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Newly Admitted Graduate Students


Newly admitted students must complete or understand all of the following in order to access UMD systems and resources.

To complete this step, return to The Graduate School Application Portal.

  • If you haven’t already, accept of the offer of admission.
  • Once you have accepted, the portal page will display an “Activation Code.”
  • With this code, follow the instructions to activate the Directory ID.
  • Need help? Email gradschool@umd.edu.

TERPmail is UMD’s official means of communication. UMD systems require that students use TERPmail. Students are responsible for checking their TERPmail and responding in a timely fashion. Check your spam folder once you’ve set-up TERPmail as the email of record.

When you applied, the email used on the application became the email of record. After activating TERPmail, you must change your email of record to the TERPmail account.

  • Visit Testudo (Change Address/Email)
  • Log-in with your Directory ID and password
  • Select “Edit”
  • Change posted email to your TERPmail account
  • Select “Update”

Before you can complete the process to UMD’s wireless networks, you must activate and change your email of record to your TERPmail account.

  • On-Campus Master’s Students: Orientation instructions coming soon
  • Online or Off-Site Master’s Students: Orientation instructions coming soon

Students who did not submit official transcripts at the time of application receive provisional admission. Official transcripts must be submitted for full admission. Such notification is provided in the Graduate School's admission letter/email; no additional reminders are sent. Failure to submit official transcripts by the end of your first semester results in a registration block. The Graduate School removes the block when official transcripts have been received. Send official transcripts to:

Enrollment Services Operation
0130 Mitchell Building
7999 Regents Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

To obtain a photo Student ID card, visit Office of the Registrar, 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. Learn more.

  • For location assistance, see Campus Map.
  • Students in online programs are not issued a Student ID card as online resources are accessed through the Directory ID/Multi-Factor Authentication login protocols.
  • Students in programs that do not meet at the UMD campus may obtain a Student ID card.

UMD issues a 9-digit number that is used to identify your student academic and financial records.

  • The UMD-UID can be found by viewing your University Directory Entry.
  • Always include this number when communicating with faculty or staff.
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