Your Freshman Year

Starts This Fall

Important Dates

Quick Links: Math Placement Exam

March 2 Online Enrollment Form Opens.
May 1 Deadline for students requiring an F or J Visa to submit FC Enrollment Form.
Deadline to request campus housing.

Step 1: Confirm Spring Admission

Follow the directions and confirm the offer of spring admission located on the Admitted Spring Freshman Checklist.

Step 2: Setup UMD Accounts

Activate Directory ID (Select “Activate Account”)

  • This username grants access to UMD online services and systems, specifically the FC Enrollment Form, the Math Placement Test, Housing, Dining, Financial Aid, and more. 

Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication

  • Required to access online university resources such as Testudo (UMD’s online Schedule of Classes), library services, ELMS, and more.

Activate TERPmail 

  • Email is UMD’s official means of communication. Faculty and staff use the email on your student record for all correspondences. Students are responsible for checking their email and responding in a timely fashion. UMD assumes no responsibility for the delivery of these electronic messages. Check your spam folder. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain current contact information.
  • The email submitted on the application and posted on the student record is known as the Email of Record.  Once you have activated the Directory ID and MFA, you can set-up a University email account—TERPmail.

Other Important Considerations

  • University Identification Number (UID): 9-digit number that appears on your admission letter and will be on your UMD Student Photo ID card. Always include this number when communicating with faculty or staff, since this is the best and quickest way to find your record in any UMD system.
  • Student ID Card: Physical ID for UMD students who confirm admission and register for classes. It is issued during the summer orientation. Use to access library services, campus shuttle buses, the Campus Recreation Center, athletic and other events, and more.

Step 3: Design Course Schedule & Submit FC Enrollment Form

See Courses & Guidelines

  • Select courses, design your fall semester schedule based on your intended major, and submit the FC Enrollment Form.

Access the Online FC Enrollment Form

After submitting the FC Enrollment Form, you will receive two emails: one email confirms submission of the 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 messages, email fc@umd.edu.

Step 4: Complete Math Placement Test (MPT)

Complete the Online Math Placement Test

  • Note, if an image isn’t loading, right click on the image and this should resolve the issue. If you’re still experiencing problems, contact place@math.umd.edu with your name and UID.

All incoming UMD freshmen are required to complete the Math Placement Test. The FC Enrollment Form will not be processed until MPT results post to the student record. 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. 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 place@math.umd.edu to request a retake.  Provide your full name and UID. After completing the retake, email fc@umd.edu so that we may look up your score.

ADS Accommodations

  • Students who receive testing accommodations must contact UMD’s Accessibility and Disability Service (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.

Step 5: Register for Orientation

All incoming UMD freshmen are required to complete a summer orientation. This provides an overview of the upcoming fall semester. You cannot register for orientation until 48 business hours after confirming your spring admission and submitting the FC Enrollment Form. Orientation dates are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register for Orientation

  • Advisors discuss important academic rules and regulations that you’ll need to know when the fall semester begins. Math Placement Test (MPT) results will be reviewed. You’ll review guidelines on how to change your fall schedule and have an opportunity to add/drop/waitlist courses (pending seat availability).

Step 6: Request Housing (Optional)

Campus Housing, Department of Resident Life: Deadline to request housing is May 1. UMD does not require students to live on-campus.

Off-Campus Housing Services: For students interested in living in a local apartment.

Step 7: Select a Dining Plan (Optional)

See Dining at Maryland for information on campus meal plans for residential and commuter students. Students living on campus are required to select a meal plan.

Financial Aid

Enrolled Freshmen Connection students are eligible to receive federal and state funding to help cover their costs of education. See Office of Student Financial Aid to learn how to apply, the types of available aid, the award process, and more.

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