UMD faculty and staff have been working hard throughout the summer to prepare a fall semester that will be academically productive, exciting and as safe as possible. An updated schedule of classes with final course options is available on Testudo, including the face-to-face, blended or online delivery method for each course. Students who need further assistance should contact their academic advisers.
View your Testudo Student Schedule to see the delivery method for each registered section.
Because maintaining six feet of physical distance between individuals limits the number of students that can be accommodated in a classroom, courses of more than 50 students will be delivered online. About 20% of undergraduate courses will be offered at least partially in person, with priority given to classes that particularly need in-person instruction, such as some labs, performance courses, senior capstone projects, clinical instruction and internships. Some of the innovations being developed by faculty this summer are aimed at using creative, blended instruction and hopefully will allow us to accommodate partial in-person instruction, even in some larger classes, through smaller breakout and discussion sections.
The university will use in-person and remote course options to maximize flexibility and equity of access and to accommodate the needs of students and faculty who may not be able to return to campus because of risks associated with COVID-19. Given that fall registration is still ongoing, students who wish to take courses remotely can seek to build a schedule exclusively of online courses, as long as the courses of their interest are available.
Living On Campus
If you do decide to pause your education, we would encourage you to reapply for a future term of admission; visit here to learn more about the reapplication process for admission.
Refund amounts are based on the timing and method in which you withdraw. Review the Fall 2020 academic deadlines and refund schedule here.
Yes, but there may be implications for your financial aid, on-campus housing or visa status. An undergraduate student is considered part-time if enrolled in 11 or fewer credits. Part-time tuition and fees are available here.
For the Fall 2020 semester, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider requests from admitted undergraduate students to defer their enrollment on an individual basis. Students who have confirmed their intention to enroll must submit their deferral request by July 24. For more information, visit admissions.umd.edu. Graduate students who wish to defer enrollment to the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 terms should contact their graduate program’s department to see what steps may be involved for approved deferral.
Acceptability of AP/IB/CLEP/A-level/AS-level exams taken has not changed as a result of COVID-19.
We will accept passing grades earned in transfer coursework during this semester. These grades will be accepted for admission into the university and for limited enrollment program consideration. For more information, see lep.umd.edu.
The Graduate School maintains a coronavirus microsite, including an FAQ page, and contact information for students who need assistance.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains a coronavirus microsite for Future Terps, including FAQs, admission requirements, and contact information for prospective students who need assistance.
Please contact your adviser. Should you need assistance in determining who your adviser is, please use the list below.
Health and Safety Protocols and Procedures
COVID-19 Testing for Students
To help stop the spread of the coronavirus at UMD, the semester will start with testing before and after the arrival of each student who will live on-campus or in the surrounding area and any student who plans to come to campus for any reason.
Students are required to take a PCR-based COVID-19 test no earlier than 14 days prior to returning to campus.
Students from the State of Maryland can find information about testing sites in your area here.
Before or upon arrival to campus or the College Park area, you must provide the university with confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result. Exact procedures for submitting test results are forthcoming.
If you test positive, you will be required to stay at home, follow CDC guidance, and be cleared by your healthcare provider before coming to campus.
When you arrive on your scheduled arrival date, bring a document that indicates when, where, and by whom you were tested. You will be strictly restricted to your living quarters pending receipt of the test results.
The University will require testing up to 14 days before arrival for out-of-state students. Out-of-state students must submit test results prior to arrival in the College Park area. International Students coming to the campus or the College Park area must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 14 days of planned travel to the United States.
All students must sign up for testing upon arrival. Testing should generally occur on the date of your scheduled arrival, if you will live in the residence halls, or in Greek housing.
Students who will live in South Campus Commons, Courtyards, off-campus fraternity and sorority houses, Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens should sign-up for a test on or near your arrival date.
Students living near campus in College Park in all other private student housing (e.g., University View, the Varsity, Terrapin Row, the Landmark, and all other off-campus properties) should sign-up between August 17 and August 28. All other students should sign-up between August 31 and September 4 for testing. Commuting students can elect to have their second test after August 23, at a local test site where they live.
Yes, To help stop the spread of the coronavirus at UMD, the semester will start with testing before and after the arrival of any student who plans to come to campus for any reason.
Following your post-arrival test, you are required to remain home and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms until you receive a negative test result. Anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate per CDC guidelines. The University Health Center and the local health department will provide specific guidance to follow. Additional information about COVID-19 is available at cdc.gov/covid19.
Anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate per CDC guidelines. Students who test positive may spend the period of isolation at their permanent home or in temporary isolation housing on campus. The University expects positive test results, so there are plans and procedures in place to assist students during the isolation or quarantine period.
All mandatory fees, as determined by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, will be assessed for Fall 2020 term.
Certain fees were prorated during the Spring 2020 term in order to account for unforeseen modifications made in support of UMD’s COVID-19 response. For the 2020-21 academic year – regardless of the mode of course delivery (online, hybrid or in-person), full mandatory fees will be assessed, including, as applicable, shuttle, athletics, recreation services, Stamp Student Union, performing arts and cultural centers, student facilities and sustainability fees. In addition, should a shift to full online course delivery occur at any point during the fall 2020 term, fees shall not be prorated.
All mandatory fees are published on a line-item basis to aid in transparency for students and their families to better understand the student services the fees support. Due to the significant cost of operating these facilities and services regardless of the number of students using them, the university must charge these fees based on the credit hours for which you are enrolled.
Some of the services will be moved online to accommodate students who may have no physical presence for the Fall 2020 term, and in-person services will remain available for students to utilize whenever they access the campus.
Certain courses may have additional fees, such as a lab fee, associated with them. The course fee list can be found here.
Tuition charges will remain based on your residency status as determined by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes. The full policy can be found here.
Maryland taxpayers support instruction and university operations through state tax dollars; the nonresident surcharge helps to do the same for students from outside of Maryland. Current UMD students who are experiencing financial hardship should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (email@example.com) to determine grant and/or financial aid options.
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