New Students

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New Students

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. 

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services provides services and training throughout the week for international students.

Undergraduate Students

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

Graduate Student iSchool Orientation

Wednesday, August 22 – Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union – 9am-4pm

The iSchool's New Graduate Student Orientation for Fall 2018 is on Wednesday, August 22nd in the Colony Ballroom, which is located on the second floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. Registration opens at 8:30 am, and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Plan to be there until 4:00 pm. 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, be sure to attend the morning session.

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.