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Wellness & Personal Support

A wide variety of resources is available to support you—and help you support yourself—as you work toward achieving both your academic and future professional goals.
University Health Center
Campus advocate: Sarah Wilson | Stress and Mental Wellness Program Coordinator | | 301.314.1493
The University Health Center offers high-quality, cost-effective health care, as well as inclusive, accessible and diverse wellness programs to promote health and support students’ academic success. Health promotion and wellness services include alcohol and other drug education, meditation, nutrition services, peer education programs (in substance use, sexual health, mental health and power-based violence), sexual health education, tobacco cessation, stress management and mental wellness, acupuncture and massage.
CARE to Stop Violence
Campus advocate: TBD
CARE to Stop Violence is a free and confidential campus resource for incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment affecting all genders of the university community. CARE Advocacy is a free walk-in and confidential resource provided by trained mental health staff and advocates. CARE keeps information private and confidential. Terps can tell us as much or as little as they want; they can even be anonymous. CARE is not an official reporting entity; it is a resource that can help students navigate their options and connect them with the appropriate resources.
University Counseling Center
Campus advocate: Allison Asarch | Psychologists |
The Counseling Center provides comprehensive support services that promote the personal, social and academic success of UMD students. Within the Counseling Center, students may seek help from the Counseling Service, Accessibility & Disability Service, Learning Assistance Service and the Testing Office.
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University Recreation & Wellness
Campus advocate: Kate Maloney | Coordinator | | 301.266.2730
University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) is committed to inspiring Terps to be active and live well—and to providing a variety of recreational opportunities for you to do so. We facilitate physical activity which provides better sleep, improved mood,  a stronger immune system, social connection with others and more energy. Activity also helps manage stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety. In addition to these wellness benefits, being active also helps students achieve academic success by boosting mental focus, attention and alertness, and priming the brain for learning. Recreation is for everyone—no prior experience needed. 
Student/On-Campus Employment
Campus advocate: TBD
Campus advocate: Dana Wimbish | Civilian Staff Member | | 301.405.1466
Campus advocate: Melissa Fischer | Police Officer | | 301.405.3555
The University of Maryland Police Department is a professional law enforcement organization that employs over 100 dedicated people. These individuals provide a complete array of law enforcement and related services to our community. Along with providing traditional law enforcement services, UMPD is a leader in education—both of community members and other law enforcement officers. To combat crime, UMPD offers many crime prevention programs to community members at no cost.
Undergraduate Student Legal Aid
Campus advocate: Syndy Shilling | Director | | 301.405.3589
The Undergraduate Student Legal Aid Office provides free assistance to current University of Maryland undergraduate students. Funded by the Student Government Association, the office handles all types of legal inquiries and assists students in a wide variety of legal situations. Legal services are categorized into two types: students seeking general legal assistance and students with questions regarding university charges.
Career Support
Campus advocate: TBD
The University Career Center provides a wide array of resources and programs to help students explore career options, acquire job-search skills and pursue internship or post-graduate opportunities. Terps can meet with a career advisor to assess their needs, identify interests and develop a plan.  The center also assists with part-time employment on and off campus. In addition, the center offers two online credit-bearing courses: PSYC 123: The Psychology of Getting Hired and EDCP 108i: Academic Transitions to Internships. 
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University Chaplains and Memorial Chapel
Campus advocate: Denise McHugh| Manager of Memorial Chapel and liaison with campus chaplains| | 301.314.9893
The Memorial Chapel, open to all for private reflection, has two multifaith chapels and an adjacent garden with a meditative labyrinth. The university has recognized chaplains representing 14 faith communities available for students on campus. Many of the chaplains have offices in the Memorial Chapel. Denise McHugh can help connect students with specific chaplains. 
Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct
Campus advocate: TBD
The Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) administers the University of Maryland's nondiscrimination policies and works to foster a learning environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct. OCRSM, sometimes referred to as the Title IX Office, receives and responds to all complaints of discrimination, including sexual misconduct (which is a form of sex discrimination), and provides campuswide civil rights training, including the required sexual misconduct training for all new students. 
Student Crisis/Emergency Fund
Campus advocate: TBD
The Student Crisis Fund was set up to help any current student who faces an unanticipated emergency that requires immediate financial need. Since its creation, the Student Crisis Fund has helped provide students with temporary housing in an emergency, replaced textbooks and clothes lost in an off-campus fire, helped a student who was unable to pay for a medical prescription, and even helped pay medical expenses for a student's emergency surgery. Any student, a member of the University community, or any person concerned about a student can apply for support. Funding is provided by private donations; students who receive money will not be required to repay it, but will hopefully make a donation in the future when they are financially stable.
Student Success Initiative
Campus advocate: Tony Randall | Senior Manager | | 301.405.8963
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was established to increase the retention and graduation rates of black students at the University of Maryland. SSI works to connect students in financial or academic distress with the resources they need to stay and progress at UMD. This includes reaching out to students who have not enrolled for the upcoming semester or who may be struggling in their majors and experiencing an academic block, as well as helping find solutions for students who don’t know how they will make up the rest of their tuition payment or who are unable to finish their financial aid paperwork due to circumstances beyond their control.


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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.

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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!

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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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