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Veteran and Military-Connected New Students for the Spring 2023 semester are encouraged to register for the Veteran and Military-Connected Student Orientation. Event date TBA. 


Fall 2021 Orientation


Fall 2021 Orientation

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 2022 semester are encouraged to register for the Veteran and Military-Connected Student Orientation, which will be a virtual Zoom event

Our Veterans Adventure Orientation Program (VAOP) Ski and Snowboard Trip is currently postponed. We will reach out with more info once the event is rescheduled (most likely in February). The trip is completely free for you and includes all necessary equipment, instruction, and transportation. It will be a great opportunity to connect with other student veterans that are currently on campus while also starting to build relationships with other incoming veterans. 


For those that are unable to attend the event, a video will be posted below after the event so that you are not missing out on any info.


Fall 2021 Veteran and Military-Connected Student Orientation:





Spring Semester - January: Skiing and Snowboarding

Ski and Snowboard


Fall Semester - August: Kayaking and Rafting



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. 

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