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The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios; encompassing residence halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, 800-plus student organizations, dozens of living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they become part of a close-knit and diverse community.
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Stamp Student Union/Campus Programs
Campus advocate: Cori Carfagno | Assistant Director | | 301.405.3058
The Adele H. Stamp Student Union, known as the Stamp, is the campus student activity center. Its mission is to provide a safe and inviting campus center where all UMD students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members cultivate lifelong relationships founded on engagement, learning, multiculturalism and citizenship. 
Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life
Campus advocate: Cori Carfagno | Assistant Director | | 301.405.3058
Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life (TOCSL) connects and engages transfer and off-campus UMD students. It aims to equip transfer and off-campus students with the resources to thrive as individuals and to serve as leaders to the off-campus student population; empower transfer and off-campus students to overcome barriers to success; and ease the transition for transfer and off-campus students.
Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy 
Campus advocate: Brandon Dula | Assistant Director |  | 301.314.7167
Campus advocate: Erica Simpkins | Programming Specialist | | 301.314.3174
The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) works to empower students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion and their intersections. MICA provides student-centered advising, advocacy and programs, resulting in positive student outcomes in learning, identity development, involvement and leadership. MICA areas of advocacy include:


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LGBT Equity
Campus advocate: TBD
The LGBT Equity Center works to establish and maintain a safe, inclusive and welcoming campus environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions. The LGBT Equity Center serves University of Maryland students, staff, faculty and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations. The center builds community and networks, provides support and resources, fosters leadership, educates and promotes academic excellence, and advocates for equity.
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education
Campus advocate: TBD
The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) is an academic support unit that offers services and programs to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students of various underrepresented ethnic backgrounds at the University of Maryland. It strives to identify and meet changing needs that affect the success of undergraduate students and works to build a positive and sensitive community of learners.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Campus advocate: TBD
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) encourages and supports the efforts of units throughout the university to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals; brings together students from various social identity groups with a history of tension or conflict to confront those tensions and build bridges through dialogue; and offers trainings that strengthen understandings of inclusion, equity and justice. The ODI Hate-Bias Response Program responds, educates and reports to the campus about hate-bias incidents. The program manager for hate-bias response oversees hate-bias reporting and response, the coordination of campus support services to individuals affected by hate-bias incidents, and prevention programming and efforts.
Nyumburu Cultural Center
Campus advocate: TBD
Nyumburu is the word for "freedom house" from the Swahili words "nyumba"(house) and "uhuru" (freedom). The Nyumburu Cultural Center has served the UMD community since 1971 and continues to build on its foundation as the center for black social, cultural and intellectual interaction. Nyumburu's productions and activities include lectures and seminars, art exhibits, workshops in the dramatic arts, dance and music. Academic courses in blues, jazz, gospel music performance and creative writing are also offered.


The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,700 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and nearly 400,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.


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Spanning 12 schools and colleges, Maryland offers more than 300 degree-granting programs, many of them ranked among the best in the country. Our faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 58 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. And our students, who include the highest achievers in the state and nation, enjoy experiences unique to our location just outside the nation’s capital, including internships, research, and leadership and service opportunities.

Research and Innovation

The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

The newly launched Innovation Gateway will guide you to the resources, programs, partners, and spaces you need to activate and scale your fearless ideas into innovations that launch new ventures, catalyze growth, and advance economic development.


At the University of Maryland, the arts, the humanities and the sciences intersect to address important societal issues and shed new light on the human experience. Our vibrant campus arts community collaborates with local and national cultural organizations such as the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and Folger Shakespeare Library. Student and faculty artists, designers, historians, writers and performers are exploring new media, presenting new perspectives, investigating new techniques and engaging new audiences.


Home of the Terrapins, the University of Maryland has one of the nation’s most recognizable and successful athletics programs. More than 550 student-athletes compete each year in 20 intercollegiate sports—12 for women and eight for men. Since 2005 alone, Maryland has won 19 national championships, including NCAA titles in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men's lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and field hockey. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, UMD has won a combined 32 regular season and tournament championships. Fear the Turtle!

Student Life

The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios. It encompasses residence halls and dining halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, and countless off-campus destinations. Maryland touts 800-plus student organizations, dozens of prestigious living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

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Giving back is a fearless Terp tradition, and there are many ways you can not only keep it alive, but also make an instant impact. 

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