Contact GSL

0121 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


What are Welcome Weeks?

The transition to Graduate School can be difficult and overwhelming. Graduate Student Life is committed to helping new Grads get adjusted. To facilitate this, we are offering "Graduate Student Welcome Weeks," two weeks of programming designed to spread awareness about the various on and off-campus services the University has to offer.

Remember, every event will have a chance to win giveaways, and those who pre-register and attend are automatically entered to win grand prizes.

Welcome Weeks 2016 Schedule

Pre-registration is required for DC walking tours and recommended, but not required, for all other events. (Attendees who preregister for events are elligible to win grand prizes!

Check out this year's schedule below:

Tour of DC's National Mall
This event will be offered twice, so choose the one that works best for you! Registration is required.
Join Graduate Student Life as we lead groups of new graduate students to the National Mall, exploring the sites and memorials in our nation’s capital. Students will need to bring $10 to purchase a SmartTrip Card for metro fare.  Welcome Weeks staff will teach attendees to navigate the bus and metro from College Park to downtown DC for the tour.

August 21st, 2016 11:00am-1:30pm, meet in the Graduate Student Lounge
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August 27th,  2016 11:00am-1:30pm, meet by Testudo in the Stamp
Register at  

Destination: College Park
Our Destination: College Park event focuses on transportation in and around College Park. This includes information on parking, public transportation on and around campus, important destinations nearby (including grocery stores), and popular sites in the DMV area (like the Smithsonian Museums in Washington!)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 4:00pm-5:30pm
Benjamin Banneker Rm 2212, The Stamp
Preregister at to be entered to win a grand prize!

Social Justice Networking Lunch: Brought to you by MICA and Graduate Student Life
Are you a graduate student with an interest in Social Justice advocacy or research? Come to this Networking Lunch for new and current graduate students! Let MICA and Graduate Student Life treat you to pizza while you get to connect to fellow students with similar interests. Due to limited space, registration is required.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 12:00pm, Graduate Student Lounge Rm 0121, The Stamp - Preregister at

Destination Families:  Us, you, and your family too!
 (A friendly reminder they’re Terps now too!)
Feel free to stop by during this open-house style event for information and resources regarding starting a family while a graduate student, resources for students with young children, and resources for grads with families. Kid friendly snacks are provided.
(Children are welcome at this workshop! Small activities will be provided for them during the session.)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2015 4pm-6pm
Graduate Student Lounge 0121, The Stamp
Preregister at to be entered to win a grand prize!

GradTerp Campus-wide Scavenger Hunt
Graduate Student Life's annual Welcome Weeks Scavenger Hunt is a great opportunity for new GradTerps to make new friends, win cool prizes, and learn more about the campus and resources that are available to them as a GradTerp.
August 25th, 2016 12:00pm-4:00pm
Grand Ballroom Rm 1209, The Stamp
Preregister at 

Destination Finance: How GradTerps get paid at UMD
Curious about how you're going to finance your graduate degree? Destination: Finance is a Graduate Student Life Welcome Weeks workshop designed to help you learn more about the options available to you as a GradTerp.
Monday, August 29th, 2016 1:00pm-2:30pm
Benjamin Banneker Rm 2212, The Stamp
Preregister at to be entered to win a grand prize!

Destination: Wellness 
Meet other students and get connected to the resources that will keep you active, healthy, and happy as you transition to life in College Park. We will be joined by representatives from across campus, including our University Health Center, our Counseling Center, and University Recreation and Wellness to talk about how GradTerps stay well.
Monday, August 29th, 2016 5:00pm-6:30pm
Graduate Student Lounge 0121 Stamp Student Union, The Stamp
Preregister at to be entered to win a grand prize!

Graduate Student Kickoff
Come for a FREE, fun-filled welcome event for all GradTerps complete with free food, drinks, dance lessons, craft activities, bowling, billiards, a cash bar, giveaways, prizes and more! Learn more at
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 4pm-9pm

Note: Graduate Student Life would like to make our events open and accessible to all students. Should you require any accommodations to participate in our events, such as an ASL interpreter, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we will work with you to make our event accessible.  

Check out last year's Welcome Weeks Facebook album!