New Student FAQs

General Questions

Where can I find the ENTS New Student Checklist?

When do I need to accept or decline the admissions offer?

How do I join the ENTS email LIST SERV?

Where can I find tuition, billing, and payment information?

Does the University of Maryland offer any tuition payment plans?

I am unable to register for courses, when will I be able to register?

What immunization information do I need to bring with me to the University of Maryland?

Will I be assigned an academic advisor?

When are the placement exams? And do I need to register to take the exams?

My admission letter states that I need to submit my official baccalaureate transcript showing evidence of date and award of degree. What does this mean?

How do I find an on-campus job or graduate assistantship?

International Students

Where do I find information about International Student Orientation and other International Student specific needs?

My admissions letter states that I need to satisfy the provision of English Proficiency by taking the Maryland English Writing Test (MEWT) and/or the Maryland English Institute Proficiency Exam (MEIPE). What does this mean?

Can I update my address when my I-20 is ready to ship to me?

Who can I contact to follow up on my I-20 status if I have not received it within the 4 week timeline?

After I receive my I-20, how do I apply for a student visa?

Can you tell me a little bit about American culture and what to expect?


General Questions

Where can I find the New Student Checklist?
Right here

When do I need to accept or decline the admissions offer?
The ENTS Program Office asks that you complete the Enrollment Form within your Hobsons Application by June 15 for Fall and by December 15 for Spring. You may also receive an additional "Intent to Enroll/RSVP" email from the Program Office regarding your plans to register for courses and orientation activities. It is helpful in our planning if you could also complete this form. For international students who are declining the offer and do not want to request an I-20, you must also log into iTerp to decline the offer in order to end the ISSS email notifications.

How do I join the ENTS email LISTSERV?
Once you have established your university email account, please add yourself to the ENTS Student List Serv by emailing listserv@listserv.umd.edu with the message "subscribe ents-students <Your Name>" in the body of the email. You will receive confirmation of this addition after you have registered for courses. All students are responsible for all information that is sent via the listserv. This is the ENTS Program Office's primary method of communication with students regarding announcements and deadlines.

Where can I find tuition, billing, and payment information?
All of these questions can be answered at the Bursar's Office. Please note that tuition due dates are associated with the date of your registration. If you have questions about your student financial account, you need to contact the Bursar's Office. The ENTS Program Office does not have access to any of your financial information.

Does the University of Maryland offer any tuition payment plans?
The Bursar's Office is the place to go for information about the Terp Payment Plan. You can find out more information about how to enroll and how the plan works. 

I am unable to register for courses, when will I be able to register?
Registration for new students will open at the beginning of August for Fall entrants and in January for Spring entrants. Be on the look out for an email from the ENTS Program Office with more information about course registration in late July or December.

What immunization information do I need to bring with me to the University of Maryland?
All students are required to fill out and submit the Immunization Form prior to the first day of classes. This form can be faxed or mailed directly to the University Health Center. Please refer here for more information. International students should review this information regarding requirements.

Will I be assigned an academic advisor?
All students will meet their academic advisor at the Orientation Sessions. Your academic advisor will also open appointments specifically for new students the week before classes start. At this meeting you can discuss your course selections for your first semester and any questions that you might have. You will be able to make changes to your registration without any trouble.

When are the placement exams? And do I need to register to take the exams?
Please see the Placement Exam page for specific details. You do not need to register to take the exam, but you will be asked to show your University ID card or official ID when you sign in. Please be prepared with your UID# and arrive early to sign in. The exams will begin at the stated times and we will not allow late students to take the exams.

My admissions letter states that I need to submit my official baccalaureate transcript showing evidence of date and award of degree. What does this mean?
If your admission letter states that you need to submit your final transcripts you will need to mail or bring a hard copy, official, transcript and degree certificate to UMD. Your transcripts must show the degree awarded. If you are still completing your degree, you should submit your final official hard copy transcript after you complete your program. This provision needs to be met by the end of your first semester at UMD. Your transcript should have originated in your institutions Registrar's Office and be delivered in a sealed enveloped. For expedited service, you can hand deliver your documents to the Graduate School. They are located in 2123 Lee Building. 

Or you can mail your documents to:

University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operations, Attn: Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

Make sure to include your full name, DOB, and UID. If you only have access to one official copy, you may bring this copy to the Graduate School to add to your records.

How do I find an on-campus job or graduate assistantship?
Engineering Career Services has put together a great resource for finding on-campus jobs and graduate assistantships. Please be mindful of the application process and conscientious of the employers time. You will hear more information from the Career Services Office at your ENTS orientation session.


International Students

Where do I find information about International Student Orientation and other International Student specific needs?
ISSS provides a great resource for international students. Please check out New Student Central to help you through all areas of the process.

My admissions letter states that I have an English condition of enrollment. What does this mean?
If your TOEFL/IELTS scores did not meet the Minimum English Proficiency requirements, your admission letter likely states that you are required to take either Advanced English, the English Bridge Program, or English Writing. We strongly suggest that you retake the TOELF/IELTS exam prior to arriving on campus. You may submit as many additional scores as you would like before July 15 to attempt to meet the minimum requirements. If you have questions about your condition of enrollment, please contact the Graduate School.

Can I update my address when my I-20 is ready to ship to me?
Yes, make sure to update your current mailing address within the iTerp system and the EShipGlobal system. We encourage you to pay for the shipping for your I-20 upfront. This will help to avoid any delays once your I-20 is ready to ship.

Who can I contact to follow up on my I-20 status if I have not received it within the 4 week timeline?
Please contact ISSS directly. The ENTS Program Office does not have access to specific details about your I-20. You can log back into the iTerp system for status updates on your I-20 at any time. 

After I receive my I-20, how do I apply for a student visa?
ISSS provides information about how to apply for your visa.

Can you tell me a little bit about American culture and what to expect?
ISSS provides a helpful resource in their Arrival Guide, specifically about Cultural Basics. Also, take some time to review Adjusting to American Business Culture, provided by the Engineering Career Services Office.