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How to Enroll in Freshmen Connection

Overview | Open Houses & Appointments | Housing | Financial Aid | Program Staff

Overview of How to Enroll

To participate in Freshmen Connection, you need to submit an Enrollment Form. On the form, you’ll select the courses that you’d like to take in the fall semester. You are encouraged to contact FC program staff to assist you.

Enrollment Form Submission

  • Forms accepted: Beginning March 1 (processing begins @ April 3)
  • Best Consideration: May 1
  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis; certain courses, particularly math and science, fill and close much earlier.
  • Students requiring an F or J Visa: May 1

Steps to Enroll

The form is processed when all the steps below have been completed. Confirmation is sent via e-mail approximately 10-15 days after the form has been processed. Your schedule is frozen until August 9. You’ll be given instructions on how to make changes at orientation.

  1. Confirm Spring Admission: Click here
  2. Create your Directory ID and Password: Click here (Select Activate Your New University Directory Account)
  3. Complete the online: FC Enrollment Form
    • NOTE: Please do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge to submit the application or payment of the application fee. Students using these browsers have received error messages after submission leading to the incorrect assumption that neither application nor payment was successful. Students receive an email confirmation following successful submission for both the application and payment of the application fee. If you did not receive both emails OR if you simply want verification, e-mail fc@umd.edu.
  4. Submit the Enrollment Fee and Program Deposit: $225
  5. Take the Math Placement Examination (MPE): Click here

Open Houses and Appointments

UMD Admitted Student Open Houses

  • Open House Sign-up: Click here
  • Dates: March 3, March 10, March 31, and April 7
  • FC holds a General Information Session and an Enrollment Session.

FC Advisor Appointment

  • Schedule an appointment via phone, e-mail, or in-person.
  • Call 301.405.7762 or e-mail fc@umd.edu
  • Provide several appointment options, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Provide your full name and phone number or e-mail.

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing for the fall semester is guaranteed for those spring-admitted students who confirm spring admission and enroll in Freshmen Connection. Students must submit the Department of Resident Life Housing Agreement by May 1. Visit the Department of Resident Life’s Website 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. Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid Website to learn how to apply, the types of available aid (federal and state), the awarding process, contact information, and more.

Program Staff

Anne Baum, Program Manager and Advisor. 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.

Cameron Agerston, Advisor.

Cameron loves working with incoming students and helping students prepare for a successful career at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he worked with Housing & Residence Life and Freshmen Orientation. He earned his B.A. in English and obtained his teaching license at Greensboro and taught high school in North Carolina for 3 years. He is now working towards his Masters in School Counseling at UMD.

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