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.

Tentative Open House Schedule

Thursday, March 12: An evening reception to mingle with other prospective students, current graduate students and MSE faculty members. *Please arrive by 3:00 p.m. Our open house will kick off early that evening.

Friday, March 13: Full-day program includeing meeting with the faculty member of your interest, faculty member speaker presentations, lunch with graduate students, lab tours and a full-campus visit followed by a dinner with current graduate students.

Saturday, March 14 (optional, but highly encouraged): Experience the sights of the D.C. area with other prospective graduate students, current graduate students and lunch on us!

*Note: We will provide lodging and most meals (Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon).

Weekend Planning

Please arrive by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12th because we are scheduling our open house to kick off that evening. Set your departure on Saturday evening, depending on your willingness to attend the optional visit to D.C. 

On the open house registration form, you will be asked to list professors with whom you would like to meet on Friday of your visit. Before the visit, we will send you additional information regarding who you will meet with and a detailed agenda of the weekend. 

As you begin planning your visit, please not that if you require travel plans, you will need to contact Ms. Jenna Bishop ( directly to make arrangements. We prefer to have all travel arrangements finalized by February 1st, so kindly make sure to contact Ms. Bishop quickly.

Expense Reimbursement

We are pleased to reimburse your reasonable travel expenses to and from College Park. This includes mileage, tolls and ground transportation fees. Please save your receipts for items for which you want to be reimbursed. If you are flying, you will need to provide your original boarding pass. Please keep any original receipts for your expenses. You can mail in receipts within 2 weeks after returning home for any remaining covered expenses you may incur on your return trip.