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Admitted Fall Freshman Checklist

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! You're #NowATerp!

Your academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and diverse experiences make you a great fit for UMD. The information below will help you get ready to join the Terp family.

As you review your next steps and confirm your enrollment, you can find answers to commonly asked questions within our Admission Decision FAQs.

1. 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.

2. 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 your 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.

3. Activate your UMD Directory ID

Newly admitted students will be able to activate their Directory ID at approximately one business day after the date of their admission decision.

After activating 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 on-campus 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. If you need any assistance please contact the Division of Information Technology (DIT).

It may take up to two business days for your Directory ID to become effective. Activating your Directory ID does not require confirming your enrollment at UMD. However, once your Directory ID has been activated, a TERPmail account will automatically be created for you. You will receive an email from DIT with instructions on setting up a password for your account.

4. Housing and dining

Every new first-year student who wishes to live in an on-campus residence hall must complete the Residence Hall 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.

5. 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 our office should you have disciplinary 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.

6. Learn more about UMD

Take time to learn more about UMD and other unique opportunities that await you here!

Check out our calendar for information about upcoming events and opportunities to visit campus. Our virtual tour, self-guided walking tour and UMD’s full calendar of events are also great ways to learn about life as a Terp.

7. Orientation

After submitting your Decision Form and acquiring your Directory ID, make sure you register for orientation, which is required of all incoming students. You are strongly encouraged to register for orientation by June 1.

8. Additional steps for international students only

International students will need to work with the office of International Students & Scholar Services (ISSS) to receive a Form I-20 and complete additional items for new international students. International students 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/J-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, learning how you can finance your education at UMD is an important step.

We are committed to providing you with helpful information and resources that can assist in making a UMD education affordable for you and your family. To help you get started, we recommend reviewing the estimated cost of attendance. Additionally, as an admitted student, you can now start your scholarship search with our scholarship matching tool.

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. Please also review our COVID-19 vaccination requirements to ensure you are in compliance.

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'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.


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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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