New Student Orientation

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New Students: Next Steps & Orientation

Next Steps

Welcome to the iSchool! We are excited to welcome you to the dynamic University of Maryland community.

First, review the University of Maryland’s information and checklists for undergraduate and graduate students, which include information about getting your university ID, housing, dining, documentation, and financial aid. Additionally, HCIM students, please review your program's new student guide and checklist.

iSchool New Student Orientation

Fall 2020 Orientation Date TBD

At the iSchool’s college-specific New Student Orientation, you will meet faculty & staff, connect with other students, and learn about the ways you can get the most out of your time with the iSchool. The morning session 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.

All incoming in-person graduate students are required to attend the iSchool's New Student Orientation. If you are an incoming undergraduate student, or an online MLIS student, you are encouraged to attend if you are able! However, all undergraduate students are required to attend the general University of Maryland's Undergraduate Orientation .

Registration is required. Still have questions? Email

Parking & Accommodations

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, accessible 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.

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 .

Food & Refreshments

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. 

UMD Undergraduate Student Orientation

Undergraduate students may participate in the University of Maryland's New Student Orientation .

UMD International Student Orientation

In addition to the orientations above, the University of Office of International Student & Scholar Services provides an International Student Orientation for new international students.