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Campus Life

We want you to feel at home. We are committed to fostering a campus environment that supports a healthy mind, body and spirit for all members of the university community.

Bond with your roommate and decorate your door. Take group trips to the Diner or meet up with friends at the Food Court in the Stamp. Work up a sweat by playing Ultimate Frisbee or learning to ballroom dance. Pledge a service fraternity. Attend a concert or movie screening on campus. Join one club—or 10! Tailgate before a football game with friends and family and belt out the Maryland fight song. No matter what you want to do, you can find it at Maryland.

You’ll make the most of your Maryland experience not just in the classroom, but beyond. Opportunities to get involved, have fun and make a difference are as rich and diverse as the homemade ice cream flavors at the Maryland Dairy! You won’t only make your home here, you’ll be part of a close-knit community. And the unmistakable Maryland gear you’ll see students sporting around campus shows how proud we are to be Terps.

Looking for a fencing club, a cappella singing group, mock trial team or Buddhist thought and meditation group? We have you covered.

With more than 800 clubs, fraternities and sororities, and sports getting involved at Maryland couldn’t be easier. Are you a musician looking to entertain big crowds and make lifelong friendships? Audition for the Mighty Sound of Maryland, our beloved marching band. Also on campus are religious organizations, an improvisational comedy company, sports clubs, political clubs and student chapters of professional societies. Plus, Maryland has a huge array of community and volunteer services that can connect you with local and national organizations for elder care, tutoring, mentoring or environmental action.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Form your own group! All you need is eight people with a shared interest. And you can always have fun attending the hundreds of cultural events, movies, lectures and concerts held on campus each year.

College is a big adjustment, and you will come to rely on the friendship and support you will find in your roommate or your suite- or floor-mates, or from your resident assistant. It is where you will find someone to share a pizza with, watch your favorite show or host a late-night study session.

We can help you find your home away from home on- or off-campus. Nine out of 10 Maryland freshmen live in the university’s residence halls. Roughly half of on-campus residents are in living-learning communities, providing a great chance to bond with students with similar interests.

Our Department of Resident Life can connect you with potential on-campus roommates and help you pick the right student housing option. All university housing comes with live-in resident assistants and successful upper-class students who can help you find your groove academically and socially.

If you’re looking for a home away from campus, Off-Campus Housing Services can help you find your perfect place. Their resources provide personalized information about housing and off-campus living. Resources available online include a searchable database listing available rental properties in the area and an online database where students can search for roommates with similar housing needs and interests. And our Shuttle-UM buses make it convenient for off-campus students to commute.

Your parents are bound to wonder: Are you eating right? Do you get fresh vegetables? Can you manage your allergies and still eat well? Will they serve you a healthy meal whenever you want? At Maryland, we make sure you can say "Yes!" From your early-morning, before-class breakfast to your late-night, study-time cravings, Maryland Dining Services can feed your needs.

In our two main dining halls, you’ll find culinary stations serving fares such as rotisserie meats with comfort sides, Mongolian stir-fries, gourmet burgers, vegan and vegetarian selections, and made-to-order sandwiches and salads from 7:00 a.m. until midnight. A third, smaller dining hall offers lunch and dinner six days a week. You’ll also find food courts in the Stamp Student Union and Martin Engineering, cafes in academic buildings, and five convenience shops around campus.

You can choose from four resident dining plans and a kosher meal plan. If you are living in an apartment or at home, stay connected to campus with our connector dining plans. Use your plan's dining dollars in campus cafes and shops, or sign up for Terrapin Express, an optional pre-paid debit program. Use Terrapin Express to supplement your dining plan or cover your tab at the University Book Center, University Health Center and other spots on campus. 

Fear the Turtle! It’s the rallying cry at the University of Maryland, which has one of the country’s most comprehensive and successful athletic programs. From intramural and club sports to our Division I teams, Terps are active. You can rock-climb at the Eppley Recreation Center, jog around our scenic campus or swim laps in our Olympic-size pool. Stretch your lung muscles by cheering on your favorite team, like our national-champion women’s field hockey team, and sit in the Xfinity Center’s student section during our hugely popular men’s and women’s basketball games—our student athletes love to see you there! The Princeton Review regularly ranks Maryland in the top fifteen for “Students Pack the Stadiums,” and our teams draw strength from the spirit of our fans.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provides hundreds of student-athletes a rewarding experience, an integral and valued component of their Maryland education. A current member of the Big Ten Conference, Maryland is one of only three NCAA Division I institutions to have won national championships in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. From field hockey and wrestling to soccer and lacrosse (men’s and women’s), Maryland is a perennial championship contender, and our student-athletes compete in some of the finest athletic facilities anywhere in the country. The Terrapins have won 18 national championships since 2005, including the NCAA title in women’s basketball, three in men’s soccer, and in 2017, both women’s and men's lacrosse.

Whether you live on campus or off, the Department of Transportation Services makes it easy to get around. Shuttle-UM buses operate several campus-based routes and serve a six-mile radius beyond, taking students to Metro station, shops, restaurants and more than two dozen apartment communities. All you need to ride Shuttle-UM is your student ID. It’s also a snap to travel to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and local airports by using Metrorail and MARC trains.

If you’re living off campus, permits for campus parking are available for purchase from the Department of Transportation Services.

The Annual Security Report contains information about campus security including: campus security programs, recommended personal safety practices, the authority of the university police, campus disciplinary procedures, alcohol and drug policies, crime reporting procedures and campus crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period. Individual printed copies of the report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety, Pocomoke Building #007, College Park, MD 20742-6011 or by calling 301.405.3555.

The Annual Fire Safety Report contains fire safety information about on-campus student housing, including fire statistics, fire safety systems, fire drills, fire safety rules, evacuation procedures, fire safety education and training policies, fire reporting procedures, and plans for future fire safety improvements. Individual printed copies of the report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, 3115 Chesapeake Building #338, College Park, MD 20742-3133 or by calling 301.405.3960.


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. 

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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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