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Special Experiences

There is more to University of Maryland than what you learn in the classroom. Whatever experience you are looking for to round out your education, we are here to help.

Nothing connects students more than our highly regarded living-learning programs, where students with a common interest share residence halls, classrooms, faculty and friendships to dig deep into contemporary topics and get unique research experiences. Half of all first-year students find their niche in one of these programs. To be considered for a living-learning program, you must apply for freshman admission by the November 1 early action deadline.

A Maryland education extends beyond the classroom, and it goes beyond borders. Our Education Abroad office facilitates international experiences for more than 1,800 undergraduates each year. You can study abroad for a year, semester, summer or winter and globalize your network, earn credit towards your degree and gain skills critical to your professional success. Admitted freshmen can even study abroad before arriving on campus through Freshman Abroad: Terrapin Take-Off short-term programs or Destination Abroad semester programs in Rome or Sydney.

As soon as they step foot on campus, Terps can begin building new knowledge and gaining a deeper understanding of their academic field through opportunities provided by the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience and the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research. These faculty-mentored experiences give UMD students authentic research skills to help advance their careers.

Earning an internship is a great way to get real-world experience and jumpstart your career. With plenty of internship opportunities on campus and across the region, academic advisors and internship coordinators can help you get hands-on professional experience in a supervised environment.

While our students hail from over 150 countries, they quickly come to call Maryland home. The International Student & Scholar Services office assists international students with the process of applying to Maryland, advises on immigration requirements and provides resources to assist with transitioning to campus.

The University of Maryland recognizes the extraordinary contributions of members of our armed services, and we understand the unique challenges of transitioning into a university environment. With a community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have served in the US military, Veteran Student Life supports a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life and provides support for continued growth in mind, body and spirit.

As a land-grant university, Maryland has a long history of providing military training for its students. The university currently offers Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs for the United States Air Force, Army and Navy, each of which works to train and commission the finest officer candidates in the nation.

Whether you’re looking to gain experience through an internship, fine tune your resume, practice your interviewing skills or evaluate a job offer, the Career Center has you covered. You’ll receive support at every stage of your career development and will be prepared to pursue a meaningful career path through high-quality services, resources and instruction.

The University of Maryland is committed to “inclusive excellence”—the notion that in order to educate our students with excellence, in order to foster outstanding research and scholarship, and in order to be national and global leaders, we must be diverse and inclusive. Through programs and resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports equity and diversity initiatives on campus and beyond.

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education works to serve the more than 10,000 undergraduate multi-ethnic students. By serving these students in all academic, personal and programmatic endeavors, Maryland strives to increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation and overall GPA.

Each year through the First Year Book Program, the University of Maryland selects a book that will provide a shared intellectual experience for all first-year students, faculty and staff. The First Year Book signals to incoming students the importance we place on intellectual engagement across the curriculum. It creates an opportunity for all of us to look at a topic, issue or experience from different perspectives.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides information pertaining to undergraduate academic programs, including course descriptions and program requirements and sets forth the university’s academic, registration and graduation policies and regulations. Program requirements contained in the Undergraduate Catalog supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department.


Terps love a challenge. A problem that needs a solution. A barrier that needs breaking down. You are smart, scrappy and determined. You value diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship and imagination. Ready to start your fearless journey?

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You can only learn so much about a school from a brochure. Even if we tell you how beautiful our campus is, or how fantastic our students and faculty are, you will not know for yourself until you experience it for yourself!

Come try on our campus for size! Stop by one of our top-notch athletic facilities. Have a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Dairy. Rub the nose of one of our beloved Testudo statues for good luck. Get all your questions answered. It won't be hard to picture yourself at home here for the next four years. 

Please visit our updates page for information regarding visit opportunity changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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You've done your research and explored your options, and you know that UMD is the perfect place for you. Now it's time to apply. 

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Freshman applicants can apply using either the Common App or StandOut Admissions Network platforms. At this time, transfer applicants can only apply using StandOut Admissions Network.


Consistently ranked as one of the best values in public higher education, you can rest assured that you will receive an affordable world-class education.

College is a major investment for you and your family. The university is here to help. 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.


State of Maryland Residents   Non-Maryland Residents

The University of Maryland has launched a new investment in need-based financial aid, the Terrapin Commitment program, which will provide up to $20 million annually for students from the state of Maryland.

The goal of the Terrapin Commitment program is to reduce the gap between a student’s total financial aid package and the cost of an education. The program will begin in January 2023 and ensures that tuition and fees are fully covered for Pell eligible, in-state students, who are enrolled full time and have unmet financial need. More details can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid's website.


Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! We are excited to welcome you into our world of fearless ideas.

You’ve received your admission letter, checked out your major and started celebrating with family and friends. To make enrollment official, check out information for newly admitted students to get everything you need to start your academic career at UMD. 

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