How to Transition as a Transfer Student

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Better late than never. Transfer requirements.

You’ve gotten your acceptance to be a transfer student at the University of Maryland. Congratulations! What’s next? Will being a Terp be similar to wherever you started? Will it be an entirely new experience? Who knows, but either way you will love it at Maryland! Being a transfer student definitely has its differences from coming in as a freshman, but it’s not bad- just different! Here is what you can expect as you transfer into being a TERP!

The first thing you need to make sure you do is to check out the Transfer Checklist. This is crucial for a smooth transition and will ensure you have everything you need to be completed in the correct amount of time. Be sure to check off each box to ensure you don’t skip a step. As soon as you have completed that (or even before), be sure to check out the Transfer Student Resources page. Here you’ll find information for prospective, newly admitted, and current transfers. Once you’ve officially decided you want to come to College Park, confirm your admission with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

After your admission is confirmed, next on the list is understanding your major. Be sure that you are enrolled in your desired major, especially if you are trying to enroll in a Limited Enrollment Program. If originally you weren’t admitted to a particular major, there still may be a way to enroll as an internal transfer to a specific major.  Once you’ve got that taken care of, it will be time to sign up for  New Student Orientation. It’s mandatory, but also fun and it’s here that you will start meeting new people and exploring what may be of interest to you on campus. Be sure to think about where you will live if you aren’t commuting.  If you are interested in living off-campus, you can find help from Off-Campus Housing Services. You can also check out our guide to Favorite Apartments.

For on-campus housing, check out the Department of Resident Life. On-campus housing is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to secure that before you do anything else if that is a priority for you. Once you are on campus, you need to get involved, just like you would if you were entering as a freshman. We’ve got great suggestions on Getting Involved whether you join one of more than 800 clubs or an intramural or club sports team. There is plenty of fun and activity around every corner. The beauty of a large university is that there is something for everyone, you just have to watch for the opportunities.

Make the most of your time at the University of Maryland. You won’t regret it. Congratulations! Now go sign up for an orientation!

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