Academics & Campus

The Graduate School 

The Graduate School is part of the University’s administration that works to assist academic departments serving students seeking advanced degrees.

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Graduate Catalog: An Academic Guide

The Graduate Catalog is maintained by the Graduate School and contains descriptions of graduate degree programs and their course offerings, university procedures for admission, registration, graduation, and a listing of graduate faculty and university policies and procedures.

Graduate School Writing Resources

The Graduate School has a web page of tips and strategies for handling basic writing issues and tools for tackling writing/editing issues in specific disciplines. Technical aspects of grammar and spelling are addressed, as well as dealing with challenges such as writer’s block.

Teaching & Learning Transformation Center (TLTC)

The TLTC inspires and supports effective, engaging, efficient, and equitable teaching innovations among the University’s instructors and assistants. Our team provides faculty, students, and staff with training, resources, professional development activities, and individualized consultation to transform their classrooms and careers.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Resource Guide

The Graduate Teaching Assistant Resource Guide provides an overview of campus policies and resources of interest to all GTAs.

University Libraries

Graduate students have special library privileges similar to faculty. Check out the Guide for Faculty and Graduate Students page to learn more about reserving and borrowing privileges, apply for study carrels, orientation programs, seminars and more.

Learning Assistance Services

Academic counseling, academic success workshops, guided study sessions, math learning program

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Disability Support Services



Campus parking is managed by the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS). Students can purchase permits by the semester via their website. For students who aren’t interested in a regular parking pass, there are some limited meter, hourly parking, and special passes available.


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Student Life & Community

Graduate Student Government

The GSG has three primary functions: advocating on behalf of graduate students at the University of Maryland, funding social events intended to create a vibrant graduate student community, and fostering and celebrating excellence in graduate student research.

The Memorial Chapel

The University has approved chaplains representing 14 faith communities. The Memorial Chapel offers programming designed to help students tap into their spirituality to address life issues and find more balance in day-to-day living in addition to exploring different religious faiths. Many of the chaplains have offices located in Memorial Chapel.

Off-Campus Housing Services (OCH)

The Off-Campus Housing Services Office in the Stamp Student Union provides a wide range of print and online services to assist you with your housing search. Resources include the OCH Database, a searchable database of available rental properties and a space to post your roommate profile and search for potential roommates.

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International Students

Office of International Affairs (OIA)

OIA’s mission is to enhance the international activities and character of UMD, by acting as the interface for students and faculty going abroad/coming to College Park; encouraging, assisting, and coordinating the international components of UMD academic units, programs, and initiatives; and organizing programming to internationalize the outlook of UMD students, faculty, and staff, to ultimately bring the resources of UMD to the world. OIA includes the following units: International Student & Scholar Services, Education Abroad, Confucius Institute, Maryland China Initiative.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Education Abroad

Confucius Institute

Maryland China Initiative

International Student Repatriation Services

The University of Maryland offers a group insurance policy which provides emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance as required for J-1 visa holders. It is recommended that all other visa holders carry this insurance. Coverage provides emergency medical evacuation up to $25,000 or repatriation of mortal remains up to $10,000.




Office of the Bursar

The Bursar’s office is your resource center for checking your balance, paying your bills, receiving refunds, making payments and more.


Emergency Loans

If you are in a bind, you can get emergency money from the Graduate School to help out. Depending on the situation, you can receive up to $500 in an interest-free loan that must be repaid in 60 days.

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Income Tax Form Assistance

Every year during March and April, the Graduate School brings a tax consultant onto campus to provide free tax form assistance for graduate students. The service is open to all graduate students, but it is recommended that international students use OIS’s online tax help services ( due to their special needs.



Health & Mental Health

UMD Health Center

The University Health Center (UHC) is staffed by physicians, physician assistants, and registered nurse practitioners. Services to all registered students include: urgent care, a walk-in clinic, x-ray and laboratory services, a pharmacy, an allergy clinic, HIV testing, international travel clinic, physical therapy, women’s health services, orthopedics, immunizations, health education, massage therapy, acupuncture, substance abuse programs and counseling, and mental health services.

Campus Recreation Services (CRS)

CRS offers a wide variety of services for fitness, health and wellness, including: group fitness programs, personal training, a campus bike shop, climbing wall, basketball courts, a sauna/steam room, etc.

Health Insurance

Graduate assistants are provided health insurance through the university employee health program; details of available plans and benefits are available at the University’s Human Resources Benefits website. Graduate students without an assistantship may purchase a plan through the University-sponsored health insurance program with UnitedHealthcare.

The Counseling Center

Individual, group, and couples counseling/psychotherapy; help for both personal/social issues and educational/vocational concerns; crisis management; consultation and outreach; psychology, personality, and career interest testing; off-campus referrals


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Mental Health Services in the Health Center


Campus Chaplains


HELP Center (peer to peer support)

301.314.HELP (4357)


Diversity Resources & Outreach Programs

Physics Lecture Demonstration Facility

The Lecture Demonstration Facility at the University of Maryland is designed to help faculty spark student interest, identify misconceptions, help students make predictions, facilitate discussion, and reinforce curricular concepts. In addition to classroom integration, the Lecture Demonstration Facility is home to public outreach programs and partnerships. The most famous of these, Physics is Phun, has a long history of making physics accessible to the community.

