New Grad Student Checklist

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New Aerospace Engineering Graduate Students' Information Site for more information.

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Be sure to read through this whole checklist!

Each of these items is essential to having a seamless start at UMD. Plan to block off some time on your schedule to complete all of these items before the start of classes.


  • If you need access to a lab via key or keycard, complete and submit the key request form with your advisor's signature.  Submit this form as soon as possible to ensure your key or card access is granted before the start of the semester.

  • Fill out required human resources paperwork and submit it to Mike Jones in the main aerospace office. See the new employee checklist here.

  • Meet with your advisor. You can find our full faculty list here

  • Register for courses via Testudo after getting your directory ID. Find information about classes on the Aero website for current graduate students here. *Be aware of the add/drop deadlines.

    • Failure to register can result in cancellation of your enrollment at the University.

    • Contact the department if you ever have questions about if you should register.

    • Be aware of the University's Continuous Registration Policy.

  • Get your Graduate Student Picture ID from the Mitchell Building (near the big M on Campus Drive).  It’s open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. You can use the ID to get discounts at the Stamp Student Union. Note: You are not officially considered a student until you register for at least one course. The ID office will not issue you an ID unless you have registered for at least one course.

  • Send in your final BS or MS transcripts to the Graduate School (2123 Lee Building) if this is a provision of your admission. You will not be permitted to register for classes your second semester if  you do not do so.

  • Pay your mandatory student fees online via the bursar's office. Note: Credit and debit payment is charged a 2% processing fee. Payments made by cash, electronic check, check or money order are not charged the fee.

  • Fill out your immunization form and give it to the Health Center. The form is required for you to sign up for second semester classes.

  • Review this entire website, including the policies and procedures. Write down any questions you may have.


  • Discounted computers can be purchased from the Terrapin Technology Store and Academic Computers for Terps.  Find them online or in the Stamp Student Union. 

  • Pay dues to AIAA National and the AIAA Student Chapter to gain or maintain membership (Note: The national and student chapters are separate entities. Paying dues for one does not grant you membership benefits to the other).

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