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Admitted Students

Welcome to the School of Public Policy!

We are excited for you to join our community, and look forward to sharing in the issues you are passionate about. As a new Policy Terp, our community is here to welcome and support you in this next step — whether you are making a move from the workplace, across the country or the other side of the world. Below you will find a checklist of actions to complete before classes start, and resources to help you navigate the School, the University and College Park. We are always here to help, so contact us with any questions.

Newly Admitted Graduate Students

  1. Establish your University of Maryland Directory ID (referred to as your UID) to allow access to University systems and to set up your University email address
  2. Send us your new UMD email address to ensure you receive all communications from the School - email Student Affairs at
  3. Update the email address listed in your student record to ensure you receive important communications from the University - visit Testudo and follow the link for "Change Address/Email"
  4. Visit the Registration Information Counter on the first floor of the Mitchell Building to get your Student ID card (NOTE: you must be registered for classes to get your Student ID card) - available between 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
  1. If you received a graduate assistantship from the School in your admission offer, see the School’s graduate assistantship policy for work assignment process
  2. If you are looking for a graduate assistant position outside of the School, start checking the graduate assistants section of the University jobs website for posted positions to apply to - the application process and requirements will be listed in the position description
  3. If you are applying for federal aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - you can also create a FinAid account to track the status of your application and accept or reject aid packages
  1. Determine your health insurance needs:
    1. Students with graduate assistantships have the opportunity to enroll in the State of Maryland's health benefit plans. Learn more.
    2. If you need insurance, many students choose to enroll in the University's Student Health Insurance Plan - you can find out more by visiting the University Health Center.
  2. Submit your Immunization Record Form online no later than the first day of classes - The University requires all students complete the Immunization Record Form and submit proof of immunizations in order to attend (NOTE: you will be unable to register for classes in your second semester if you do not submit the required documentation).
  1. Visit Off-Campus Housing Services for helpful information on locating housing in and around the College Park area, including their database of housing opportunities and roommate finder app
  2. If you will require on-campus parking, register and pay for a parking permit with Transportation Services - graduate students are able to register for permits one-week earlier than other students
  3. Explore the many transport options available connecting campus with the surrounding communities, including the Shuttle UM bus routes, car sharing services and bike networks

Refresh your analytical skills with a free, non-credit workshop over the summer. We run two formats covering the same topics to fit your schedule.

Section 1 - Weekly sessions throughout summer
  • Meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 9:00pm in Room 1207 Van Munching Hall
  • Sessions on May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7 and August 14
  • Optional discussion session meets every Monday night from 6:30pm - 9:00pm, beginning June 3
  • Explore the syllabus
Section 2 - Intensive summer session
  • Meets each weekday from 4:00pm - 6:30pm in Room 1207 Van Munching Hall
  • Sessions begin August 12 and run through August 21
  • Optional discussion session meets every weekday during the workshop session from 1:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Explore the syllabus

Register for the workshops 

If you are starting the Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Management, plan your semester and get registered for classes. Check out our frequently asked questions for the Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Management programs for additional guidance. 

  1. Review the School's projection of courses for the coming academic year to see what will be offered in each semester.
  2. Schedule an academic advising meeting in person, by phone or by video conference to discuss your plan of study with our academic advisor
  3. Register for classes via Testudo
  1. Start the student visa application process as early as possible.
    • Once you have been admitted into your program by the Graduate School, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will contact you to verify your visa status and to collect the financial documents required to receive Form I-20, which you will need in order to start the process of obtaining a student visa.
    • Please wait a minimum of 48 hours after notification of your admission from the Graduate School to receive communication from ISSS.
  2. Explore the international student specific checklist from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
  3. When you arrive at the University, be sure to attend an ISSS Immigration Session during international student orientation week - this is a required session to complete mandatory document checks and submission.