Your Freshman Year

Starts This Fall

Enrolled Students: Next Steps

We’re happy that you’ve chosen to attend the University of Maryland this fall!

Below are steps you'll need to complete or review prior to the first day of classes. Failure to comply by the associated deadline may result in a registration block on your student record or unwanted charges posting to your student account.

Step 1: Prepare for OrientationStep 2: Comply with UMD Health RequirementsStep 3: Complete Alcohol EDU and Sexual Misconduct TrainingStep 4: Review UMD PoliciesStep 5: Get Involved!Spacer image

Step 1: Prepare for the FC Orientation Session

Your scheduled orientation session is listed within the FC confirmation email. At this mandatory session you'll receive the results of your MPT, hear presentations by Public Safety, Resident Life, and Dining Services, and have the opportunity to meet with campus offices and organizations (Health Center, Club and Intramural Sports, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics, University Bookstore, Resident Life, Dining Services, Financial Aid, Student Financial Services, and more!).

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

Step 2: Comply with UMD Health Requirements

Medical History and Immunization Record

UMD requires that all incoming freshmen submit the Medical History and Immunization Record Form to the University Health Center.

  • Submission Deadline: August 24.
  • Failure to submit the form by this date results in a registration block on your student record, preventing you from registering for the spring semester.
  • Questions regarding UMD’s immunization policy or the form should be directed to the University Heath Center at 301-314-8182.

Mandatory UMD Health Insurance

UMD requires that all incoming freshmen registered for 6 or more credits have health insurance. Students who do not submit an approved waiver form (see below) before the deadline will be automatically charged and enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Once enrolled there are no refunds or cancellations.

  • Incoming domestic freshmen may waive coverage contingent upon proof of comparable coverage.
    • To Waive Coverage:
    • Submission Deadline: August 24.
    • Failure to submit the waiver by this date results in the student being automatically enrolled and billed for the University-sponsored plan. Once enrolled, there is no cancellation, credit, or refund.
  • Incoming international freshmen are automatically enrolled and cannot waive out of coverage.
  • For information on this health insurance plan, including premiums and coverage periods, see Questions? Email or call 301-314-8165.

Step 3: Complete Alcohol EDU & Sexual Misconduct Training

UMD takes alcohol and drug abuse very seriously. All incoming freshmen must complete AlcoholEdu, an on-line course administered by Student Affairs. AlcoholEdu will be available around the end of July. You’ll receive an email directly from Student Affairs. This email will be sent to the email associated with your student record. Failure to complete this online course results in a registration block on the student record, preventing you from registering for the spring semester.

The University of Maryland has implemented a required online training for students about sexual misconduct. New students entering in the Fall 2018 semester will receive their assignment emails 3 to 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester (so, in late July or early August).

Step 4: Review University Policies

Students who enroll in Freshmen Connection are subject to all University Policies and Guidelines found at and should review these policies and understand your obligations as a University of Maryland student.

The Office of Student Conduct has useful information on Plagiarism, Code of Academic Integrity, Sexual Misconduct Policy, Responsible Action Policy, Code of Student Conduct, and Residence Hall Rules and Policies.

Step 5: Get Involved this Fall!

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Explore UMD’s campus organizations and events for the many opportunities available to enrich your life during your time at Maryland! Start the fall semester with a plan to get involved!

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