Undergraduate Advising (College Park)

Our advisors are here to support you along your academic journey. Please reach out at any time with ideas, questions, or concerns. Advising is currently being held both virtually and in person.

Note: We will continue to follow and enforce UMD and CDC guidance as it relates to COVID. While masking is not currently required for individuals while indoors we strongly encourage students to wear a mask for in-person advising. Advising offices are smaller, contained environments and we ask students to respect the health and well-being of their advisors. If you do not have a mask one will be provided. If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask we strongly recommend that you utilize the virtual drop-in advising option.

Meet with a College Advisor

Spring 2023 Drop-in Advising hours:

Drop-in advising is available in person and virtually.

  • January 23 – 26, 2023
    • Monday 9:30-11:30am AND 1:30-3:30pm
    • Tuesday 9:30-11:30am AND 1:30-3:30pm
    • Wednesday 9:30-11:30am AND 1:30-3:30pm
    • Thursday 9:30-11:30am AND 1:30-3:30pm
  • January 30 – May 19, 2023
    • Monday 1:30-3:30pm
    • Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm
    • Wednesday 9:30-11:30am
    • Thursday 9:30-11:30am

To access virtual advising:

  1. Go to Virtual Advising to connect to Waitwhile. NOTE: This link is only active during designated drop-in times (see above) if you experience an error please contact an undergraduate advisor at ugadvising.ischool@umd.edu.
  2. Once you have added yourself to the Waitwhile queue you will be contacted by an advisor with your remote advising invitation link.
  3. The advisor will give you 10 minutes to join the advising session before they move on to the next student.
  4. If you are having trouble joining the advising session let the advisor know as soon as possible by replying to the email with the invitation link.
Meet with a Undergraduate Ambassador (Current Student)

Current students (“Undergraduate Ambassadors”) are also available to answer your questions! Note: Undergraduate Ambassadors are not available during winter break, December 23, 2022 – January 24, 2023. Undergraduate Ambassador hours will resume in the Spring 2023 semester.

Ambassador Drop-In Hours are Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon AND 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Drop-in hours will be held both in-person in HBK 0217 and virtually via Zoom. See details below. 

Ambassadors can assist with creating academic plans and answer basic questions about classes and prerequisites. They cannot assist with registration, policy exceptions, or advising blocks.

Undergraduate Ambassadors are available to assist with common questions about the major such as:

  • What is the major like? What do you learn?
  • What are some good classes to take together?
  • What are some options for upper-level electives? Do I have to do a specialization?
  • How do I fill out an Academic Plan?
  • What should I do if I want to add another major or study abroad?


To join an Undergraduate Ambassador via zoom:

Advisors are also available to schedule individual in person and virtual advising appointments. Please email ugadvising.ischool@umd.edu for more information.

Visit our registration page for information about Mandatory Advising for registration.


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