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Welcome to #GraduateGoals

A UMD Pathfinder to Help First-Year Graduate Students

Finding your way around a new school and a new environment is hard enough without having some guidance on where to look and what to look for. As a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland-College Park, there are dozens of paths to take and a dizzying array of signs pointing your in all different directions. #GraduateGoals wants to make this transition just a bit easier by providing information tailored toward your specific needs.

Our site provides a select list of links to resources we've culled together from our own research and experience at the school. This isn't an all-encompassing list of links of every possible department, business, or organization on- and off-campus. Instead, it's a pathfinder to guide you towards the information that will be relevant to your initial introduction to this community. We're trying to provide the best starting point to answer your questions as a new graduate student based on our own surveys, interviews, and personal experiences.

On our site, you'll find a list of goals separated by topics for Academics, Campus Community, Housing & Food, Transportation, Money, and Resources. The resources section contains a number of sections on areas of critical need. In addition to the important links, you'll also find some advice shared by current and former students to help cheer you up and motivate you towards success, a brief introduction to who we are, and a fun section showing the 50 Testudos that were commissioned back in 2006 on- and off-campus along with their original locations--something that might help give you some familiarity with College Park and the state of Maryland.

Take a look around and let us know what you think. We're always open to new suggestions. Our goals are your goals!


Reach your #GraduateGoals and find important information about Academics, Campus Community, Housing & Food, Transportation, Money, and Resources here.


Learn from the experts: former UMD first-year students share their tips and tricks for reaching their #GraduateGoals!

We are graduate students at UMD just like you! We are a team of 4 MLIS students ischool. Our goal is to provide first year graduate students with the information and resources they need to succeed.

50 Testudos

We've got the region covered with images of this awesome UMD themed art project. Check out your favorite Testudos and find out more about the area at the same time.

Who We Are

We're living this first-year grad school thing just like you. We may come from different backgrounds but we're all sharing the same experiences. Meet a few of your mates!

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