Your Freshman Year

Starts This Fall

How to Enroll in Freshmen Connection

Important Dates

March 1

Begin Accepting Enrollment Forms

  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
May 1

Deadline for Best Consideration

  • Certain courses—math and science—fill and close earlier.
Deadline for Students Requiring an F or J Visa

Enrollment Guidelines

To participate in Freshmen Connection (FC), you must complete ALL of the steps below. For assistance, schedule an appointment with an FC Advisor at 301-405-7762 or

Step 1: Confirm Offer of Spring AdmissionStep 2: Activate UMD Directory IDImportant Option: Request Campus HousingStep 3: Design Your Fall Course RequestStep 4: Submit FC Enrollment Form and Select Your Orientation SessionStep 5: Complete Math Placement Test (MPT)

Step 1: Confirm Offer of Spring Admission

Application Portal: Confirm Offer of Spring Admission

Confirm the offer of spring admission by completing the Decision Response located on your MyCoalition Checklist. For complete information, see Admitted Spring Freshman Checklist.

Step 2: Directory ID, Email, & UID

Activate Account (Directory ID) (Select “Activate Account”)

Your Directory ID grants access to most online services and systems at UMD. As a newly admitted and confirmed student, you must activate your Directory ID. Your Directory ID is required to access the FC Enrollment Form, take the Math Placement Test, sign-up for Housing and Dining, access information regarding Financial Aid, and most other services.

Email is UMD’s official means of communication. FC advisors will utilize the email posted on your student record. You are responsible for checking your email and responding in a timely fashion. Check your spam folders. The email that is posted to your student record is the email associated with your application to UMD. Once you activate your Directory ID, you should activate your TERPmail account.

Your UID is your 9-digit UMD Identification Number. It appears on your admission letter and will be on your UMD Student Photo ID card. You should always include your UID when communicating with faculty or staff.

Important Option: Request Campus Housing

This is an optional step. UMD does not require students to live on-campus. Students who live on campus are required to purchase a dining plan. Spring-admitted students who enroll in Freshmen Connection are guaranteed campus housing for the fall and spring semesters if they submit the housing agreement by May 1.

See Department of Resident Life

  • Contains information on how to submit the housing agreement, select a dining plan, roommate assignments, roommate requests, associated deadlines, contact information, and more.
  • Deadline to sign-up for guaranteed campus housing is May 1

Step 3: Design Your Fall Course Request

See Courses & Guidelines

Review the courses you’d like to take in the fall semester based on your intended major and other university requirements. Guidelines, including schedule planning forms, may be found at Courses & Guidelines. You’ll enter your course selection into the FC Enrollment Form. If you need assistance, please schedule an appointment with an FC Advisor at 301-405-7762 or

Step 4: Submit Your FC Enrollment Form and Choose an FC Orientation Session

Access the Online FC Enrollment Form

On the online Freshmen Connection Enrollment form, you’ll include your fall course request and select an orientation. Submission of the FC Enrollment Form requires payment of the $225 Enrollment & Program Deposit Fee. The fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or withdrawal from Freshmen Connection. $150 is credited towards the student’s FC tuition (fall semester).

All incoming UMD freshmen attend a summer orientation session. For Freshmen Connection, the mandatory orientation session runs one day, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The FC Orientation Session provides an overview of the upcoming fall semester. You’ll receive a copy of your Math Placement Test (MPT) results. FC advisors discuss important academic rules and regulations that you’ll need to know when the fall semester begins. You’ll review guidelines on how to change your fall schedule. In addition, you have an opportunity to get your UMD photo ID. Parents are welcome to attend!

On the FC Enrollment Form, select the date that best suits your schedule. Placement into an orientation session is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your FC Enrollment Form has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will include your orientation date.

Session Dates:

Thursday, June 28
Tuesday, July 3
Thursday, July 12
Thursday, July 26 (Students participating in the TENTS Multi-Sports Adventure program should choose this date.)
Online Orientation Option: For students who are unable to attend an on-campus session.

If you’d like to take a tour of campus following orientation, you must register for a Twilight Tour in advance.

After submitting the FC Enrollment Form, you will receive two emails: one email confirms submission for enrollment form; another email confirms submission of payment. These emails are NOT an acknowledgement that you have been enrolled in your course selections. If you did not receive both emails, email

After we’ve received the FC Enrollment Form, you must complete the Math Placement Test (MPT). Your FC Enrollment Form enrollment form will not be reviewed until the results of the MPT have posted to your student record. Course seats are not held. Course registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain courses, particularly math and science fill and close early. Do not delay in taking the MPT.

After the MPT results post, FC Advisors review your course selections based on major and Gen Ed requirements (if there are any issues, an advisor will contact you via email), ensure you’ve selected a UNIV100 section, look to see that you’ve registered for at least twelve credits, confirm that you’ve selected an orientation session, ensure that the enrollment-deposit fee payment has successfully posted, and, finally, process the form.

You’ll receive a final email confirming that your FC Enrollment Form has been processed. This email contains information on orientation and instructions on how to access and view your fall course schedule.

Step 5: Complete the Math Placement Test

Take the Online Math Placement Test

All incoming UMD freshmen are required to take 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. The FC Enrollment Form will not be processed until MPT results post to the student record. Results are distributed and reviewed at orientation.

About the Online MPT

  • See Math Placement Test for information including resources and a sample exam.
  • 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.

ADS Accommodations

  • Students who receive testing accommodations must contact UMD’s Accessibility and Disability Support Services (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.
  • Your enrollment will not be finalized until you have taken the MPT but you will not be penalized for any delay with regard to your testing accommodation.

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