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The Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office develops and directs high impact undergraduate programs and manages campus-wide policies and initiatives. Focused on student success, the Office strives to ensure every undergraduate student's access to campus courses and programs, enhancement of the academic experience, and graduation. The Office of Undergraduate Studies leads General Education, transformative teaching initiatives, and campus-wide advising guidelines and practices. The Office encompasses many critical units, programs, and activities, including:

  • The Honors College, College Park Scholars, Carillon Communities, and Beyond the Classroom
  • Federal Semester, Global Semester in Washington, DC, and Hillman Entrepreneurs
  • Letters and Sciences, New Student Orientation, Academic Achievement Programs, and the National Scholarships Office
  • Asian American Studies, Individual Studies, and Air Force and Army ROTC

Undergraduate Studies News Rundown

MacKenzie Burnett at podiumIndividual Studies Student Mackenzie Burnett delivers student speech at UMD commencement.


AAST Director Janelle Wong speaks at 15th anniversary eventAsian American Studies Program students, alumni, faculty, staff , and supporters celebrate the program's 15th Year.

Acdemic Achievement Programs studentsAcademic Achievement Programs (AAP) Mark Success with High Graduation and Retention Rates


UMD President Loh accepts award on behalf of the Terp BattalionU.S. Army ROTC Award Ranks Terp Battalion as #1 in Mid-Atlantic Region

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New Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Dr. William A. Cohen has been appointed the new Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Cohen is professor of English and has served as chairperson of that department for the last three years. Previously he was director of undergraduate studies (2006-09) and associate chair (2010-12) of English. He replaces Professor Donna B. Hamilton who stepped down from the position on June 30 to return to the English Department.

Dr. Cohen will take over the leadership position when the current selection for chairperson of English is completed. Dr. Douglas Roberts, currently an Associate Dean in Undergraduate Studies, will serve as interim Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Undergraduate Studies Teaching and Staff Awards

Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award: Kalyana Chadha, Director of College Park Scholars Media, Self, and Society, and Assistant Professor in the Merrill College of Journalism

General Education Teaching Award: Patricia Shields, Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

Non-exempt/Exempt Staff Award: Marsha Botts, Program Management Specialist, Academic Achievement Programs

Graduate Student Staff Award: Brendan Butler, Federal and Global Semesters

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Cara Hamel, New Student Orientation

Other News of Note

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