New and Transfer Student Information

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

2021 Health Requirements: Trainings, Insurance Waiver, and Immunizations

Dear Terp:

Welcome to the University of Maryland!  We are delighted that you have chosen to study at our great institution.  We and our colleagues truly look forward to our year together.  

As you prepare to join our campus community this fall, we want to provide you with information about necessary items that must be completed before you begin your semester. Know that these requirements are designed to keep you and members of our community as healthy and safe as possible.

Required Online Training

You are required to complete three online educational programs that will set you up for success. These programs are:

1.      AlcoholEdu
2.      Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Course
3.      Sexual Assault Prevention Program

These programs will present information to equip you with knowledge and skills to help you make responsible decisions regarding alcohol, prevent drug misuse and addiction, and recognize and respond to sexual assault and harassment.

You will have access to all three training programs beginning Monday, August 2. Each training session has two parts. Part one of each training session must be completed by Monday, August 23, one week before the start of the fall semester. 

You will receive an email reminder from on August 2 with instructions for logging in and completing the training. Training will be accessible 24/7. 

Each training program has a required Part 2, consisting of a brief follow-up survey that will become available to you 45 days after Part 1 is completed. You must complete both parts to be in compliance with these training programs. You will receive an email notification reminder to complete Part 2 to fulfill the training requirement.

We also hope you will talk openly and often with your parents and family about the complex issues addressed in these training sessions.  If you are interested, additional resources are available at 

Please note the following information regarding access information and important dates:

  • You will need your Directory ID and Password to log in to Foundry. If you need help with your Directory ID, please visit the Identity Verification site to look up your directory entry. 
  • The courses will be accessible 24/7 and must be completed by the dates noted above.  You will be able to stop, save your work, and return to the course to complete it at your own pace.
  • Each program varies in duration and has two parts that include pre-and post-surveys. Post-surveys will follow 45 days after you have completed part 1 of the AlcoholEdu, Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and the Sexual Assault Prevention Program. 
    • Part 1 of each training course must be completed by August 23, 2021
    • Part 2 of each training course must be completed by November 4, 2021
  • To complete the online programs, you will need a computer/tablet with internet access, audio capabilities, Flash 8.0 or higher, and Adobe Acrobat reader.

If you have questions about the required training, please contact Madeleine Moore (Alcohol and Other Drugs Program Coordinator, Health Promotion and Wellness Services) or Charlotte Sheffield (Assistant Coordinator, CARE to Stop Violence) at

Proof of Health Insurance

The Universities at Shady Grove University of Maryland students are exempt from the proof of health insurance requirement at this time. You and your family/guardian(s) may have received a letter earlier this month concerning the same University Health Center requirements. Please disregard this section regarding Proof of Health Insurance within that letter. We apologize for any confusion that may have caused you.

All undergraduate students taking six or more credits are required to have health insurance.  You can show proof of health insurance by completing an online “hard waiver” found at, or you can purchase the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  The University sponsors SHIP, an affordable, high-quality plan that covers students at the University Health Center and across the country. Please visit the University Health Center website at for more information. 

Please note that providing proof of health insurance is an annual process that must be completed each academic year. 

The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is billed to your student account in July, August, or September, depending on when you register for classes unless you have already submitted an approved health insurance waiver for the upcoming academic year. This charge will be credited back, provided you complete the waiver by September 15, 2021.  After September 15, no refunds are possible for this charge.  Please visit if you have questions about the process or contact the University Health Center Insurance & Billing Office at or 301-314-8165.

Proof of Immunizations

To ensure the health and safety of all students on our campus, the University requires that all students submit proof of immunizations by the first day of fall classes, August 30, 2021.  For more information about required vaccines, please visit

The Immunization Record form can be found by visiting You can scan and upload the completed form and enter your immunization information by going to, using your Directory ID and password to log in. Use of the UMD Immunization Record form is preferred, but immunization documentation from a medical provider is also acceptable. If you experience difficulty submitting the form through, you may fax the completed Immunization Record form to the Immunization Clinic at 301-314-5234. 

Students who have not completed the immunization form or have incomplete immunization information will not be allowed to register for future classes until all requirements have been met.  Once your immunization record is reviewed, you will receive an email about its status and whether additional information is required. For assistance or more information, please call the Immunization Clinic at 301-314-8114.

You have already received information regarding the required COVID-19 vaccination verification. Please visit for more information.

Thank you for taking the time to attend to these important matters. These requirements represent our community values regarding the health and wellness of all Terps and are designed to keep you and our community as healthy and safe as possible. We look forward to supporting you this upcoming academic year.  We cannot wait to meet you soon!

Stay healthy and well, Terp!

Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs



Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.

Director, University Health Center

Chief Medical Officer





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:

  • Two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)  vaccine doses or blood titer evidence of immunity

  • One meningitis ACWY vaccine dose within 3 years of arrival at UMD for undergraduate students

  • One tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine dose within the last 10 years

  • Completion of a tuberculosis risk screening questionnaire and additional testing depending on your responses to the screening questions.

Our Immunization Record Form must be completed and uploaded prior to your arrival to campus. New students may submit your information online beginning June 1.

Prevention Education

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)

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 condition 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.

Behavioral Health Information for New and Transfer Students

Behavioral Health Services

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?

Our Behavioral Health staff understands 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 stress management 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.

The Health Center provides the following Behavioral Health services to students on campus:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management when indicated
  • Crisis intervention
  • 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 Health Promotion and Wellness Services 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.

Helpful Numbers and Websites

University of Maryland Counseling Center, (301) 314-7651

Disability Support Services, (301) 314-7682

Center for Healthty Families, (301) 405-3659

Psychology Clinic, (301) 405-4808

Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic & Research Lab, (301) 405-5820

Eppley Recreation Center, (301) 226-4500


University of Maryland Help Center, (301) 314-HELP

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009.  These resources are both available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

University of Maryland Police Department, (301) 405-3333