New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Maryland and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources!

In order to have a successful and stress-free orientation, be sure to read this page carefully and follow the instructions given.

Once you have confirmed your admission to UMD through the Coalition Portal, you should do the following:

Steps for a Successful Orientation Experience

1. Register for Orientation

All newly admitted students must register for an Orientation program by visiting the Orientation Office website.

International Students must also register for orientation with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services

2. Prepare Items to Bring With You

Bring your AP or IB test scores.  Bring an updated copy of your AP or IB scores.  Advisors can use the score report for advising purposes, but you will need to have your official scores sent to UMD from the College Board in order for the credits to appear on your official record.

Bring your transcripts.  If you are currently taking courses at another institution, please bring an updated transcript with you to orientation. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for orientation and advising purposes, but please make sure that you have an official transcript sent to the Office of the Registrar once you have completed the semester. 


If you have already been admitted and are currently enrolled at the University of Maryland need to have a final official transcript sent to the Office of the Registrar upon completion of all courses and any degrees from the previous institution.

If you have earned a previous degree, such as an Associate or Bachelor’s, you must have it verified by the Transfer Credit Services.  

University of Maryland
Office of the Registrar
1101 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD  20742

Transfer Credit FAQs 

3. Take Math Placement Test

4. Understand Requirements for Special Programs

If you are in a living and learning program or other first-year experience program, such as College Park Scholars, FIRE, Honors CollegeCIVICUS, Global Communities or the Carrilon Communities, make sure you are aware of the courses that you should register for.  Be sure to visit the program’s website for more information.

Additional Orientation Information

Orientation Schedule and Topics

  • Look at the PDF schedule for your orientation (1- or 2-Day Freshmen Student Program, or Transfer Student Program)
  • Review the topics that will be covered during the college portion of your upcoming orientation

International Students

There are many resources available for International Students.  Please visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about visa requirements, working in the U.S., health insurance and more.

Stay Connected to AGNR

  • Get to know your departmental advisor
  • At orientation, register for an AGNR section of UNIV100 (freshmen) or EDCP108G (transfers) to learn more about college life and adjustment to UMD
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