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Admitted Fall Freshman Checklist

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland (UMD)! Your academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and diverse experiences make you a great fit for the UMD family.

We know you have a lot to consider, but the information below will help you take the steps you need to become a Terp. As you review your next steps and confirm your enrollment, you can find answers to commonly asked questions within our Admission Decision FAQs.

1. Keep up the good work!

It is our expectation that you maintain your current level of academic performance. In addition, the university requires you to update the Office of Undergraduate Admissions should you have disciplinary or criminal action taken against you between the time you submitted your application and the start of classes. If this is the case, please email with the subject line "Disciplinary Update". Any significant changes in either of the above could result in the reassessment of your admission decision. 

2. Review your letter of admission in the Terps Application Portal

You have likely landed on this page from your admission letter. Be sure to keep your letter handy. It includes important information about your semester of admission, major, advising college, resident status and University ID (UID). If you have not yet seen your letter, log in to the Terps Application Portal and select the View Your Decision Letter button. 

3. Respond to your offer of admission

Please respond to your offer of admission by completing the Decision Form located in your Terps Application Portal. If your answer is YES, and we hope it is, you will need to submit your enrollment deposit. This nonrefundable $400 deposit will reserve your place in the incoming class and will be applied to your tuition. It may take up to two business days for your confirmation to be processed. If you have confirmed our enrollment at UMD, be sure to check out the Enrolled Students page.

Students who received an invitation to one of UMD's living-learning programs, must respond to that invitation in addition to submitting their Decision Response and enrollment deposit for UMD.

4. Acquire your UMD Directory ID

Newly admitted students may be able to acquire their Directory ID approximately one business day after the date of their admission decision. To create your Directory ID, please go to

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.

It may take up to two business days for your Directory ID to become effective. Creating your Directory ID does not require confirming your enrollment at UMD.

5. Learn more about UMD

With safety as a priority, and based on guidance from health and state officials, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has made changes to our in-person visit offerings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

6. Orientation

After submitting your Decision Form and acquiring your Directory ID, register for orientation and take care of a few more things to get ready for your time as a Terp. You are strongly encouraged to register for orientation by June 1.

7. Housing and dining

Every new first-year student who desires to live in campus residence halls must complete the Housing and Dining Agreement by May 1, to be eligible to live on campus. You must acquire your UMD Directory ID prior to completing this step.

8. Additional steps for international students only

International students will need to work with the office of International Students & Scholar Services (ISSS) to receive an I-20 Form and complete the New International Student To-Do ListStudents must confirm their enrollment at UMD before their student visa application process can begin.

In addition to new student orientation, international students may also be required to attend the International Student Orientation F-1 immigration session offered by ISSS.

9. Learn which of your credits will transfer

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. 

10. Learn about financing your education

From merit scholarships and need-based aid, to understanding your payment options, learn how you can finance your education at UMD.

11. Complete your health requirements

In order to keep our campus healthy and safe, we require that all incoming students submit immunization information prior to their arrival on campus. In addition, domestic undergraduate students must attest that they have health insurance or enroll in the school-sponsored plan by September 15. The insurance attestation or enrollment can occur after you have registered for classes. International students will automatically be enrolled in the school-sponsored plan. 

Mail transcripts and any additional materials to:

University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building
7999 Regents Dr.

College Park, MD 20742-5235, USA


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



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


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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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