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Program Overview


Important Dates Need help? Schedule an advising appointment via email: fc@umd.edu
March 1 Online Enrollment Form Opens.
May 1 Deadline for students requiring an F or J Visa to submit FC Enrollment Form.
May 1 Deadline to request campus housing.

Congratulations spring-admitted Terp! Get started THIS fall with Freshmen Connection!

Begin freshman year in the fall semester with Freshmen Connection and get on track to graduate with the class of 2026! Enroll in UMD courses, fulfill undergraduate requirements, and enjoy the advantages of campus life at Maryland. Take classes with other spring-admitted undergraduates, form study groups, and develop social networks that will last throughout their time at Maryland.

With Freshmen Connection, spring-admitted undergraduates get the best possible start towards an amazing education at UMD. Freshmen Connection offers smaller class sizes, excellent advising support, and carefully selected UMD courses that fulfill an array of university requirements.

By starting in the fall semester, Freshmen Connection undergraduates enjoy the perks that UMD offers with access to campus housing, dining halls, sports and recreation facilities, the libraries, community service volunteer options, student clubs and organizations, tutoring, counseling, and career services. Plus, students in Freshmen Connection join other UMD undergraduates at performing and visual arts, campus, and sports events that only occur in the fall semester.

Freshmen Connection offers a superb selection of UMD courses which fulfill major and General Education requirements. Credits and grades post to the Maryland transcript and are included in the Maryland GPA. Courses are taught by University faculty in campus classrooms 3 – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday. Freshmen Connection follows the University’s fall academic calendar and adheres to all University policies. See Freshmen Connection FAQs for the few differences between Freshmen Connection and the fall semester. 

Anne Baum, Associate Director. Anne enjoys working with the many academic programs at the University of Maryland, finding new courses and opportunities for first-year students. Her professional background includes work with international professionals and community development initiatives in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. Anne earned her B.A. in Communication at Truman State University in her home state of Missouri. Her M.A. in Community Planning was completed at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jamie Stednitz, Manager. Jamie focuses on programs that serve pre-college students, first-year freshmen, and transfer students at the University of Maryland. Her professional background includes working as a career counselor, academic advisor, and service learning coordinator. Her experiences have allowed her to gain an appreciation for students’ growth both in and outside of the classroom. Jamie earned her B.A. in Psychology at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Her M.A. in College Student Development and Administration was completed at Shepherd University in West Virginia.

Tori Darby, Program Coordinator. Tori enjoys working with first-year students. Her previous work includes working as a College Advisor and then Admissions Counselor in Charlotte, NC. She is passionate about student development throughout all stages of the pipeline. She is now working towards her Masters in School Counseling at UMD. Tori earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her M.Ed. in School Counseling was completed at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jacquelyn Smith, Program Assistant. Jacquelyn is excited to learn about all of the undergraduate opportunities here at the University of Maryland. She has worked for a number of community organizations and nonprofits, including most recently one that served senior citizens in the District. Jacquelyn earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from American University in Washington, D.C. She is currently pursuing both an M.A. in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master's of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Letters and Sciences Advising. The advising home for the fall semester for all Freshmen Connection students is Letters and Sciences (LTSC). LTSC’s advisors have expert knowledge of all majors’ curricula and admission requirements. Regardless of the admitted major, LTSC provides guidance and academic advising to spring-admitted students who enroll in Freshmen Connection and throughout the fall semester.

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What is Freshmen Connection?
Freshmen Connection is a fall semester academic program open to students who confirm spring admission to the University of Maryland. Students may take up to 17 credits of UMD courses and get on track to graduate in four years. Courses are taught by University of Maryland faculty. Courses and grades earned are recorded on the student's Maryland transcript and count toward the University of Maryland undergraduate degree.

What are the main differences between Freshmen Connection and the regular fall semester?
Freshmen Connection offers a selection of UMD courses that help fulfill undergraduate major and University general education requirements. Courses meet in campus classrooms, 3-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Fridays. In addition, all FC students must register for UNIV100. In the regular fall semester most, but not all, majors require students to register for UNIV100 or an equivalent course. FC course offerings are only open to spring-admitted freshmen who enroll in Freshmen Connection; the regular fall semester course offerings are only open to current and fall-admitted students.

Whereas FC students can join most campus activities and organizations – the Marching Band, choirs, ROTC, club sports, etc. – FC students may not participate on UMD NCAA fall athletic teams. Finally, UMD (like most higher education institutions) has a tiered system for spring registration. Here is the registration order for UMD students:

  1. Current UMD Seniors register first
  2. Current UMD Juniors register second
  3. Current UMD Sophomores register third
  4. Current UMD Fall Admitted Freshmen register fourth
  5. Freshmen Connection Students / Upper Level Transfer Students (these transfer students are juniors and will be taking upper level junior/senior courses) register fifth
  6. Transfer students (lower level and upper level) and other Spring Admitted Students who did not participate in Freshmen Connection register sixth.

