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New Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate School #NewGradTerps Asynchronous Orientation 2020 

We are so happy to welcome you to your first semester as a GradTerp!

The Graduate School is hosting our campus-wide Graduate School New Student Orientation asynchronously through ELMS-Canvas. Anyone with UMD credentials can access the orientations through Open Learning. For all new GradTerps, please follow the steps below to access the orientations.  We ask that students plan to complete the orientation by August 31st.

STEP 1 - Activate the Directory ID you will use to log into everything.

If you have not yet done so, visit: and click "Activate Account." You will then be prompted to enter your information and set your password.

STEP 2 - Set up your Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

In order to log in to university systems, you first need to set up MFA for security purposes. Visit for instructions on how to use your phone or a list of codes.

STEP 3 - Log in to the Open Learning Orientation Mini-Course

The links to each orientation are below.  Please note that the videos and pages labeled as “required” will take you roughly 45-60 minutes to complete. You do not have to do it all at the same time, and you’ll always be able to return to access all of the optional linked resources. Orientation includes an online resource fair featuring several of our campus partners, including Graduate Student Life, Graduate Legal Aid Office, The Counseling Center, The Health Center and the Graduate School Writing Center! 

Orientation for Doctoral GradTerps:
Orientation for in person Masters programs:
Orientation for online Masters programs:

Email The Graduate School at with any questions, and use the hashtag #NewGradTerps to follow along!

 If you are having any issues with the orientation courses, please email