Physics Outreach

The Physics Department at UMD actively seeks to engage the greater Washington, DC/Maryland community through a variety of outreach programs. With help from our faculty, staff, and world-class lecture demonstration facility, our programs bring education and entertainment to a wide array of audiences.

LGBT Equity Office

The Office of LGBT Equity is a unit within the Division of Academic Affairs and reports to the Associate Provost for Diversity and Equity. It is an institutional member of the National Consortium of Directors of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources in Higher Education.

Graduate Lambda Coalition

Active graduate student organization at Maryland.

Rainbow Walk-In Hours at the Counseling Center

The Counseling Center’s Rainbow Walk-In Hour is a program designed specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) students or students from LGBT headed families.

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A web-based road map for the equity and diversity offerings on campus.

UMD Diversity Database

The University of Maryland’s Diversity Database is a comprehensive index of multicultural and diversity resources.

Gender-Neutral or Unisex Restrooms on Campus

This is a list of the gender-neutral or unisex restrooms on campus.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides active oversight, coordination, and evaluation of the University of Maryland’s equity, diversity, and inclusion activities; manages and tracks implementation of the Strategic Plan for Diversity; and encourages and supports the efforts of units to achieve their diversity goals.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE)

The mission of OMSE is to serve undergraduate multi-ethnic students to increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation, and overall GPA.

Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA)

MICA empowers students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, and their intersections. In support of UMD’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, MICA advances a purposeful campus climate that capitalizes on the educational benefits of diversity, through student-centered advising, advocacy, programs, research, and practices.




Department of Public Safety

The police officers who watch over the College Park campus. Their website has information on campus safety and security information, contact numbers, and crime alerts.

Campus Advocates Respond and Education (C.A.R.E.) to Stop Violence

24-hour hotline: 301.741.3442

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct

Supports the University's commitment to a working and learning environment free from sexual misconduct and discrimination. OCRSM is responsible for overseeing and implementing the University's compliance with Title IX as well as other federal and state civil rights laws and regulations.



Parents Listserv

Connect with other parents, ask questions about area resources, find event information, and more

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Mothers Lounge

This newly-minted space includes: a refrigerator, counter-tops, comfy chairs, pump storage, and a private swipe-in door.

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Lactation Rooms on Campus

The locations below are open to students, staff, faculty, and visitors and have restricted access. For details and contact information, please refer to

Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life, Room 2103 (Second Floor)

Request the key from the Information Desk in the main lobby near the Stamp front entrance.

The Ellicott Diner (The Diner), Inside Main Lobby

Request the key from any cashier.

School of Public Health, Room 1232

The facilities coordinator in the dean’s office (room 2242) grants card swipe access for students, faculty, and staff or opens the room for visitors.

McKeldin Library, Room 4235

Keys are lent on a monthly basis after completing a reservation form.

Clark School of Engineering, 1131 Martin Hall

Request use of this small conference room from staff. This space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Behavioral and Social Sciences, Tydings Hall (042), Room 4124

Space does not need to be reserved. In the instance the space is needed for an extended period of time, please contact your respective department for card access.

Business School Lactation Rooms

A dedicated lactation room is currently being designed for the Smith School in Van Munching Hall and will be available in 2014. Until then, Smith School faculty, staff, or students who need access to a lactation room should contact their departmental coordinator or supervisor to arrange use of a private room. Visitors to Van Munching Hall should contact Lee Comstock at 301.405.2189.

Changing Stations on Campus

The stations tend to be in buildings that are newly constructed or recently renovated.

Stamp Student Union

Changing stations are available in both men’s and women’s bathrooms on the ground floor next to the Chevy Chase Bank.

Campus Recreation Services

The CRS have a private family dressing room (includes changing station) and is located on the pool level next to the men’s locker room.

Van Munching Hall

The UMD Business School in Van Munching Hall has changing stations in both men’s and women’s bathrooms on the first floor of its new wing.

Health Center

Changing stations available in both men’s and women’s bathrooms.

Family Care Resource and Referral Service

This new service was created to assist University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students with their family care needs and concerns. The university has contracted with Family Care Resources (FCR), an experienced consulting company, to provide free consultations and seminars to ease the stress of finding child care and elder care resources.

The Center for Healthy Families

The Center for Healthy Families is the couple and family therapy clinic housed in the Department of Family Science. The Center provides family therapy to residents of surrounding communities, training for the Department’s clinical graduate students, and a site for clinical research.

The Center for Young Children

The Center for Young Children is an early childhood development center dedicated to providing an exemplary early childhood program and committed to fostering the continued growth and development of each child on a cognitive, physical, emotional, and social level.

Graduate Student Life Family Programs and Resources

Graduate Student Life organizes a variety of programs and events for graduate students with families throughout the year.