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Freshman Year

First Year info graphicThe freshman year for a college student is a time of transition—including adjusting to life away from home, learning how to manage their own time, developing new study skills, making friends, getting involved in clubs/organizations, and the list goes on. In the classroom, students are experiencing new teaching styles, larger classes, and different degrees of course difficulty.  All of these experiences and challenges, many of which happen simultaneously, can be overwhelming but lead to an enormous amount of growth.

By the numbers… click the photo on the right to learn more about why the first year is such a big deal. Infographic courtesy of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute Your First College Year survey.

Support from parents and family can play an important and helpful role during this critical year.  The following is a list of what parents and family members can expect during the first year, and ways that you can support your student.

 

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Learn more about supporting your Terp through the housing selection process in this webinar from the Offices of Parent & Family Affairs and Resident Life.

Help us evaluate and improve our communication, services, and programs for parents/families of undergraduate students. Participate in our biennial survey and you could win one of several great prizes. 

Whether it’s medical school, graduate school, or the job market, interviewers have been working diligently to admit and accept the most academically qualified candidates. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Office of Parent and Family Affairs is conducting our biennial survey of the parents/families of the university’s undergraduate students. 

La Oficina para Asuntos de Padres y Familias realiza una encuesta cada dos años a los padres/familias de los estudiantes no graduados. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The University Health Center is proud to introduce parents and families to a new student organization, Terps for Recovery (TFR). 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Department of Resident Life is committed to providing on-campus housing to the greatest number of students possible. Looking ahead to next fall, we recommend that you begin considering next year's housing plans with this outlook in mind.

Apr 29 : Maryland Day
May 11 : Last day of Spring Semester classes
May 12 : Reading Day