Summer 2020 Engineering Orientation | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Welcome, new Terps! In response to continued concerns regarding COVID-19, the University of Maryland, College Park made the challenging and difficult decision to host our New Student Orientation program completely online for Summer 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for both the UMD community, as well as our incoming class and their family members we believe this is the best approach to prepare the incoming class for their transition to UMD and keep everyone safe.

Freshmen Orientations are 2-Day Programs hosted by the New Student Orientation Office. For details regarding the full orientation schedule, please visit orientation.umd.edu. During the 2-Day Program, students will have the opportunity to meet with an engineering advisor and register for classes. The purpose of this page is to provide an overview of how the A. James Clark School of Engineering will be facilitating academic advising for incoming freshmen students. Ours is a 5-Part Program that will begin 10 Days prior to students' registered orientation date. Below you will find details regarding each part as well as some FAQs to help you navigate this process.

The Math Placement Test is a requirement for all incoming first-year students, regardless of any AP or college-level credit they may be bringing in. Advisors use the test as a tool to determine what level of math course a student should take based on their knowledge of the subject. Students may access the Math Placement Test starting March 15th.

To get more information and take the Math Placement Test, click here.

On May 15th, all students who confirmed their enrollment to the University of Maryland were added to the New Student Orientation's online orientation Canvas page. (Learn more about Canvas here.) Students are required to complete all of the modules on Canvas prior to their orientation program. 

Please note: Engineering students will utilize two separate Canvas pages during their orientation process. The Success at UMD page includes information provided by the University of Maryland. In Part 3 of our program, students will also review a Canvas page specific to the A. James Clark School of Engineering. 

Ten days prior to their orientation date, students will receive an email from our office with information regarding the Virtual Orientation Program. At this time, students will be invited to login to Canvas to access the A. James Clark School of Engineering ENGR Freshmen Terps Canvas page. This page includes modules specific to engineering. The information included will cover academic advising, academic policies, and tips for course registration. Students are required to complete Modules 1-6 in the days leading up to their orientation so that they are prepared for registration on their assigned orientation date.

In the days leading up to students' orientation date, they will receive the Summer 2020 Freshmen Orientation In-Take form. This form is designed to collect important information regarding prior learning credit (e.g. AP/IB/transfer credits). It will also walk students through the process of building their first semester schedule. This process will help to clarify the course registration process and is an important part of our Virtual Orientation Process.

Please be sure to pay close attention to your email in the days leading up to your orientation so that you are able to complete the in-take form in a timely manner.

Please Note: Students are required to complete the math placement exam before they can complete the in-take form.

The Clark School of Engineering will be advising students via Zoom this summer in order to facilitate the course registration process. Advising will take place on either Day 1 of orientation or Day 2 depending on the student's major.

All Undecided Engineering students will be advised from 9AM - 12PM on Day 1 of Orientation. Students with a declared major (e.g. Aerospace, Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Fire Protection, Materials Science, or Mechanical Engineering) will be advised from 9AM - 12PM on Day 2 of Orientation.

Details regarding your specific registration date and time as well as a link to your Zoom session will be sent in the days leading up to your orientation.

Please note: Students will only be asked to attend one registration session; however, they should be sure to also engage in other orientation activities on both Day 1 and Day 2. For example, students who are registered to attend the June 3-June 4 Orientation Session would be advised via the following schedule:

June 3rd 9AM - 12PM: Undecided Engineering Students
June 4th 9AM - 12PM: All other engineering majors

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 MATH015 or MATH115. Will I still be able to register for classes at orientation?
Students who place into 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 math-place@umd.edu

When will I get to register for classes?
Students whose major was listed as Undecided Engineering when they signed up for orientation will register on Day 1 of their orientation program. Students who are listed as Aerospace, Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Fire Protection, Materials Science, or Mechanical Engineering will register on Day 2 of their orientation program.

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: https://hsauber.wufoo.com/forms/x1glztv71dz3hpu/. Please note: Undecided Engineering students who declare a major in the days leading up to their orientation will still be advised on Day 1 of Orientation. These students will be advised for their new major.


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