Spring Orientation, Advisement & Registration

OAR Overview

One of the main ways we offer support in your journey to UMD is through the Bulldog Orientation, Advisement & Registration (OAR) program. Mandatory for all incoming students, Bulldog OAR will introduce you to campus resources available to you throughout your time as a student, help you to begin to understand your UMD academics here, lift holds from your student account, and give you a chance to meet other students going through the same experience as you! 

Spring OAR is a two-part experience. First, students will attend a synchronous virtual Orientation followed by a virtual 1:1 Advisement & Registration appointment. 

Log into your Application Portal and make sure you are completing your Checklist. Updates will be emailed to you when new Checklist items are available

Application Portal for Your Next Steps

Virtual Orientation

Through our virtual Bulldog OAR experience, you and your guests can connect with the UMD community via an engaging Zoom session. Towards the end of the orientation, easily schedule your personalized 1-1 Advisement & Registration appointment.

Students are encouraged to invite any guests to attend the Virtual Orientation program to share in all sessions that are offered. All guests must be registered by the student in order to attend. 

Students and registered guests will receive event specific details via email regarding the student/guest itineraries and other next steps. 

Please consider the following recommendations: 

  • Know your UMD email username and password
  • Prepare your personal computer/ or internet device and charger (your phone won’t be as useful as other, larger devices). 
  • Ensure your software is up-to-date (e.g., your computer’s operating software, Zoom, your web browser of choice, etc.)
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This webinar series will provide you with virtual liveopportunities to learn about what it’s like to be a student at UMD, how you can prepare for life at UMD, and ask questions about what YOU want to know.