New Student Checklist
Congratulations on your admission to the iSchool! On this webpage you will find important information for new students, as well as links to University resources.
- Access to University Systems
- Immunization Records and Final Transcripts
- iSchool Listservs
- Technology at UMCP
- University Photo ID
- iSchool Faculty, Staff and Administration
All students will be assigned advisors within the first two weeks of the fall semester. Notice of this assignment will be distributed by email. Prior to advisor assignment, questions can be directed to the Student Services Office.
Creating your Directory ID and password
Your Directory ID and password is used to access University of Maryland resources, such as the registration system (Testudo) and your university email account.
Check and carefully read your email at least three times a week. The College uses University email and the iSchool website as the primary means of communication to students. Infrequently checking your email could result in missing important information. You are still responsible for knowing information sent to your university e-mail even if it is not your primary e-mail address.
International Students: When setting up the Directory ID, you will be asked to submit the last five digits of your SID (Student ID). This is not the same as your University ID. These are the steps for finding your Student ID:
1. Login to your Application Supplemental Form (ASF) at http://apra.umd.edu
2. Click on #1 “Verify Contact Information.”
3. You will see a number listed in the field “Student ID (SID).” Remember that it is different from the University ID which is also listed there. The Student ID (SID) is the number you will need when setting up your Directory ID and password.
Dates and Deadlines
Registration for the Fall 2013 will begin in late March. Students should be familiar with the deadlines for adding and dropping courses. These academic deadlines can be found in the Schedule of Classes. Adjusting class schedules after the established deadlines will incur additional financial charges.
All Masters’ students should register for their program’s core courses during the first semester. Students should use the Program Requirement Checklist associated with their degree (and specialization if applicable) to help them plan their program of study. The iSchool Two Year Course Plan is another resource that can help students plan their schedules. Descriptions and titles for all courses can be found here.
All students should note that course sections with ‘SG’ in the section number are held at the Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland
- LBSC 605 is ONLY for students who were admitted to the Archives specialization. Students are informed of their admittance to that program in their admissions letter from the College. At this time, we cannot permit any new students to enroll in the Archives specialization after they have been admitted to the College.
- Any courses listed as LBSO – ONLY are for the iSchool’s online cohorts and are not open to other students.
How to Register in Testudo
Testudo is the site name for the interactive Web services for students. You can access Testudo from: http://www.testudo.umd.edu/
Registration instructions can be found here.
If a desired class is full, you must enter the full information of the course – course AND section number – to be given the waitlist option. Please note that you will be dropped from the waitlist of a course section if you register into another section of that same course. You are not charged for waitlisted courses, only for those courses in which you are registered. Students should check-in to waitlists every day.
It is not uncommon to be on a waitlist at first. As all students – new and current – adjust their individual schedules, and as some courses expand by a few course seats, there will be movement off the waitlist and into courses as we draw closer to the beginning of the semester. If you still have concerns about your schedule closer to the start of the semester in which you’re waitlisted, contact the Student Services Office.
If you have not done so already, turn in the required immunization records to the University Health Center. You can find the required form here: http://www.health.umd.edu/clinicalservices/allergimmuntravel/immunizations
If you have any questions regarding immunization, please call (301) 314-8114. .
If you applied to the University using an in-progress transcript, please have a final transcript with the degree posted sent to the University.
If you fail to turn in these required documents by the start of your first semester, you will be blocked from registering for the next semester.
There are two listservs that all students should be subscribed to: ‘ischoolannouncements’ and ‘ischooldiscussion’.
ISCHOOLANNOUNCEMENTS is a listserv for all current students and faculty that serves as the main vehicle of communication for administrative information, such as registration and graduation instructions. Students are automatically subscribed to the‘ischoolannouncements’ listserv by the Student Services Office near the beginning of their first semester. This listserv is sent only to the student’s university e-mail account. If you prefer to use a different e-mail account, you will need to set your university e-mail account to forward to your preferred account.
The ISCHOOLDISCUSSION listserv carries news of jobs, internships and iSchool-related discussion. Anyone may subscribe to ‘ischooldiscussion’ from any e-mail account. To subscribe to ‘ischooldiscussion’, send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UMD.EDUand include as the first line in the message: SUBSCRIBE ISCHOOLDISCUSSION your name. When you are sending a message to LISTSERV to subscribe, the subject line of your e-mail should be left blank.
Both the MIM Program and the MLS Program maintain blogs that provide administrative information, news, happenings in the field, and other items of interest. The iSchool at Shady Grove also maintains a blog that provides information on events and students on that campus. The blogs are:
iSchool students should come prepared with a basic level of technology skills. These skills will be necessary for functioning in the iSchool graduate environment.
The University of Maryland uses Enterprise Learning Management System (ELMS) for classroom support and communication. ELMS is powered by the Blackboard Academic Suite. Online courses are hosted through ELMS. Professors may post course material a week or two before classes begin. ELMS can be found here: http://www.elms.umd.edu. Log in using your Directory ID and password. Also, remember to check your university e-mail account, as professors will also use this as a means for communication before the start of class.
For information on technology resources and rooms specific to the iSchool, please see: Technology Resources
University Computer Lab Locations can be found via this link: http://www.oit.umd.edu/wheretogo/showLoc.cfm
University Campuses have has WiFi accessibility in all areas. For more WiFi information and registration information, visit: http://www.oit.umd.edu/nts/noc/wireless/index.html
For information on the campus pay-for-print system, please see: http://www.oit.umd.edu/print/
Student IDs are required to withdraw books from libraries; ride the UM Shuttle buses; gain admission to most athletic, social, and cultural events; as a UMD prepaid debit card for food establishments and printing services and as a general form of identification on campus. Student IDs are available in the Mitchell Building. To obtain an ID, you must be registered for classes and you must have proof of identity, such as a valid driver’s license or passport. The fee for replacing a lost or stolen ID is $20. Questions concerning the identification system should be directed to the Office of the Registrar: (301) 314-8240.
Office numbers, phone numbers and email addresses for faculty and staff can be found on the iSchool website’s directory. Faculty and staff mailboxes are located in the Dean’s Office (Hornbake, Room 4105).