Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life






Each Fall and Spring semester, Veteran Student Life hosts an orientation exclusively for incoming student veterans, including freshmen, transfer, and graduate student veterans. The orientation covers topics such as health insurance, veteran benefits, scholarships, academic support services, recreational activities, and professional development. Incoming students are also able to meet representatives from a number of departments around campus. Additionally, attending Veterans and Military-Connected Orientation is a great way to meet other incoming student veterans going through the same transition as you and current student veterans who just made this transition recently. Our orientation is planned and led by veterans for veterans. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Veterans and military-connected students are allowed to bring guests. This is not the same as your freshmen or transfer school orientation which you are still required to attend.


Veteran and Military-Connected New Students for the Spring 2020 semester are encouraged to register for the Veteran and Military-Connected Student Orientation, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 at






Immediately following the orientation, you can opt to join us (and why wouldn’t you?) on our Veterans Adventure Orientation Program (VAOP) Ski and Snowboard Trip, which is an all-expenses-paid experience at Whitetail Ski Resort. This will be a great opportunity to connect with a few veterans that are currently on campus and can give real-life transition experience, while also starting to build relationships with other incoming veterans. Space is limited so make sure you RSVP at by Friday, January, 3, 2020.


Spring Semester - January: Skiing and Snowboarding




Fall Semester - August: Kayaking and Rafting


VAOP 2017 - Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg     




We also recommend that you check out our Veteran Orientation Checklist for more information on how you can get a jump start on your transition to UMD.