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Sophomore Year

The sophomore year can be a time of uncertainty and students may experience a “sophomore slump.” And it’s no wonder!  Sophomores experience a whole new set of stressors than they did during the first year. The thrill of the first year has faded and your student may be questioning some of the choices they made, they may think that everyone else has their future figured out, and they may feel added pressure from you to choose a specific path. And in the midst of it all, some may wonder if UMD is the right place for them. There is also added pressure to declare a major, find an internship, identify study abroad and/or service-learning opportunities, and more.  The academic pressures increase, while the energy levels decrease.

In this year of soul-searching, it is important for sophomores to stay active and connected to the university community. Whether through involvement in student activities, or sporting some Terp Pride at one of our football games, these connections and supports will serve students through their “sophomore slump” and throughout their career at Maryland.

After their freshman year of exploration, the sophomore year is a time for students to find direction, and to start to move toward graduation with a chosen major. This year is also a time for students to begin to consider their future after college, and start to look into opportunities to explore their career aspirations. Encourage your student to identify and pursue some goal-centered activities to help explore some of their interests. Also be aware that your student may lean on you more this year as a support system to help him or her through what can be a confusing and overwhelming time for many students. Your advice and guidance, as well as your role as a mentor, will help anchor your student and propel them to have a successful year.

 “Do good and be well” should be the mantra for the year.

Note: Students will no longer receive mid-semester/Early Warning Grades.

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The safety, health, and well-being of each and every resident is a matter of utmost concern for the Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities at the University of Maryland.  Our comprehensive Moisture Control Plan to address high humidity that may occur in the future is tailored to each affected residence hall.

As we complete this academic year, the Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities are looking to the year ahead, and to welcoming new and returning Terps to campus in the fall. We want to update you on our efforts to address moisture issues in our residence halls and share the most up-to-date information about our past and upcoming work.

Ya estamos en plena temporada de resfriados, gripes y virus, y usted quizá ya es consciente de que hubo varios casos de infecciones de Adenovirus entre nuestros estudiantes durante el semestre pasado y las vacaciones.

Monday, March 25, 2019

The University of Maryland has named Georgina Dodge, PhD as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.

Katherine Tully, Ph.D., assistant professor of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, was recently awarded $1.1 million by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to further her research on sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The University of Maryland has named Damon Evans as Athletic Director of the Maryland Terrapins.

Oct 18 to Oct 20 : Family Weekend 2019

Join parents and families from around the country as we celebrate the university's 39th annual Family Weekend. Save the dates for Family Weekend: October 18-20, 2019! Registration opens August 20th at 9:00 AM EST! 

Oct 27 to Nov 03 : Homecoming 2019

Homecoming week is packed with the best the University of Maryland has to offer: Thrilling athletics. Football tailgates. Mouthwatering eats. Laugh-till-you-cry comedy. New and renewed connections. And a triple scoop of fearless ideas, topped with Terp pride.

Nov 27 to Dec 01 : Thanksgiving Break
Dec 09 : Last Day of Classes
Dec 10 : Reading Day