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Future Terps COVID-19 Updates

The University of Maryland (UMD) is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. With safety as a priority, and based on guidance from health and state officials, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has implemented a number of changes to support future Terps, their families and our community. 

We understand that your college search and admission process has been greatly impacted by this unprecedented situation. During this crisis, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff is fully available to assist you via email at or by phone at 301.314.TERP (8377). Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. Follow us on social @ApplyMaryland for the latest news and updates.

As we were looking forward to hosting you on campus, we understand your possible disappointment about cancelled visit opportunities. However, the health and safety of our students, faculty, visitors, and staff remain paramount. The state of Maryland is currently operating under a state of emergency due to COVID-19 and we want to ensure that we don’t host an event that could potentially subject our registered guests and campus community to increased risk of exposure.

As a result, the following changes have been made to our visit offerings:

  • Please see our visit calendar for the current schedule of Virtual Terrapin Tours and Virtual Maryland Information Sessions.
  • Terp For A Day and Group Visits are canceled until further notice. Alternatively, we encourage students and their families to get familiar with campus through our Virtual Visit.
  • Recruitment events and visits have been canceled until further notice. We will continue to assess state and county-issued travel precautions for high school visits and college fairs.

We strongly encourage prospective students and their families to review our admission requirements as well as the application FAQs.

Students can contact their area’s admission representatives for assistance with the application process by emailing and including the representative’s name in the subject line.

Congratulations on your admission to UMD! Although we are away from campus, newly admitted students and their families are invited to explore our virtual Admitted Student Open House. Students can also learn more about UMD by reviewing the admitted student checklists and admission decision FAQs.

May 1 remains the deadline for enrollment confirmation and submitting the Housing and Dining Agreement. Students can respond to their offer of admission by logging in to their MyCoalition account.

First and foremost, welcome to the Terp family! As you prepare to begin your college career, we encourage you to review our Enrolled Students page for guidance on the next steps to take.

While the New Student Orientation program during Summer 2020 has been moved online, you will still have the opportunity to virtually engage with the community, participate in academic advising and register for courses.

Don’t forget to celebrate this exciting milestone on social media using #AlwaysATerp!

How will the university make a final decision about campus reopening?
The reopening of campus this fall is subject to changing conditions and must be in compliance with federal, state, county and University System of Maryland guidance. Our community’s health and well-being are our top priority, so as long as the pandemic continues, there will likely be some restrictions.

What are the university’s plans to “de-densify” campus?
The University System of Maryland advises a density reduction on all USM campuses, and enforcement of physical distancing in classrooms, residence halls and dining halls. Efforts to de-densify at UMD include reducing the number of individuals who need to be physically present on the premises on any given day, starting with reducing the capacity of our residence and dining halls. Other strategies to de-densify campus include online instruction and some staff (and faculty) continuing to work from home.

What safety measures will be in place when campus reopens?
The plans of the Safety and Health work-group, co-led by Dean Boris Lushniak of the School of Public Health and General Counsel Mike Poterala, informs the planning of all the work-groups. They include cleaning and disinfecting all buildings; environmental monitoring; protocols for testing, screening and contact tracing; and abiding by CDC guidelines on physical distancing, face-coverings and frequent hand washing.

Will classes be conducted virtually for the Fall 2020 semester?
Learning and teaching this fall semester will involve a mix of in-person, online and blended education. However, students should expect that many of their classes will be virtual in the fall term.

How will classes be conducted when students and faculty return to campus?
On-campus instruction will be limited overall for the fall semester. For classes that offer the option to attend in person, classroom capacity has to be reduced in order to allow for the requisite physical distancing.

Will students have the option to continue their studies virtually when campus reopens?
Yes. We are working to provide students with the option of taking classes exclusively online, if they so choose.


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