Step 1: Confirm Your Enrollment
We are glad you're #NowATerp! Once you’ve decided to continue your education at UMD, be sure to confirm your enrollment with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly as soon as possible. To learn more about your admission decision, please visit the Admissions FAQs page.
Step 2: Understand Your Major
Now that you’ve been admitted to UMD, you can review the major you were admitted into on Standout Admissions Network. Read on for information about why you may not have been admitted into your preferred major and advising resources to assist you once you transfer.
Step 3: Attend New Student Orientation
We are excited to welcome you to the Maryland family! At New Student Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, connect with other new Terps, and register for classes. New Student Orientation is a one-day on-campus program, and is mandatory for all newly admitted transfer students. You must attend an orientation program in order to register for classes.
Orientation programs are held throughout the summer and winter terms, but certain colleges only advise on certain dates. As soon as you have confirmed your enrollment, consider reviewing orientation dates and registering for the earliest program convenient for your schedule. Review a sample schedule for a Transfer Orientation Program to see what topics will be discussed.
Step 4: Understand Your Transfer Credits
The Transfer Credit Services team in the Office of the Registrar is here to help you understand transfer credit policy and to assist you in navigating the transfer evaluation process! Below are some additional tips to better prepare you for transfer to the University of Maryland.
- Prior to orientation, students can review their unofficial transcript to see how their credits have transferred. Incoming credits are posted on a continuous basis depending on when your final transcripts are sent. Be sure to send in your final transcript(s) from your prior institution(s) and continuously monitor your UMD transcript to ensure that all credits are posted.
- All courses that have been accepted for transfer will be noted, and courses that are listed as credit pending, needs a syllabus, or needs an evaluation (N1 or NE) will require further review to determine transferability. To learn more about how to interpret your transcript, please visit the Transfer Credit website.
- Students can begin the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process at any time by submitting syllabi for review.
- Students with Prior Learning Credit (e.g., AP, IB, CLEP, etc) will need to send an official score report directly from the appropriate organization (e.g., College Board). Pending receipt of the scores, students can determine how these credits will transfer by viewing the corresponding Prior Learning Credit chart.
Step 5: Plan Your Finances
Planning for your finances is an important part of being a new Terp. Below you will find information about various financial resources at the University of Maryland.
In order to ensure that you have everything set up for your first semester, be sure to check out the Student Financial Services and Cashiering New Student Checklist.
The video below, How to Find a Scholarship, provides more information about seeking available scholarships.
Step 6: Find Housing and/or Plan for Your Commute
The University of Maryland offers support to students who are interested in finding housing options both on-campus and off. In this section, we will help guide you through your options for housing and/or, if you are planning to commute to campus, information about transportation.
Where do I find housing?
- Off-Campus Housing Services can assist you in finding off-campus housing. Resources include a housing database, roommate finder, and housing fairs.
- If you are interested in living on-campus, apply through the Department of Resident Life. On-campus housing is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Department of Resident Life also provides tailored information about housing availability for Veterans of Military Service.
What’s the best way to get to campus?
The Department of Transportation Services provides information related to purchasing a parking pass, sustainable commuting options, shuttle bus lines, and campus maps.