New Students

Welcome to the iSchool!

We are so excited to welcome you to the dynamic University of Maryland community! The university has specific checklists and information for undergraduate and graduate students, including information about getting your university ID, housing, dining, documentation, and financial aid. 

iSchool Orientation

The College of Information Studies hosts a college-specific New Student Orientation for graduate and undergraduate students where you will meet faculty & staff, connect with other students, and learn about all of the ways you can get the most out of your time at the college. The morning will be spent collectively as a college, and then after lunch, students will be in program-specific breakout sessions with faculty, staff, current students, and fellow incoming students.

  • Graduate students are required to attend this orientation.
  • Undergraduate students are invited to attend, but attendance is not required. However, all undergraduate students are required to attend the general University of Maryland's Undergraduate Orientation. More information can be found here

The Fall 2017 College of Information Studies New Student Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd in the Colony Ballroom in the Stamp Student Union. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, and we will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Please plan to be there until 4:00 pm.

Registration is required. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do I park for orientation?
If you plan to drive, parking is available in Lot 1B. Although no permits or payment are required, visitors and guests are expected to abide by all campus parking regulations (i.e. fire lanes, handicapped parking). For any parking concerns, please contact the Department of Transportation Services. Our campus is also accessible by Metro. The College Park Metro Station is located on the Green & Yellow lines, and a free shuttle is available to all campus guests.
2. Where is orientation?
Orientation begins in The Colony Ballroom, which is located on the second floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. The ballroom is accessible by elevator and by stairs. Afternoon breakout sessions will be held in various spaces in the Stamp Student Union, Biology/Psychology building, and Hornbake Building. For more detailed information about where the afternoon sessions will be, please be sure to attend the morning session.
3. Are meals provided?
The iSchool provides light refreshments during the morning session. Additionally, we provide a $10 meal card that can be used in the food court in the Stamp Student Union. 
4. I'm an international student. Are there specific sessions for me?
Yes! The Office of International Student & Scholar Services provides services and training throughout the week for international students. More information can be found here
5. How do I request special accommodations?
The RSVP webform has a place for students to indicate any accommodations, and the iSchool will do our best to provide reasonable accommodations. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Office of Student Services at