UMD: A Globally Connected University

Get Connected @UMD

Getting to know other students and finding a community on campus is one of the most important factors of a successful and enjoyable experience for new students. There are so many ways to get involved! You will discover more when you start taking classes and get to know the campus, but here are some ideas to give you an overview and a chance to start looking around and see what might interest you:

ISSS Activities

Our office holds International Coffee Hour every Wednesday during the semester, usually from 3:00pm-4:30pm in Dorchester Basement Lounge. This weekly get-together is a great way to meet new people and reconnect with friends over some free coffee and snacks. ISSS also offers monthly excursions that help you explore the area. Look out for announcements! All ISSS events are published in our newsletter ISSS News that you will receive weekly as well as our Facebook page and Twitter account. Make sure to like and follow us to stay in the loop.


Student Organizations


At the University of Maryland, we have over 300 student organizations and we are sure there is one for you. Start browsing at


Leadership and Community Service Learning


Do you care about a certain issue and want to get involved or just want to give back to the community? Develop your leadership skills and get to know other students? Find your fit at


Engagement Team


Whether you are a Graduate student, a transfer student, living off-campus, or interested in becoming involved though a religious organization, the Engagement Team has a place for you. They also run lots of social activities. Learn more at


Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy [MICA]


Interested in issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion and their intersections? Learn about MICA's programs and services for students at the University of Maryland and see what diversity-related events are occurring on campus at


Campus Recreation Services


Stay fit and healthy through one of our many Campus Recreation programs. Whether you want to just work out, take a swim, join a team, or climb a rock wall, we have something for you. Get started at


Support the Terps


One of the many benefits of going to a Big Ten school is that you get to see outstanding sports teams right on your campus. Whether you just want to see a game or become a wholehearted Maryland Terps fan, get all your UMD athletics information at


Engage your Artistic Side


Art galleries, music, dance and theater performances, non-credit classes in painting, photography, or dance? We have it all! Whether you want to create or watch, be sure to take advantage of the many opportunities to engage your artistic side at UMD. Start exploring at