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Requirements for New Students

Welcome to the University of Maryland! 

As you prepare to join our campus community, we want to provide you with important information about necessary items that must be completed before the start of the semester, including:

  • required online wellness training, 
  • submissions for proof of health insurance, and
  • up-to-date immunizations.  

These requirements represent our community values regarding the health and wellness of all Terps and are designed to keep you and our community healthy and safe.

Please also visit to review important details about health-related requirements for new students. 

Required Online Wellness Training

All incoming University of Maryland students must complete two online education programs.

  1. Sexual Assault Prevention Program
    This online program includes a pre-arrival course and post-arrival survey that will be completed 45 days apart. 
  2. You-MD (Alcohol and Opioid Misuse Prevention and Education)

You must complete all sections of both trainings to be in compliance with this requirement. The courses will be accessible around the clock, you will be able to stop, save your work, and return to the courses to complete them at your own pace.

We encourage you to talk openly and often about the complex issues addressed in these training sessions. If you have questions about the required training, please contact

Proof of Health Insurance

All Domestic Undergraduate students enrolled in six or more credit hours and all International Undergraduate students are required to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), unless proof of comparable coverage is furnished. University of Maryland undergraduates must provide verification of insurance every year they are enrolled. SHIP is 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. Alternatively, you can show proof of comparable health insurance by completing the online “hard waiver” found at There is a deadline by which all waiver applications must be submitted and approved, approximately one month after the start of the semester. Students who do not have an approved waiver by the deadline will be automatically charged and officially enrolled in SHIP. No refunds are possible after the deadline.

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 spring classes, January 25, 2023. For more information about required vaccines, please visit and click on “Submitting Your Immunization Forms.”

Once your immunization record is reviewed, you will receive an email about its status and whether additional information is required. Incomplete immunization submissions may affect your registration status. For assistance or more information, please call the Immunization Clinic at 301.314.8114. 

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