Congratulations on your admission to the A. James Clark School of Engineering! We are pleased to welcome you to our program and look forward to working with you throughout your Virtual Orientation Program. Your new life as a Terp begins this fall! The tools you need to continue college at UMD can be found here on our Virtual Orientation page and on the New Student Orientation website: The Clark School of Engineering and New Student Orientation Office are here to help ease your transition while providing you with the information and resources you need to succeed. 

This online orientation for incoming A. James Clark School of Engineering students will provide you with the building blocks and tools necessary to succeed at Maryland. In addition to these online modules, on your orientation day, there will be a variety of live sessions where you will get to meet academic advising staff and current UMD students.

The Virtual Orientation Process includes two important components:  The Success at UMD:  ENGR Freshmen Canvas Page and your Live Meet Your College & Registration Session

Prior to your orientation, the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office will be sending three emails to you with important information regarding your orientation program.   The emails will provide you with a link to a Pre-Orientation video and outline the steps you will need to complete.  Please see the chart below:

To read more detailed information about each step in the pre-orientation process, open the drop down tabs below:

You will need to complete your Math Placement Exam (MPE) 6 days prior to your orientation date. 

ALL students are REQUIRED to take the MPE, even if you have completed prior learning credit (i.e., AP or IB exams).  Without the completion of the MPE, you will be prevented from enrolling in certain courses for the fall term.  Your MPE score is also required to fill out the Summer Freshmen Orientation Form.

For more details about the MPE visit this website:

You must complete the required modules and quizzes before your Orientation date. You can access all of your required Modules on the "Success at UMD:  ENGR Freshmen Orientation" Canvas page sent to you by the New Student Orientation Office.

Please note, modules 1-6 are labeled [ENGR]. These modules are required by the Clark School of Engineering.  They are also due 6 days prior to your orientation date.  Not completing these modules will result in an administrative hold on your account, blocking you from being able to make adjustments to your schedule or enrolling in future semesters.   All other modules are also required but may be completed anytime prior to your orientation date. 

If you are not sure how to navigate CANVAS you can visit the CANVAS Details Page HERE.

The following forms must be completed at least 2 days prior to your scheduled orientation date:

Are you a Freshman in a UMD Living and Learning Program? Prior to your Orientation, you must review your program's Canvas Module. Depending on your Orientation Date, your Program will have a LIVE session at 4:30 p.m. for you to meet fellow Terps in your program and overview important information about your new Learning Community.

If you were invited to participate in one of the University of Maryland's Living-Learning Communities you would have received notification in your Admissions Letter. You can check your Admissions Letter in MyCoalition. 

Please Note: If you were not admitted to a Living and Learning Program you can skip this step!

If you were invited to participate in engineering's Flexus or Virtus Living and Learning Program, you will be contacted by the Women in Engineering Office with more information.

All new Freshmen Engineering students will register for classes with an advisor on Day 2 of their scheduled orientation program:

  • Declared engineering majors from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Undecided engineering from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Once you complete the modules, your next step is to make sure you are ready to register for classes! Linked below are resources to help you prepare for registration:

You will receive an email from the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office at least two days before your orientation date with the Zoom link that will be used for the Meet Your College Session and the Advising Session.

Note: Students will only receive one Zoom link for both sessions


  • ALL Freshmen students are REQUIRED to complete a Math Placement Test before orientation.
  • You must complete ALL of your Modules & Quizzes before your scheduled orientation date. 
  • You must complete all required forms prior to your orientation date
  • Please note all Zoom Live Sessions offered will be Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • If you still have any questions after you have completed the online orientation, please contact either the New Student Orientation Office or Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support 
A. James Clark School of Engineering New Student Orientation Office
Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support (UA&AS)  Orientation Advisor
Email:  Email: 
Phone: 301-405-9973 Phone: 301-314-8217


In addition to your virtual academic advising, the New Student Orientation Office has different sessions planned throughout the day on Day 1 of your orientation.  

A few days before your Orientation, you will receive an email from your University Orientation Advisor (UOA), an undergraduate student who will serve as a resource and guide during orientation. Their email will provide any final details for your Orientation.  

Your Live Meet Your College & Registration Session will take place on Day 2 of your orientation from 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM if you are a declared engineering student and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM if you are an undecided engineering studentThis will provide you an opportunity to meet some of the staff in the School of Engineering and feature a Q & A session in case you have any questions. 

Directly following the Meet Your College Session, you will attend your group registration session with your departmental academic advisor to register for fall courses.  

You will receive the Zoom link for the Live Meet Your College Session and Registration Session in the third email sent by the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office.  This email will generally be sent on or about two days prior to Day 2 of your orientation.

I did not complete the Math Placement Exam (MPE). Can I still attend orientation?
Students are required to complete the math placement in order to register for engineering courses. Students who are missing the MPE will still be able to attend orientation but will only be able to register for General Education classes. Please be sure to complete the MPE at your earliest convenience so that you are well-prepared for orientation.

I placed into MATH 003, MATH015 or MATH115. Will I still be able to register for classes at orientation?
Students who place into MATH 003, MATH015 or MATH115 are still able to register for classes. However, because the chemistry and engineering courses require MATH140 as a co-requisite, students will not be able to register for engineering courses. Rather, students will register for General Education courses. Please note: Students may retake the MPE one time after their first attempt. If you have questions, please contact

When will I get to register for classes?
All students will be able to register for classes on Day 2 of their Virtual Orientation Program.  Those students who are listed as Aerospace, Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Fire Protection, Materials Science, or Mechanical Engineering will register on Day 2 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Those students whose major was listed as Undecided Engineering will register on Day 2 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

My major is listed as Undecided Engineering but I would like to declare my major. Can I do that?
Students can change their major at any time during the orientation process by filling out the following form: Major Change Form for Newly Admitted Students Form. Please note: Undecided Engineering students who declare a major in the days leading up to their orientation will still be advised on Day 2 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, but will be advised for their new major.