Your Freshman Year

Starts THIS Fall

Freshmen Connection
August 26 – December 17, 2019

Enrollment Form Available Online: March 1
Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis
Deadline for Students Requiring an F or J Visa: May 1

Overview | Open Houses & Appointments | Housing | Financial Aid | Questions on Majors | Program Staff | FAQs


Congratulations spring-admitted Terp! Start freshman year THIS fall with Freshmen Connection.

Begin your freshman year in the fall semester with Freshmen Connection and get on track to graduate with the class of 2023! Enroll in UMD courses, fulfill undergraduate requirements, and enjoy the advantages of campus life at Maryland. Take classes with other spring-admitted students, form study groups, and develop social networks that will last throughout your time at Maryland.

With Freshmen Connection, you’ll 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. You’ll enjoy the perks that UMD offers with access to campus housing, dining halls, sports and recreation facilities, the libraries, community service volunteer options, performing and visual arts events, student clubs and organizations, tutoring, counseling, career services, and campus and sports events that only occur in the fall semester. Get started THIS fall with Freshmen Connection!

Freshmen Connection, a fall semester extension program, offers a superb selection of UMD courses which fulfill major and General Education requirements. Credits and grades post to your Maryland transcript and are included in your 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.

Open Houses and Appointments

Attend an UMD Admitted Student Open House

Make an Advising Appointment

  • Schedule an appointment via phone, email, or in-person.
  • Call 301.405.7762 or email
    • Provide several appointment options, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Provide your full name, phone number, and email.

Campus Housing

Spring-admitted students who confirm spring admission and enroll in Freshmen Connection are guaranteed campus housing for the fall semester if they submit the housing agreement by May 1. See Department of Resident Life for information on how to submit the housing agreement, roommate assignments, roommate requests, associated deadlines, contact information, and more.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Spring-admitted students who confirm spring admission and enroll in Freshmen Connection are eligible to receive federal and state funding to help cover their costs of education. See Office of Student Financial Aid to learn how to apply, the types of available aid (federal and state), the award process, and more.

Questions on Majors

Your spring-admission offer letter contains information including your official major designation, residency status, and 9-digit University ID (UID) number. You are encouraged to review your offer letter.

In Freshmen Connection, students select courses based on their intended major. Many students are admitted into their intended major for the spring semester. Some change their minds about their intended major. Others are not admitted into their intended major; instead their official major shows Undecided, Letters and Sciences.

Students who have changed their minds about their official major: Changing your official major has no bearing on your offer of admission. You’ll be given instructions at orientation on how to change your major. When you select your courses in Freshmen Connection, you’ll select courses based on the major(s) you intend to pursue.

Students whose official major shows Undecided, Letters and Sciences: This means you did not declare a major or you selected a major which UMD has designated a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). Certain majors at UMD are very popular and must limit the number of students who can be accommodated. Before students can apply to majors within the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering, Computer Science or Biology (all specializations), Chemistry and Biochemistry, they must successfully complete a certain number of courses called “gateway courses.” Freshmen Connection offers many of these gateway courses, so you’ll be able to start fulfilling requirements for these LEPs in the fall semester. When you select your courses, you’ll select courses based on the major you intend to pursue.

  • For further information and a listing of LEP majors, see LEP.

Program Staff

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 BA in communication at Truman State University in her home state of Missouri. Her Master of Community Planning was completed at UMD.

Jamie Fry, Program Coordinator and Advisor. Jamie joined Freshmen Connection after previously being the Program Coordinator for Pre-College Programs in the Office of Extended Studies. Her professional background includes working as a career counselor, academic advisor, and service learning coordinator which have allowed her to gain an appreciation for students’ growth in and outside of the classroom. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University in West Virginia.

Tori Darby, Program Coordinator and Advisor. Tori enjoys working with first-year students. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked as a student tour guide giving tours to prospective students and their families. After earning her B.A. in Psychology, she worked as a College Adviser in Charlotte, NC and then spent three years as an Admissions Counselor at UNC Charlotte. She is now working towards her Masters in School Counseling at UMD.

Students enrolled in Freshmen Connection also have access to the academic advisors of Letters and Sciences (LTSC). LTSC’s advisors have expert knowledge of all majors’ curricula and (where applicable) admission requirements. 

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