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How to Enroll

Event Deadlines/Date
Freshmen Connection (FC) Enrollment Opens March 15
Guaranteed Campus Housing: Submit Request May 1
International Students (F or J Visa): Submit FC Enrollment Form May 1
Domestic Students: FC Enrollment is first-come, first-served First-come, first-served
Need help? Schedule an advising appointment via email 

Respond to your offer of admission following the instructions under step 2 of the Admitted Spring Freshman Checklist.

Activate Directory ID and Password (Select Activate Account)

  • The Directory ID and password grants access to UMD systems and resources, specifically the FC Enrollment Form, uploading Covid-19 Vaccination Status, the Math Placement Test, Housing, Dining, Financial Aid, and more.
  • It may take up to two business days (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm) for your Directory ID to become effective.

Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication

  • In addition to the Directory ID and password, students use Multi-Factor Authentication to access UMD systems and resources.

Set TERPmail Password

  • A TERPmail account is automatically created for undergraduates who activate their Directory ID. Students receive instructions on setting up a TERPmail password via the email used on their application.
  • TERPmail is UMD's official means of communication and is required for access to UMD Wireless Networks and UMD's electronic learning management system (ELMS). 
  • Need help? Contact

Other Important Information

  • University Identification Number (UID): 9-digit number that appears on the admission letter. Always include this number when communicating with faculty or staff, since this is the best and quickest way to find the student record in any UMD system.
  • Student ID Card: Physical ID card for UMD students who confirm admission and register for classes. The card is issued during summer orientation and used to access library services, campus shuttle buses, the Campus Recreation Center, athletic events, and more.

Complete this step only if planning to live on campus.

Students must submit an FC enrollment form which includes selecting courses for the fall semester. There are two parts to this process. Advisors are available to help at the Admitted Student Open House or by contacting

Part A: Design the Course Schedule

See Course Schedule Design.

  • This website page provides tools to select courses and design the fall semester schedule based on the intended major.

Part B: Submit the Completed Enrollment Form

Access Office of Extended Studies Forms Portal.

  • Select Log In with UMD Directory ID
    • See Step 2, above, if you have not Set Up UMD Accounts.
  • Select My Forms.
  • Select Start New Form.
  • Select Freshmen Connection Enrollment Form.


  • The FC Enrollment Form is where students input their requested class schedule. See Part A: Design the Course Schedule, above.
  • Students can save their enrollment form and continue to make changes at any time prior to submission.
  • Once the form has been submitted, changes cannot be made. To request an edit, email
  • An academic advisor reviews the submitted form to ensure that the selected courses support the intended major. The FC advising team will reach out should there be any questions or concerns.

Note: Students must wait 48 business hours (Monday - Friday) after submitting the FC Enrollment Form to complete this step.

Upload Vaccination Information or Request an Exemption

  • See Keep Terps Safe.
  • Select Confirm Vaccination Status.
  • Log in in with your University Directory ID and password and submit the vaccination information including required booster data.
  • Sign the I AM 4MARYLAND pledge.
  • Any actions will be reflected in university systems after 7:30 a.m. the following morning.

Who Must Comply

  • All University of Maryland students are required to comply. For overall requirements and procedures, see COVID-19 Information for UMD.
  • Students will not be enrolled in the selected courses until this requirement has been fulfilled.



Who Must Take the Online MPT

  • All incoming UMD freshmen are required to complete the Math Placement Test (MPT).
  • The MPT provides a measure of a student’s math skills. The results are used to ensure that students are eligible to enroll in the math requirement associated with their intended major. Results are distributed and reviewed at orientation.
  • Students will not be enrolled in the selected courses until the MPT results have posted to the academic record.

Can I Retake the Online MPT?

  • Students may retake the MPT one time prior to the start of the fall semester and 30 days after first taking it.
  • After 30 days, contact to request a retake. Provide your full name and UID. After completing the retake, email so that we may look up your score.

Preparation Resources

Testing Accommodations

  • Students who receive testing accommodations must contact UMD’s Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) and make arrangements to take the paper test. The online MPT is not available to students who receive accommodations for testing.
  • Once you have contacted ADS, submit your FC Enrollment Form. In the note field, indicate the date that you will be taking the MPT with ADS.
  • Any math or math-dependent courses will not be finalized until you have taken the MPT. You will not be penalized for any delay with regard to your testing accommodation.

Register for Orientation.

  • Students cannot register for orientation until 48 business hours after confirming their spring admission and submitting the FC Enrollment Form. Orientation dates are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All incoming UMD freshmen are required to complete a new student orientation.
  • Advisors discuss important academic rules and regulations that students need to know when the fall semester begins. Math Placement Test (MPT) results will be reviewed. Students review guidelines on how to change their fall schedule.
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