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Provisional Admission

Qualified HESPIE applicants receive Provisional Admission as non-degree seeking undergraduates and are coded with specific HESPIE major code information. With provisional admission, a registration block is placed on the student account. To receive full admission and to remove the block, students must fulfill the requirements listed below. Once you’ve successfully completed steps 1 and 2, the registration block will be removed and you’ll receive an email with instructions how to register. You’ll have until the first day of classes to complete step 3.

#1: Set-up Your UMD Accounts

Activate the Directory ID

The Directory ID is a username (with passcode) that grants access to UMD resources. Newly admitted students must Activate Account (Directory ID). You’ll need the Last Five Digits of Your SSN. If you didn’t use your SSN to apply, you’ll need the computer-generated, UMD-assigned Student Identification Number [SID]. Contact

Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

To access online UMD resources such as Testudo (UMD’s online Schedule of Classes), registration services, library services, ELMS, and more, you must enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). On that website, you’ll learn how to enroll, obtain assistance, and review FAQs.

#2: Mandatory Academic Advising Requirement

Provisionally-admitted HESPIE students complete mandatory academic advising. To schedule an advising appointment, contact Stephanie Grissom, HESPIE Program Director, via email

#3: Health Requirement (complete by first day of classes)

Submit Medical History and Immunization Record Form

  • All newly admitted students must submit the Medical History and Immunization Record Form. Failure to submit the completed form before the first day of your first semester at UMD results in a registration block on your student record, preventing you from registering for the upcoming semester. Only the University Health Center can remove this block. Questions regarding UMD’s immunization policy or the form may be directed to the University Health Center at 301-314-8182.

Opt out of Student Health Insurance Plan

  • Post-baccalaureate students have the option, but are not required, to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. Registered students, however, may receive an email stating that the health insurance plan is required and that, unless a student opts out, the student will be automatically enrolled and billed. It is your responsibility to take action. Students who receive this email and/or are incorrectly billed, MUST contact the University Health Center at or 301-314-8180. A student who receives such an email may opt out online at The University may not be held liable for any charges incurred for health insurance coverage.

Other Considerations

Set-up TERPmail and Email of Record

Email is UMD’s official means of communication. Faculty and staff use the email on your student record (Email of Record) for all correspondences. Once the Directory ID is activated, all students should activate their TERPmail account.

If you opted not to set-up TERPMail, the email of record is the one you used in the application process. 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. To change your email of record, visit: Testudo and click on Change Address/Email.

Obtain Your Student ID Card

To obtain a photo Student ID card, visit Customer Services, First Floor Mitchell Building, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bring a government-issued photo id for identification purposes. Visit the Registrar's website to learn more about student ID card policies. For location assistance, see Campus Map.

Learn Your UID

9-digit University Identification Number that is printed on the Student ID Card or can be found by viewing your University Directory Entry. 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. 

To access your University Directory Entry, you’ll need the Last Five Digits of Your SSN.  If you didn’t use your SSN to apply, you’ll need the computer-generated, UMD-assigned Student Identification Number [SID]. Contact

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