Fearless First posterCelebrating First Generation College Students
This fall the Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) joined campuses and TRiO communities across the nation to celebrate the inaugural First-Generation College Student Celebration with their #FearlessFirst event.

Stephan Fitch standing outside of building Scholar in Residence Brings Virtual Reality to Honors College
Stephan Fitch is the current Honors College Scholar-in-Residence and a Design Cultures & Creativity Fellow. His series of workshops for students from all Honors living-learning programs have the goal of translating the UMD Honors experience into virtual worlds through virtual reality. Experience HCUX.

Book cover of March: Book ThreeMarch: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell is the First Year Book.
It is a first-hand account of the Civil Rights movement. Books are available for faculty, staff, and students in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Marie Mount Hall, Rm 2411.

Dr. Jerry Lewis AAP Director Awarded UMD President's Medal
Dr. Jerry Lewis, Executive Director of the Academic Achievement Programs, was awarded the President's Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on a member of our community at the fall Faculty-Staff Convocation.

UGST Welcomes the OMSE Program
For the past 45 years, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education has served the academic needs of undergraduate multi-ethnic students with academic support programs. OMSE joins a suite of UGST academic programs that help ensure students succeed and thrive.


Course Related Polices

For Students and for Faculty: Course Related Policies for UMD Undergraduate Students is an important guide that locates UMD resources and policies on excused absences, syllabi, sexual misconduct, and much more.

Counteracting Divisiveness

The Solutions in Action: Counteracting Divisiveness faculty and staff workshops on the complex problem of hate, divisiveness, and intimidation on campus. For more information about the series and resource materials.

UGST Faculty Fellows

Each year a select group of Undergraduate Faculty Fellows meet during the academic year to address an issue in undergraduate education. For 2017-2018 it is, Creating Community from the I-Series Experience.

Student Ombuds Office

The Undergraduate Student Ombuds Office ensures that students receive fair and equitable treatment and assists to resolve issues in matters of concern or complaints involving the university.

Other News of Note

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Office of Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award:
Dr. James Fry, Associate Professor in the School of Music, for his work in HONR278R

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – General Education Teaching Award Dr. Douglas Kern, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, for his work in ENGL275 (Writing to be Seen: Scriptwriting for Theatre, Film, and Television), and ENGL388W (Writing Center Internship).

Non-Exempt/Exempt Undergraduate Studies Staff Award
Paulanne Walker, Coordinator for the Student Success Office

Graduate Student Staff Award
Jacqueline Guhanick, Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) Program in the Honors College

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Kevin Halliday, New Student Orientation

About the Teaching Awards and Past Winners

ACES Recognized as a Successful Model for Partnership
The ACES program was highlighted in Bloomberg View as a successful model for partnership between business and academia.

About 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 Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, Hillman Entrepreneurs, and the Incentive Awards Program
  • Letters and Sciences, New Student Orientation, Academic Achievement Programs, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, Pre-College Program, and the National Scholarships Office
  • Asian American Studies, Individual Studies, Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and Naval ROTC