Your Freshman Year

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Online Orientation

Available: June 17, 2019
Completion Deadline: July 19, 2019

Overview | Things to Consider | Online Orientation FAQs


The online orientation is an option for those enrolled Freshmen Connection students unable to attend an on-campus orientation. In the online orientation, students gather the same information that is received at the on-campus orientation.

  • The online orientation requires that you have access to a computer with high-speed internet.
  • The online orientation is through ELMS/Canvas, UMD’s secure system that requires you to login with your Directory ID and password.
  • The online orientation consists of several modules that provide information from campus departments and your fall academic advisors. You will be required to demonstrate understanding of the material pertinent by completing short quizzes at the end of each module.
  • The online orientation modules may be completed at times convenient for you, but must be completed in full no later than July 19.
  • Students who complete the online orientation will be able to make adjustments to their fall schedules (via Testudo) no later than Tuesday, July 30. Students who register for the online orientation but fail to complete it by July 19 will not be able to adjust their schedules until the first day of classes.

To prepare for your session, print and review the following:

Things to Consider

Online Orientation FAQs

What happens when I complete the online orientation?

  • You’ll receive a confirmation email showing proof of completion upon successful completion of the online orientation.

What happens if I don’t complete online orientation by July 19?

  • You will not be able to make adjustments to your schedule (add/drop/waitlist) until the first day of classes. In addition, students are responsible for all information covered through orientation (including academic policies, procedures and deadlines).

What if I do the online orientation and want to learn more?

  • If space remains in a 2-day or 1-day orientation, you will be able to register for an on-campus orientation. Please see for more information.

How do I meet with an advisor?

  • To schedule an appointment, email Include your name, UID number, and dates/times you are available.

Is there a charge for participating in the online orientation? 

  • No; the online orientation is free for students. 

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