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What is Freshmen Connection?

Freshmen Connection is a fall semester academic program open to students who confirm spring admission to the University of Maryland. Students may take up to 17 credits of UMD courses and get on track to graduate in four years. Courses are taught by University of Maryland faculty. Courses and grades earned are recorded on the student's Maryland transcript and count toward the University of Maryland undergraduate degree.

What are the main differences between Freshmen Connection and the regular fall semester?

First, Freshmen Connection offers a selection of UMD courses that help fulfill undergraduate major and University general education requirements. FC course offerings are scheduled in campus classrooms during off-peak times, 3-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays. In addition, all FC students must register for UNIV100. In the regular fall semester, most, but not all, majors require students to register for UNIV100 or an equivalent course. FC course offerings are only open to spring-admitted freshmen who enroll in Freshmen Connection; the regular fall semester course offerings are only open to current and fall-admitted students.

Furthermore, whereas FC students can join most campus activities and organizations – the Marching Band, choirs, ROTC, club sports, etc. – FC students may not participate on UMD NCAA fall athletic teams. Finally, UMD (like most higher education institutions) has a tiered system for fall and spring registration. Here is the spring registration order for UMD students:

  1. Current UMD Seniors register first
  2. Current UMD Juniors register second
  3. Current UMD Sophomores register third
  4. Current UMD Fall Admitted Freshmen register fourth
  5. Freshmen Connection Students / Upper Level Transfer Students (these transfer students are juniors and will be taking upper level junior/senior courses) register fifth
  6. Transfer students (lower level and upper level) and other Spring Admitted Students who did not participate in Freshmen Connection register sixth.

What are the benefits of Freshmen Connection?

The program provides spring-admitted freshmen the opportunity to take up to 17 credits that begin to fulfill UMD undergraduate requirements. You'll get on track to graduate in four years. The program provides you with a dedicated academic advisor who provides guidance throughout the enrollment process and the fall semester. Your UNIV100 course helps develop skills and strategies that will enhance your Maryland academic experience. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in fall campus activities and events and meet other freshmen. Finally, there is no need to provide official transcripts or consider credit transfers from another college or university. All courses are UMD courses and appear on your official UMD transcript.

What is the Office of Extended Studies?

The Office of Extended Studies is a self-support administrative unit at the UMD. In addition to Freshmen Connection, OES administers Summer Term and Winter Term. For more information, click here.

Why was I not accepted to the University of Maryland for the fall semester?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can assist you with specific questions you may have about your admission status.

What happens if I choose not to participate in Freshmen Connection?

Freshmen Connection is an optional academic program that does not affect your spring admission. If you choose to attend another university in the fall, you'll need to consider how credits will transfer to the UMD. For assistance, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

Do I need to confirm acceptance of spring admission to the University of Maryland before enrolling in Freshmen Connection?

Yes. For information on how to enroll, click here.

What University rules and regulations apply during this program?

Students who enroll in Freshmen Connection are subject to all University rules and regulations including the Code of Academic Integrity.

How many courses should I take in Freshmen Connection?

You are encouraged to take a full academic load. Full-time status for Maryland undergraduate students is based on registration for 12 or more credits per semester. Freshmen Connection students usually take ENGL101, one Math course, two or three General Education courses and/or major requirements, and must take UNIV100 (about 13-17 credits total). Tuition is charged at a flat rate for up to 17 credits, so you should take at least 13 credits.

How do I select courses?

Freshmen Connection uses an online enrollment form. You'll select your courses as you complete your enrollment form. Course enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. For enrollment guidelines, click here.

How do I view my current course schedule?

For complete information, click here.

How do I change my course choices before the program begins?

For complete information, click here.

Do grades count?

Yes. Grades earned in Freshmen Connection courses post to your UMD transcript and are included in your Maryland GPA.

When do classes meet for Freshmen Connection?

Classes meet 3-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays.

What is Freshmen Connection orientation?

The mandatory orientation session provides an overview of the upcoming fall semester. You’ll have an opportunity to get your UMD photo ID. Students who attend a one-day orientation will have an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus services such as Financial Aid, the Financial Service Center, Dining Services, Residential Life, Campus Recreation, and more.

What is the Fall Welcome?

The Fall Welcome is scheduled for several days before classes begin. You'll be able to locate your classrooms, buy any required texts, and relax and meet all the other new UMD Freshmen. For more information, click here.

Is on-campus housing available?

On-campus housing is guaranteed for all students who enroll in Freshmen Connection and who request housing by May 1. For more information, contact the Department of Resident Life.

Can I participate in a campus dining plan?

Yes. If you are interested in participating in a campus dining plan, visit the Department of Dining Services.

Can I use my financial aid for Freshmen Connection?

Yes. If you are eligible for state and/or federal financial aid, you may apply it to Freshmen Connection. For assistance, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Can I use tuition remission for Freshmen Connection?

Yes. If you are eligible for tuition remission, you may apply it to Freshmen Connection. Contact your human resource officer for assistance. For information about tuition remission, click here.

How do I obtain campus parking?

For assistance with parking and transit, visit the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS).

What campus organizations and activities can I join?

The Division of Student Affairs has a website that links to the many opportunities available to enrich your life during your time at Maryland. You can browse student organizations here.

How do I activate my directory ID/password and UMD e-mail account?

If you have additional questions, call 301-405-7762 or e-mail fc@umd.edu.

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