FAQs

The following is a list of the questions we are most frequently asked about Family Weekend, as well as responses to those questions. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us at 301-314-8429 or terpfamily@umd.edu.

REGISTRATION AND PARKING

Does my student automatically get to attend everything during Family Weekend?
We hope your student will attend all Family Weekend events with you, but they aren't automatically included. You will need to register each individual family member attending Family Weekend, including your student. Family Weekend is a special event and does not receive any tuition or student fee money. Family Weekend is completely self-supported.

When is the registration deadline?
The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 22, 2021 but it is best to register early since certain events will sell out.

Can I register over the phone?
Unfortunately, we are not able to take registrations over the phone. You may register online using the online registration link located on this website.

Can you tell me which events are already closed/sold out?
This website is updated on a regular basis and we will indicate sold-out events as they close. You will also know which events are closed when you complete your online registration form, since events are confirmed immediately.

I just went to the website to register and the event(s) I wanted are not available. Why are some events already sold out?
Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis; this is the most equitable system possible. We regret that certain events sell out. Over 7,000 parents, family members, and students attend Family Weekend each year, and some events sell out quickly due to their popularity and limited availability of space on campus.

More than 60 different events and activities are offered during Family Weekend. We are committed to providing a variety of options that appeal to a broad spectrum of family members as well as presenting specific events that can accommodate all Family Weekend participants. Special events included in the Family Weekend Registration Fee (e.g., President's Open House, Terp Family Festival, Eppley Recreation Center, etc.) are open to all participants, as are many other events during the weekend for which there is no extra fee. Additionally, we have an unlimited number of tickets for those who wish to enjoy the barbecue buffet during the Terp Family Festival & BBQ on McKeldin Mall (one of the highlights of the weekend).

Can I get on a waitlist for a sold out event?
We are unable to provide a waitlist for closed events. It is possible that tickets to "sold out" events will become available if current ticket holders make changes to or cancel their Family Weekend registration. When this occurs, their tickets are released and become available online. You are welcome to log on to the Family Weekend registration site (using your Registration Code) to see if any tickets for a particular event become available.

What does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee includes the following:

  • Access to Family Weekend educational sessions and workshops
  • President’s Open House and college/school receptions
  • Terp Family Festival and other family-friendly activities throughout the weekend
  • Discounted ticket to the football game on October 1, 2021
  • Access to Family Weekend ticketed events
  • Membership/access to the Eppley Recreation Center on Saturday and Sunday
  • Family Weekend giveaway item (one per family)

The registration fee also covers the cost of Family Weekend online and onsite registration services, registration materials, facility rentals, staff, and service fees. Family Weekend is an independent and self-supported event for University of Maryland families and is not financed by the University of Maryland, student fees, or Maryland Parent & Family Association funds.

Why is the definition of  Youth "12 and Under" for the Family Weekend registration fee but "9 and Under" for ticketed events with food? 
The price point for meals is established by the food/catering team and they determined the discounted price for youth meals as "9 and under." The Office of Parent and Family Affairs provides a Family Weekend Registration Fee discount for youth 12 and under.

For what events can I register onsite?
If there is space available, you can register for any events that are still open.

When will I get the confirmation of my registration?
Your Family Weekend confirmation is immediate and sent to you via email following completion of the online registration form. Tickets to all events (except football tickets) during Family Weekend will be given to you when you check-in at the Family Weekend Welcome Center (located in the Stamp Student Union).

What if I register for something and I want to cancel it later?
You can make adjustments to your registration or cancel your entire registration at any time before 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Changes to your registration should be made by accessing your online registration form using the unique Registration Code listed on your Family Weekend confirmation. To cancel your entire registration, please send an email to familyweekend@umd.edu and include the Registration Code and your name as found on the confirmation letter.

Cancellations received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 will receive a refund for purchases with the exception of any donation made to the University during the Family Weekend registration process as well as any t-shirts purchased. Donations are non-refundable and t-shirt purchases are non-refundable. Eligible refunds will be posted to the credit card used for the original payment less a $25 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund payments after September 22, 2021.

Where can I park during Family Weekend?
Due to the football game on Friday, October 1, visitor parking will not be available and parking on campus is limited to those who purchase a game day parking permit. Families wishing to park on campus on Friday must purchase a game day parking permit (regardless of attendance at the football game). Game day permits can be purchased online directly from the Department of Transportation Services. For Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, families may park in the designated lots for Family Weekend (registered families will be provided with a special parking map). Click here for more information.

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS

Where can we stay in the area? Which hotels are closest?
A list of area hotels is available on the Conferences & Visitor Services website, and many more can be obtained by doing a simple web search. Hotels fill quickly, so we encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

What if I want to take my student to dinner off campus?
We encourage you to do so (and we're pretty sure you're son or daughter will enjoy the treat). Whether you want to enjoy a nice meal after one of the off-campus excursions or travel on your own to dinner, there are tons of great options. Yelp and/or UrbanSpoon are good mobile apps to use to identify local places to eat.  If you do plan to take your student to dinner, we strongly advise you to make a reservation BEFORE you arrive for Family Weekend since restaurants are popular.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

When should we plan to arrive? Do families stay for the entire weekend?
We have tons of events planned just for you. We encourage you to arrive early on Friday so you can take full advantage of the weekend.

Do I have to stay for the whole weekend? What if I can only come for Saturday?
How long you stay is up to you. Most Family Weekend events are a la carte, so you only pay for those events you wish to attend (along with the registration fee, which everyone pays).

What if my student does not want to attend any of the activities during Family Weekend? Should I still come?
Yes! Family Weekend is an opportunity for families to both enjoy and learn more about the institution—and the more you know about the University, the better you will be able to support your student throughout their educational career. If your student does not want to attend, it is probably just a statement of their need to assert some independence or autonomy, which is natural. Many families attend Family Weekend and see their student only occasionally. Others have their students with them at everything—it really depends upon the student. If you want to come, please do.

What happens if it rains?
The show must go on! Those events scheduled in outdoor locations have alternate indoor sites in the event of inclement weather. Since we never know what kind of weather a Chesapeake-area autumn will bring, we encourage you to come prepared with a jacket or sweatshirt and an umbrella.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Are events sign interpreted?
If a member of your party is hearing impaired, we can make arrangements to have all activities sign interpreted. Please make reference to this on the registration form in the special accommodations section. Requests for interpreters must be made by September 10.

We have a family member in a wheelchair. Can we get around to all of the events?
All events are held in accessible areas and buildings. Drop off areas are available near most buildings utilized for Family Weekend for those without a disabled license plate or placard. Specific transportation needs may be accommodated by our Paratransit service provided by the Department of Transportation Services. Click here for more information. Note: the University of Maryland does not provide wheelchairs.

Can we have a special parking pass?
We do not provide special parking passes for disabled parking. Parking is available close to all facilities on campus for those vehicles with a disability license plate or parking placard. Drop off areas are available near most buildings utilized for Family Weekend for those without a disabled license plate or placard. Shuttle-UM service is provided free of charge throughout the weekend for various locations around campus. Click here for additional information about disabled parking and guidelines on campus.