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Senior Year

Maryland Seniors photo with President Loh
2 female student one with red M painted on her cheek

Senior year is a time of finalization, reflection, and transition. In addition to wrapping up coursework, many students are also completing internships and conducting a search for graduate school or full-time employment. While balancing these responsibilities, students also spend time celebrating and reflecting on their college careers, checking off items on their UMD or College Park “bucket list” by attending university and community events. As the year’s end approaches, students prepare for a major transition; in a short time, they will be saying “see you later” to familiar faces and environment. Parents can provide important emotional and practical support during this transition.

The senior mentality seems to be “work hard, play hard” as students balance completing their degree requirements and solidifying post-graduation plans with soaking in last opportunities and festivities. Senior students might also battle occasional lapses of motivation commonly known as “senioritis.” Many students will be excited to celebrate their post-graduation arrangements, but students without firm post-graduation plans might feel directionless or worried. With Commencement seemingly around the corner, a bittersweet feeling combines students’ real-world trepidation with readiness for their next steps.

As your student searches for job or graduate school opportunities, encourage both proactivity and patience, and remind them of the many resources available to aid with their job search. Seek opportunities to scaffold independence for your student. If they haven’t already learned, teach them about bill paying and other processes, and transfer more responsibility to them to prepare them for full independence after graduation. If applicable, discuss student loan repayment. Finally, attend Commencement and celebrate your student’s achievements!

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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. 

Are you worried that when you talk to your student on the phone, they seem to be doing anything but studying? Or conversely, do they seem to be studying all the time? The truth is students can't and shouldn't work and study every chance they get. Click here to learn 6 ways your Terp can become more active and successful!

Prudent universities everywhere are turning to bike shares to solve their transportation needs, and the University of Maryland is no exception. Here’s everything you need to know about this important and exciting facet of our transportation network.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A letter from President Loh to incoming parents and families.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Congratulations to Robert Ader III on winning an academic year on-campus room and premium dining plan for 2017-2018!

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. 

Aug 18 : Last day of Summer Session II and II-D
Aug 24 to Aug 25
: Residence Hall Move-In

Moving your student into their on-campus residence hall room, suite, or apartment is an exciting yet hectic time for new and returning students alike. Our Department of Resident Life staff will do our very best to make the move-in process as easy and simple as possible in order to help you get settled into your new home away from home.

Aug 24 to Aug 27
: New Student Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome features fun programs and events geared towards introducing your student to new friends, university resources, and the many opportunities waiting for you. New students to campus are encouraged to participate in our Fall Welcome program, a special introduction to living on campus, which begins with check-in to your student's residence hall assignment and ends on the day before classes start. The Fall Welcome program is FREE and no...

Aug 28 : Fall Move-In Deadline

All students must check-in to the residence halls by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, August 29, the first day of classes.