Welcome to the University of Maryland! We hope that your time as a new Terp will be happy and healthy.
For both undergraduate and graduate students, we are happy to help to serve as your Medical Home when you are a student at the University of Maryland! Our providers can often help to coordinate care in the College Park area by providing primary care and referring to local specialty care, when needed.
Health-related Requirements for New Students
Immunizations (all new undergraduate and graduate students): In order to keep our community healthy and free from vaccine preventable diseases, we require that all new students submit evidence of a number of immunizations. Required vaccines include:
Prevention Education (new first year students): All first-year students must also complete an online health education program prior to arrival on campus.
Mandatory Health Insurance/Hard Waiver
Mandatory Health Insurance/Hard Waiver (all undergraduate students planning to enroll in 6 or more credits)
Are you new to University of Maryland?
Are you beginning college or are you transferring?
Do you have a history of mental health treatment or concerns?
The Behavioral Health Service knows that starting at the University of Maryland can be a stressful transition for many students, whether you are a freshman, transfer student, international student, or graduate student. Transition times are often stressful, requiring new coping skills. They often lead to new emotional or psychological issues, or lead to a relapse of previously existing mental health conditions. Whatever the case, there is help at the University of Maryland.
Behavioral Health Information for New and Transfer Students
Behavioral Health Services
The Behavioral Health Service provides the following services to students on campus:
Psychiatric evaluation and medication management when indicated
Evaluation and short-term individual psychotherapy
Whether you have had past mental health concerns or you are currently dealing with mental health challenges while preparing for a transition, there are things you can do to help this transition be as smooth as possible. Here are some suggestions:
Start planning now for the transition before arriving to campus. Discuss strategies with family members and friends or your current mental health provider for what you will do if symptoms of pre-existing conditions begin to recur or intensify.
If appropriate, meet with your psychiatrist or family doctor to review medications you are currently taking. Make sure you have enough medication refills to tie you over during the transition.
Consider continuing to meet periodically with your current mental health professional during your first semester on campus rather than starting with someone new at the Mental Health Service, if possible. Continuity can be very helpful during this transition. Of course, if you are from out of town, the Mental Health Service will be happy to evaluate you to see if we can provide treatment for you here.
Prescriptions can be transferred from your home pharmacy to the Pharmacy in the University Health Center. It is located on the first floor of the Health Center.
It is always important to take medication as prescribed. It is also always important to avoid using alcohol or other drugs.
If you are thinking of transferring your care to the Mental Health Service, please bring with you a summary of your treatment by your home care-provider. Also, it is helpful to have enough medication available until you can be seen at the Mental Health Service. Depending on the time of the semester, waiting time for initial intake appointments can vary from one to three weeks.
Maintain or develop a strong support system of family, friends, and others. Be involved in daily activities you enjoy.
Develop a stress management plan and get adequate sleep. Increased stress and lack of sleep often can contribute to recurrence or flare up of mental health concerns. Check out the Health Center's Wellness Program for tips on stress management and taking care of yourself.
If you are in crisis or are experiencing an emergency, please contact us as soon as possible. Our number is (301) 314-8106; we are on the second floor of the University Health Center. Tell the person answering the phone that you are in crisis or in an emergency situation and need to be seen urgently.
We hope that this information is helpful to you as you settle in to campus. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Mental Health Service if you have questions or to explore recommendations tailored to your particular mental health needs. Call (301) 314-8106 to ask about our services or to make an appointment.
If you have ongoing medical issues, we encourage you to contact us before your arrival, send records to the University Health Center and schedule an appointment with a medical provider to discuss your situation soon after you arrive. A treatment summary from your primary care doctor is most helpful. This will help to avoid any delays in receiving care on your arrival on campus.