the university as a world-class leader in research and teaching, entrepreneurship and innovation, and sustainability and security. But most of all, you will get to know us as caring people who are committed to the success of our university and students.

You have many opportunities ahead of you, and we are excited to support your continued education as members of the Maryland family.

All my best to you.
Barbara Gill
Barbara Gill
Barbara Gill ’85, M.A. ’91
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management


New Student Orientation is required of all incoming freshmen and transfer students, regardless of your residency status.

To confirm your orientation session, register online. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Orientation Office. International students should first contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services regarding your required orientation session and immigration information.

At orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, connect with other new students, take your math placement exam, get your student ID and register for classes. The program will prepare you for the academic rigor at Maryland, introduce you to Terp traditions and acquaint you with our campus resources.

Spring admitted students planning to participate in Freshmen Connection should contact the Freshmen Connection office with questions.

On your way to a degree

Incoming freshmen must submit final high school transcripts as soon as they are available so we may confirm your high school graduation and facilitate course credit evaluation. Transfer students must submit official college transcripts upon completion of any courses in progress. 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 Maryland degree.

Your institution should mail transcripts directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the address below or submit them electronically through Naviance or eSCRIP-SAFE. Transcripts cannot be emailed, scanned, or faxed to our office.

The transfer credit evaluation process usually begins for newly admitted students two weeks after you receive your admission letter. To learn more about this process, please visit the Transfer Credit Services website.

Mail your most recent transcripts to the address below:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Maryland
Mitchell Building
7999 Regents Dr.
College Park, MD 20742-5235


At Maryland, you are going to need a place to stay and food to eat. With more than 37 residence halls in six unique residential communities, we have you covered. Living on campus is a once-in-a lifetime experience, a chance for immersion in the Terrapin community and to take in all the university has to offer.

Every student interested in on-campus housing must apply. To apply, you will need to create your Directory ID and password. Once you have your ID, you can request housing by completing the online housing agreement by following the “Apply for Housing” button at the Department of Resident Life homepage.

New freshmen entering the university in the fall semester are guaranteed residence hall housing, by submitting the online housing and dining agreement form by May 1. On-campus housing is available for admitted transfer students on a space-available basis, so apply as early as possible.

Students participating in the Freshmen Connection program are guaranteed fall semester residence hall housing if they confirm enrollment to the university and complete the online housing agreement by following the “Apply for Housing” button at the Department of Resident Life homepage by May 1. Participants will be required to enroll in the Freshmen Connection program prior to the start of the fall semester.


College is a major investment for you and your family. We are here to help you every step of the way.

We offer an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable. Explore the different ways you can finance your Maryland education.

Check out our Net Price Calculator to estimate your financial aid, and visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for answers to commonly asked questions.


Undergraduate students registered for six or more credit hours must show proof of health insurance coverage. Students must complete an online waiver card each academic year to fulfill this requirement. If you don’t submit a waiver by July 15, you’ll be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Get more information and complete proof of insurance waiver through the University Health Center website.

New students must also complete the Immunization Form. The form can be submitted at Orientation, and students may be assessed a late fee if it is submitted after the first day of class.

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Regardless of where you live, you’ll likely use the resources of the university’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS). In addition to operating several campus-based routes that run up to 20 hours per day, Shuttle-UM buses travel to local neighborhoods, Metro stations, shops, restaurants and nearby apartment communities. All you need to ride Shuttle-UM is your student ID.

Eligible students who live in residence halls may purchase parking permits and bring their vehicles to campus on a space-available basis. A range of permits, including options for carpoolers and students who plan to drive to campus only occasionally, are available for off-campus students. DOTS also offers services for students who commute by bicycle.