Why Attend?

Jumpstart your first term at University of Maryland University College by attending our virtual event, Jumpstart Your Fall. Are you considering applying for admission or starting your first term of courses at UMUC this fal? If so, join us for this informative online event to learn more about how to make your first term at UMUC a successful one.

About Us

University of Maryland University College celebrated its 70th anniversary throughout 2017. Unique among institutions of higher education, UMUC was established in 1947 to meet the educational needs of adult students and the U.S. military. A pioneer in distance education, UMUC has always looked for new and better ways to serve students. Today UMUC has grown to be the largest public online university in the nation, serving busy professionals around the world. From soft skills to industry-specific expertise, UMUC can help you become more valuable in your current role and in the job market. We offer 90+ degrees, specializations, and certificates, including programs in high-growth fields like cyber security , data analytics, and healthcare.

What You'll Find


Wednesday,  September 4

4:00 PM

Live Classroom Walk Through

Ricky Meadows
LaKendra Brown

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Live Student Success Panel Discussion

Dr. Francine Blume (Career Services)

Dr. Blume is Assistant Vice President of Career Development at UMUC. Her focus has been on scaling services by integrating tools and technologies into career services and on identifying appropriate employers with the highest return on investment for our student and alumni job-seeking population. She has her PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Jennifer Thompson (TUS)

Jennifer Thompson is Program Chair and Collegiate Professor in the Department of Psychology and received her B.A. in Psychology and American History from Vanderbilt University. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from American University with a concentration on cognitive and experimental psychology.

Dr. Debra McLaughlin (TUS)

Dr. McLaughlin is the Program Chair for Natural Sciences and Environmental Management and has been with UMUC in different capacities for about 22 years. Prior to serving in her Program Chair role, Dr. McLaughlin was a research scientist and served on the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School for 12 years.

Keith Hauk (Stateside Military Operations)

Col. Keith Hauk (U.S. Army, Ret.) serves as the UMUC Associate VP for Veterans Initiatives and Military Support. Keith is a 29-year Army veteran who joined UMUC in September 2015. Over the course of his career he served in locations across the continental United States, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East, including combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. He holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as advanced degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and the United States Naval War College.

Nancy Slomowitz (UMUC Alum)

Bio will be made available soon

5:00 PM

Live Financial Aid Workshop

Luz Haro
Alicia Snellings


Live Classroom Walkthrough

               Ricky Meadows
                LaKendra Brown 

Frequently Asked Questions

This event is designed to help students starting their classes with UMUC this fall semester. It is also great for prospective students who are considering transferring or applying to UMUC.
  • Admission, Military/Veteran and Academic Advisors
  • Professors
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts Advisors
  • Career Services Advisors
  • Alumni Mentors
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
No. You will have the ability to video chat with UMUC advisors, professors, alumni and staff, however it is not required in order to participate.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
Send an email to umuc@vfairs.com for any technical assistance.
  • Complete classroom walkthroughs to ensure you are prepared for classes from day one
  • Gain valuable insight into time management and organizational skills
  • Network with UMUC faculty and alumni
  • Speak to an admissions advisor and get hands-on assistance to ensure a successful first term
  • Learn more about UMUC’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, student support and veterans services
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by simply entering their email.
While live chat and presentations will only be available during the live event, all registrants will be emailed a link to access the recorded portions and student success resources for 30 days following the event date.