Resources Specifically for Transfer Students
What resources are available to specifically support transfer students?
- Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life (TOCSL) exists to connect and engage transfer and off-campus students through a variety of programs and events.
- Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Mentoring is a mentoring program that connects new transfer students with current transfers.
- Tau Sigma National Honor Society is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."
- UMD offers more than 800 student organizations, some of which are geared specifically for transfer students, including Transfer2Terp Organization.
- UMD offers courses specifically for transfer students to help them in their transition to campus. If you’re interested in enrolling in one of these courses, speak with your academic advisor at New Student Orientation.
Campus Involvement Resources
- UMD has more than 800 clubs and organizations on campus. Find one that fits you or start your own!
- Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life exists to connect and engage transfer and off-campus students through a variety of programs and events.
- The Student Organization Resource Center can assist you in finding a student organization to join, registering a new student organization, and providing assistance and support to existing student organizations.
- Leadership & Community Service Learning engages students in leadership development and service-learning opportunities that foster transformative learning and social change.
- Joining a fraternity or sorority on campus is another way to develop leadership skills and promote strong community values.
- Veteran Student Life supports Veteran Terps as they transition from military life to civilian college life.
- The Immigrant and Undocumented Student Office provides support, advocacy, and community for undocumented students, immigrant students and students from mixed status families, among other identities.
Academic advisors provide guidance on academic policies and regulations, post-graduate opportunities, and resources available on campus that offer academic and personal support. Individual majors at UMD are housed within 12 academic colleges, and each college has its own advising structure. Some have mandatory advising every semester and others do not; ultimately advisors are always happy to work with you at any point during your time at UMD. Please check your individual college to find out whom you need to see for academic advising.
The requirements for graduation can vary by college and department. Normally, the minimum 120 credits required to graduate include general education, major requirements, and electives. Courses you took at other institutions may apply to your degree. If you still have questions about your transfer credits or how long it may take you to graduate, be sure to meet with an academic advisor. Please check with your academic department for specific degree requirements when developing a four year academic plan.
Current students are notified by e-mail of their registration date and time, and any blocks you may have that could prevent you from registering - so be sure to regularly check your UMD email. Prior to registration, students must clear any blocks, which may include mandatory advising with the department and/or college, financial, judicial, among others. Once all blocks are lifted, students can register at any point following their assigned time on Testudo. Please check with your academic advisor for more information.
You should communicate with your academic advisor to determine the number of credits that best fit your personal circumstances. It is recommended that students take approximately 15 credits per semester to complete a degree in four years. Students may register for up to 16 credits without approval from their college. Students must register for at least 12 credits to be considered full-time.
UMD offers more than 100 majors, and consider reaching out to an advisor in the major you are interested in to learn more about the requirements. Several majors are Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs) with a separate admissions process and require certain gateway course requirements before entering the major.
- Did you know UMD offers free tutoring for a variety of subject areas, including but not limited to mathematics, writing, communication (e.g., speeches), and sciences?
- Many study spaces and tools are available to help you achieve your academic goals.
- The Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) provides a variety of services to ensure that your accommodation and accessibility needs are met.
- The International Student & Scholar Services assists international students with transitioning to the U.S., advising on immigration requirements, and making the most of their academic experience here.
- The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) provides programs and resources that support the academic, personal and professional excellence of students, including tutoring services.
Housing and Transportation Resources
- Off-Campus Housing Services can assist you in finding off-campus housing. Resources include a housing database, roommate finder, and housing fairs.
- If you are interested in living on-campus, apply through the Department of Resident Life. On-campus housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Department of Resident Life also provides tailored information about housing availability for Veterans of Military Service.
- The Office of Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life has gathered information on different scholarship opportunities offered across campus.
- The Office of Student Financial Aid offers assistance to students and families as they plan and prepare to pay for college. The very first step is to ensure that you submit an application for Financial Aid, if you have not done so already.
- View this collaborative workshop about how transfer students can use a variety of resources to find and apply for scholarships.
- The UMD Student Crisis Fund provides emergency funding for students in emergency situations.
Diversity and Inclusion Resources
- The Office of Diversity & Inclusion supports UMD’s diverse students, staff, and faculty.
- The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy supports our campus' commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice to advance a purposeful campus climate that capitalizes on the educational benefits of diversity, through student-centered advising, advocacy, programs, research, and practices.
- The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the learning experience and promote the academic success of undergraduate students.
- The The LBGTQ+ Equity Center serves UMD students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
- The mission of the Nyumburu Cultural Center is to promote an understanding of and appreciation for African-American Culture in all of its richness and complexity through a variety of events and activities.
- The First Gen Terps resource site provides a one-stop hub for incoming and continuing first-generation students on campus
Health and Wellness Resources
- The Department of Recreation & Wellness offers a variety of recreation, and wellness services, including gym facilities, group fitness classes, intramural and club sports.
- The University Health Center provides healthcare and wellness programs to the UMD community, including primary care, a pharmacy, mental health services, and more.
- The Counseling Center provides comprehensive support services that promote your personal, social, and academic success, including individual and group therapy, career counseling, and off-campus referrals.
- The Memorial Chapel is home to many inter-faith programs and hosts chaplains across 14 different faiths.
- The University of Maryland Campus Pantry provides emergency food to students, faculty, and staff in need.
- The University Career Center & President’s Promise is available to support you through each stage of your career development through an array of resources, services, and programs.
- Several academic colleges have their own career development liaisons/offices to help students from particular majors: ARHU, BMGT, BSOS, CMNS, ENGR, & SPHL
- The Health Professions Advising Office assists all current students and UMD alumni with planning for entering a health profession.
- The Pre-Law Advising Office serves all current and UMD alumni interested in law school and legal careers.
- The Graduate School encompasses all graduate programs at UMD, and serves home base for the entire graduate community, offering guidance and support from application to graduation and every milestone in between.