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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the check-in & welcome session? Please click here.

Is attendance mandatory for all the program activities? All students are required to attend their course and the afternoon workshops. Commuter students are dismissed after the afternoon workshop. Residential students are required to participate in all afternoon, evening and weekend activities.

Is attendance mandatory for the evening and weekend events? Residential students are required to attend all scheduled program-related activities. Commuter students are to be picked up daily prior to the start of the evening activities. Upon the completion of the program, we ask students to complete a survey. Over the past several years, these surveys demonstrate that those students who fully participated in the scheduled events were the ones with the highest satisfaction rating.

What happens if I become ill? Please click here.

What University rules and regulations apply during this program? Please click here.

How do I change my course choice before the program begins? Please click here.

How do I purchase my textbooks? Please click here.

How do I activate my directory ID and password? Please click here.

Should I bring a laptop computer? Please click here.

What is the Somerset Service Desk? The Service Desk for all residential participants is in the Lobby of Somerset Hall. It is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week, during the program to perform a variety of functions. The main purpose is to ensure your comfort but it is also a 24-hour emergency contact center and information hub. This is the place to: pick up any messages and mail, report maintenance/other problems with your room, report lost keys or get a spare key if you are locked out.

What about mail? Address all mail as follows: Student Name, Attn: Summer Guest, Terp Discovery Somerset Hall Service Desk, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742. Students must go to the Service Desk to check the message board or ask a staff member at the desk about mail.

How are roommate assignments made? Please click here.

In addition to sheets and towels, what items should I bring? Please click here.

What items may I not bring? Please click here.

Will my room be cleaned daily? Rooms are cleaned before students' arrival and after their departure only. You can request basic cleaning supplies, or report any cleanliness issues upon move in at the Service Desk or your mentors. Before checking out, you are expected to remove all trash to the outside receptacles.

Can I do laundry? Please click here.

What if I have a problem with a roommate or suitemate? Contact your mentor, who will help. If you do not bring any issues to the attention of our staff, we cannot help make your stay an enjoyable experience.

May I be away from the dormitory overnight? Please click here.

Are there accommodations for students with disabilities? Please click here.

How much spending money should I bring? The course package fee covers most course expenses as well as most meals. About $20 per week should cover incidental expenses (e.g., gifts, snacks, one Saturday lunch, toiletries). Books and other supplies are not included in the package price unless specified.

Is there a curfew for residential students? Please click here.

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