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New Graduate Student Orientation

#NewGradTerps Orientation 2022 

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 Friday, February 4th. The links to the 2022 courses are below.

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 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.  Please plan to complete the orientation by Friday, February 4th.


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

STEP 4 - Complete the Terrapin Strong Onboarding
One of the required orientation modules being introduced this year is a TerrapinSTRONG onboarding that will introduce our community, traditions, values and expectations, explore our institution’s history, engage you in a discussion of social identities and how they shape experiences, and give you concrete examples of how we can all contribute to a more inclusive community in our work and lives.  All new students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the onboarding.

STEP 5 - Download Your Certificate
Once all of the “required” modules are marked complete, you can download and save your PDF certificate for your records.  All graduate students are strongly encouraged to complete the orientation, and some programs may require it prior to the start of the semester.

We also invite you to share your orientation experience on social with your fellow GradTerps, and with us, using the hashtag #NewGradTerps. Please also send us any questions you have at or call 301-405-3644. We're here to help you thrive and succeed!

Updated June 30, 2022