Admitted graduate students are annually invited by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) to visit the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, to meet with faculty members, tour the campus, learn about current research and academic programs, explore some of our research facilities and laboratories, and spend a weekend with current graduate students to learn more about UMD culture and life in metro-D.C. The Department will cover the full cost of travel and accommodation for students (domestic applicants) to visit. The visiting date will be March 12-14, 2020The registration is now closed for the Open House.

It is highly recommended and encouraged for admitted students to visit UMD, regardless of your initial inclination to accept or decline the offer of admission. After spending time with faculty members and your potential fellow classmates, you will be in a better position to make a well-informed decision about whether UMD is the correct choice for you.

Note: This Open House is for Ph.D. applicants only.

Open House Schedule

Thursday, March 12th, 4:00 pm (Attendance is required)

The open house begins on Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 pm. You are required to attend our Research Poster Presentations from 4pm-6pm in the Rotunda, Jeong H. Kim Building (we will also be in room 1105 Jeong H. Kim Building). This will be an opportunity for you to meet with our faculty and current graduate students in the program. We will have some light hors d’oeuvres.  The Jeong H. Kim Building is a short walk from your hotel.  Dress is business casual. 

**A current graduate student will meet you in the lobby of the hotel at 3:30 pm to walk you over to the Jeong J. Kim Building.**

Friday, March 13th, 8:00 am (Attendance is required)

The open house will continue on Friday, March 13th at 8:00 am.  We are planning to begin the day at 8:00 am in Room 1105 in the Jeong H. Kim Building.  We expect that your day will conclude about 4:30 pm. 

 Saturday, March 14th, 8:15 am 

Visit Washington D.C. with our current graduate students!  Experience the sights of the D.C. area with other prospective graduate students and current graduate students. Please meet at the front door of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering building by 8:15 am (Please be on time). You will arrive back in College Park by 1:30 pm. 




The department will cover the following meals:

  • Food will be provided during the research poster presentations from 4 pm - 6 pm.
  • Thursday dinner.  (Dinner will start at 6 pm)
  • Friday lunch.
  • Friday night dinner will be at The Common. Please arrive at the restaurant by 6 pm. See Location here

Each student will be responsible for the following meals:

  • Friday breakfast
  • Saturday breakfast and lunch (If you signed up to attend the Saturday D.C. Outing event) 

Driving Directions

Below are links to a map of campus and driving directions.  When you arrive on campus, you should park in the Regents Drive Garage. From the parking lot, it's a short walk to Jeong H. Kim Building.  Please come to room 1105/Rotunda in Jeong H. Kim Building.

Driving directions to Campus:

Map of Campus:

Hotel Information

Out-of-town attendees will be staying at the Cambria Hotel, 8321 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 on Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th.  Check-in begins at 3:00 pm and check out will be at 11:00 am. **The Hotel is willing to store your luggage if you are attending the D.C. outing on Saturday, March 14th.

For those of you staying at the hotel, it is a short walk to campus. To walk to campus, proceed south towards campus on Baltimore Avenue. On your left, you will see a number of businesses, including Looney’s Pub.  Just south of Looney’s Pub, there is a walkway to campus. Once you are on campus, you will cross Paint Branch Parkway and walk straight on Stadium Drive.  The J.H. Kim Engineering Building is the first building once you cross the street even though it is set back from the street (there is currently construction in front of the building).