Welcome to the Gemstone Honors Program, Class of 2026
We are so excited to meet you! Here is some important information that you might find helpful.
Sign up for Summer Orientation!
All University of Maryland students must sign up for an orientation program over the summer. If possible, we suggest registering for an Honors orientation (see dates below), but it is NOT required to do so.
Monday-Tuesday, June 14th-15th
Thursday-Friday, June 24th-25th
Wednesday-Thursday, July 14th-15th
To learn more information and to register for Summer Orientation, visit the orientation.umd.edu website. REMINDER: Summer orientation is different from Gems Camp! More information about Gems Camp is coming soon!
Register for GEMS100 (Required)
When you are registering for Fall courses during orientation, be sure to add GEMS100. Some first-year students experience challenges registering for GEMS100 due to credit limits. For example, if you have more than 30 credits, you may not be able to register and will need special permission in order to enroll. If this is the case, please complete the Gemstone Course Override form.
If you are encountering an issue registering for GEMS100 because of a scheduling issue or if you have met your college’s credit limit, please email us at email@example.com and we will assist you with next steps!
Engage with Gemstone!
Gemstone Summer Connections: Connect with a Gemstone Student Leader
All Gemstone new students will receive an email from their Gemstone Summer Connection, one of our upper class CONNECT mentors or Gems 100 Teaching Assistants by the end of June. These students are truly outstanding resources for you over the next couple of months. Feel free to ask them anything -- about their major, their Gemstone team research, involvement on campus, and more. You’ll be formally assigned a CONNECT mentor once the semester begins, but feel free to engage with your summer Gemstone CONNECTion in any way that feels comfortable to you. If you have any questions regarding your Gemstone Summer CONNECTION, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Gems Camp 2022: August 23- August 25
Gems Camp is the Gemstone Honors Program's two-night, off campus orientation program designed to help incoming Gemstone students transition to the University of Maryland and the Gemstone Honors Program prior to the first day of classes. Campers participate in fun team building activities and meet new students while learning valuable information about UMD and Gemstone. If living on campus, students have the added benefit of moving in early.
At Gems Camp, first-year students immediately develop a diverse social network of fellow classmates, upperclassmen, and Gemstone staff. You will start college with the pride and excitement of a True Terp along with an introduction of campus culture & traditions!
Gems Camp 2022 will occur August 23- August 25. Stay tuned for more information and to register.
We cannot wait to meet you! Questions? Email email@example.com or call 301-458-0784.
Virtual Office Hours: Chat with Gemstone Staff
As you are thinking about life as a Gemstone Terp, we wanted to offer the opportunity to chat with a Gemstone staff member in real-time via Zoom. Please sign up for a short video conference with a member of our Student Engagement staff team:
- Office hours with Jalah Townsend, Coordinator for Student Engagement
Follow us on Social Media
The Gemstone Honors Program loves social media! Follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and check out our Instagram.
We encourage you to also follow the Gemstone Leadership Council on Instagram to stay up to date on all student-led initiatives and events!
UMD Black Book
Thank you to Pauline Sow (Gemstone Class of 2021, team NO SALT) and Josiah Bedford for their work to create the UMD Black Book. This resource is designed to centralize resources for UMD Black students and particularly new students.
Planning to live on campus for Fall 2022?
The Gemstone Honors Program works closely with the Department of Resident Life to coordinate a smooth move-in process for all of our incoming students. Gemstone does not have a mandatory housing requirement, but many students do live on campus typically in Ellicott Hall. For more information about housing, visit the Department of Resident Life.
We realize that roommate requests are important and that students are looking for opportunities to locate and request roommates for Fall 2022. More information will be available regarding roommate requests soon. Be sure to complete your housing contract before the May 1 deadline to be eligible for on-campus housing next fall.
If you have any questions regarding housing, please contact the Department of Resident Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.