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Orientation


An important step in your transition to the University of Maryland (UMD) is to attend New Student Orientation, where you will learn about UMD traditions, connect with university faculty and staff and get acquainted with our campus resources.

Orientation is required for all newly admitted UMD students including freshman, transfer and international students, regardless of resident classification.

  1. Confirm your enrollment at UMD.
    • It may take up to 48 business hours for your enrollment confirmation to be processed and posted to your student record. This process must be completed prior to registering for orientation.
  2. Create your University ID (UID).
  3. Use your UID to register for New Student Orientation.
    • Spring admitted freshman students planning to participate in Freshmen Connection must confirm their participation in the program prior to selecting an orientation date. 

For questions regarding orientation schedules and registration information, please contact the Orientation Office

  1. Confirm your enrollment at UMD.
    • ​​It may take up to 48 business hours for your enrollment confirmation to be processed and posted to your student record. This process must be completed prior to registering for orientation.
  2. Create your University ID (UID).
    • ​​International students should email admit-tech@umd.edu using the subject line "International SID" to create their Student ID. This process must be completed prior to registering for orientation.
  3. Use your UID to register for New Student Orientation.
  4. If applicable, register for an International Student Orientation F-1 immigration session.

For questions regarding orientation schedules and registration information, please contact the Orientation Office.

Incoming students who wish to change their intended major should email their request to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at ApplyMaryland@umd.edu using the subject line "Change of Major Request". Once the major change is processed, you must contact the Orientation Office to determine whether your orientation date will be affected. Not all colleges advise students on each orientation date and failing to check with the Orientation Office may result in you having to reschedule your orientation session on the day you arrive for your program. Please note that the major change requests will take several days to be processed and you should refrain from contacting the Orientation Office until after you receive confirmation that your major has been updated.

Orientation dates for Freshmen Connection students are not affected by major.

All first-year students, regardless of SAT or AP/IB scores, must take the Math Placement Test before orientation. There are no exemptions from taking the Math Placement Test for first-year students.

Spring admitted freshman students participating in Freshmen Connection will not have their participation in the program finalized until the results from their Math Placement Test have been received.

All transfer students are encouraged to take the Math Placement Test before orientation. However, transfer students are required to take the Math Placement Test if they do not have equivalent credit for MATH140 and have received a 2.0 in that class or are entering the School of Public Health or College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, regardless of prior coursework and credits. Transfer students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and Robert H. Smith School of Business do not need to take the Math Placement Test.

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