What are the benefits of Freshmen Connection?
Freshmen Connection provides spring-admitted freshmen the opportunity to take up to 17 credits that begin to fulfill University of Maryland undergraduate requirements. You'll get on track to graduate in four years. Academic advisors provide guidance throughout the enrollment process and the fall semester. Your UNIV100 course helps develop skills and strategies that will enhance your Maryland academic experience. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in fall campus activities and events and meet other freshmen. Finally, there is no need to provide official transcripts or consider credit transfers from another college or university. All courses are University of Maryland courses and appear on your official University of Maryland transcript.

What is the Office of Extended Studies?
The Office of Extended Studies is a self-support administrative unit at the University of Maryland. In addition to Freshmen Connection, OES administers Summer Term and Winter Term.

What is Letters and Sciences (LTSC)?
The advising home for the fall semester for all Freshmen Connection students is Letters and Sciences (LTSC). LTSC’s advisors have expert knowledge of all majors’ curricula and admission requirements. Regardless of the admitted major, LTSC provides guidance and academic advising to spring-admitted students who enroll in Freshmen Connection and throughout the fall semester.

Why was I not accepted to the University of Maryland for the fall semester? 
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can assist you with specific questions you may have about your admission status.

Do grades count? 
Yes. Grades earned in Freshmen Connection courses post to your UMD transcript and are included in your Maryland GPA.

When do classes meet for Freshmen Connection? 
Classes meet between the hours of 3-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Fridays. Specific course times may be viewed on the Schedule of Classes.

What happens if I choose not to participate in Freshmen Connection? 
Freshmen Connection is an optional academic program that does not affect your spring admission. If you choose to attend another university in the fall, you'll need to consider how credits will transfer to UMD. For assistance, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

To participate in Freshmen Connection, do I need to submit an enrollment form?
Yes. See How to Enroll (Design Course Schedule & Submit FC Enrollment Form).

Do I need to confirm the offer of spring admission to the University of Maryland before enrolling in Freshmen Connection? 
Yes. See How to Enroll (Confirm Spring Admission).

How do I select courses? 
Freshmen Connection uses an online enrollment form. Course enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. You select courses based on your intended major and General Education requirements. See Course Schedule Design.

How many courses should I take in Freshmen Connection? 
You are encouraged to take a full academic load. Full-time status for Maryland undergraduate students is based on registration for 12 or more credits per semester. Freshmen Connection students usually take ENGL101, one Math course, two or three General Education courses and/or major requirements, and must take UNIV100 (about 12-17 credits total). 

How does tuition work? 
Tuition is based on residency and the number of credits in which you enroll. Students who enroll in 12 or more credits are charged a flat full-time rate. Students who enroll in fewer than 12 credits are charged on a per-credit basis.

Is on-campus housing available? 
On-campus housing is guaranteed for students who enroll in Freshmen Connection and submit the Housing Agreement by May 1. See Department of Resident Life—Housing Freshmen Connection Housing.

Can I participate in a campus dining plan? 
If you are living on campus, you must purchase a dining plan. If you are commuting from home or living in off-campus housing, you may purchase a dining plan. See Department of Dining Services.

Can I use my financial aid for Freshmen Connection? 
Yes. If you are eligible for state and/or federal financial aid, you may apply it to Freshmen Connection. See Office of Student Financial Aid.

Can I use tuition remission for Freshmen Connection? 
Yes. If you are eligible for tuition remission, you may apply it to Freshmen Connection. Contact your human resource officer for assistance. See Tuition Remission for more information.

How do I obtain campus parking? 
Freshman resident students are not eligible to register for parking, but may apply for an exception under certain circumstances. See the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS).

What is the Fall Welcome? 
Fall Welcome is scheduled for several days before classes begin. You'll be able to locate your classrooms, buy any required texts, and relax and meet all the other new UMD Freshmen.

What campus organizations and activities can I join? 
See the Division of Student Affairs for the many opportunities available to enrich your life during your time at Maryland.

What University rules and regulations apply during this program? 
Students who enroll in Freshmen Connection are subject to all University Policies and Guidelines found at on the Registrar and UMD President website.

I’m enrolled. How do I view my current course schedule? 
See Enrolled? Next Steps (View Your Fall Schedule).

I’m enrolled. How do I change my course choices before the program begins? 
See Enrolled? Next Steps (Add / Drop).

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