University of Maryland Office of Undergraduate Studies
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The Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Develops and directs high impact academic programs for undergraduate students.
  • Supports and recognizes excellence in teaching.
  • Fosters equity, diversity, and social justice.
  • Manages the availability of undergraduate instruction so that 26,000 students can register for a full load of courses each semester, completing both General Education and academic major requirements.
  • Maintains an ambitious menu of undergraduate advising guidelines and practices to ensure degree completion.


The National Scholarship Office has once more led the University of Maryland to be one of the nation's top producers of national scholarships for our students — including Boren Scholarship Award leader for third straight year, three Goldwater Scholarships, a Truman Scholarship, and a Marshall Scholarship. Read more—»

Developing the Academic Experience

Extending Scholarship in Living-Learning

Expanding Opportunities

Offering Academic Enhancement

Fostering Academic Success

Recognizing Academic Excellence

Message from the Dean

This year our General Education program is close to full implementation with the development of over 160 I-Series and 200 Scholarship in Practice courses. I-Series courses challenge students to wrestle with big questions and with how different disciplines address them. Both these innovative curricular initiatives emphasize high levels of student-faculty engagement and teamwork.

We launch two new programs this academic year.
College Park Scholars Justice and Legal Thought is a collaboration with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Carey Law School at the University of Maryland Baltimore. This program and its companion minor, Law and Society, will bring law faculty to our campus, greatly enriching our intellectual life. Carillon Communities is a new living-learning program with three cohorts: Once and Future Planet (from Geology), iGive (from the Center for Philanthropy in the School of Public Affairs), and Write Now (from English and creative writing, anchored in Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House). We are proud of these new programs, and eager to watch their development and success.

These are but a selection of the many ways our programs enhance and enrich the academic lives of our undergraduate students

Donna B. Hamilton
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and
Dean for Undergraduate Studies


Ryan Curtis (Psychology), UGST Teaching Award
Melissa Hayes-Gehrke (Astronomy) General Education Teaching Award
Theresa Bevilacqua (Letters and Sciences), Non-exempt/Exempt Staff Award
Max Gross (Federal Semester/Global Semester/ IVSP), Graduate Student Staff Award
Fan Wu (Center for Teaching Excellence), Undergraduate Student Staff Award

I-Series courses profiled in Chronicle of Higher Education.

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UMD discontinues participation in the Academic Common Market
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UGST Facts

· Half of UMD's fall freshmen class enroll in Honors or Scholars programs.

· Approximately 3,600 students enroll in Letters & Sciences each year.

· This past summer over 5000 freshmen and transfer students attended our two day freshman orientation program.

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Office of Undergraduate Studies
2110 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
email: | phone: 301.405.9363 | fax: 301.405.9896
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