How Freshmen Connection Works
Freshmen Connection is a fall semester academic program that is only open to freshmen who confirm spring admission to the University of Maryland. With Freshmen Connection, you'll get involved with the University and start your classes in the fall. In Freshmen Connection, you'll register for Maryland courses that meet in campus classrooms and are taught by Maryland faculty. Since you are a Maryland student, your grades and courses post to your official University of Maryland transcript. You'll be a part of the campus, attend sporting events, participate in campus activities, and work closely with your classmates and faculty members. If you continue to take an average of 15 credits a semester, don't change your major, and do well in your classes, you should graduate on-time in 2017.
To enroll in Freshmen Connection, you must first confirm spring admission and take the Math Placement Exam (both available online). Course enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a course closes (as each course does have a seat limit), there is no waitlist. You'll be able to view Freshmen Connection courses online in mid-February; the Math Placement Exam is typically available in late February.
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Anne Baum, Freshmen Connection advisor and program manager, has enjoyed working with students for most of her professional career, most recently as an international admissions advisor with the University of Maryland’s International Education Services office. Prior to that, she spent three years at the Institute of International Education organizing multi-day seminars and workshops for foreign students and professionals. Her BA in communication was earned at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Anne completed her master’s in community planning at UMD and volunteers with neighborhood revitalization activities in her free time.
Brittney Nathaniel, Freshmen Connection advisor and program coordinator, has worked with a wide array of students in her career, ranging from adult learners at the University of Maryland University College to Freshmen Connection students at the University of Maryland College Park. A Binghamton University alum in English literature and global culture, she came to the University of Maryland to pursue her master’s in English literature, rhetoric, and composition, and has volunteered her time working with ESOL students for the past 4 years. Brittney also enjoys volunteering at a center for Native American youth in her free time.
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