We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary here at the University of Maryland Alumni Association, and you’re invited to the party! We will be marking this milestone at events throughout the year. We know you have your own list, but here are our top 30 reasons why you should be a part of it all!

30 Reasons to Love Your Alumni Association:

1. Members are the Terpiest Terps

Members define Maryland Pride. Not a member? Join or renew by Dec. 31 and get your throwback Testudo t-shirt. Plus, save big on lifetime membership (30%!) - an offer this good only comes around every 30 years.

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BONUS: When you join or renew your membership, you’ll also unlock access to the newest member reward - FREE events! Click here to learn more. 

“I love my school, where I received an outstanding education that prepared me for a successful career! I am proud to have a continuing association with the school and to have made a contribution back in some small way.” — Karen Jones ’84, Lifetime Member

2. You can find Terps anywhere

Your desk buddy could be a Terp and you might not even know it. Meet and network with alumni at your workplace at a Morning with Maryland event.

3. Etch your legacy in stone (and brick!)

Lifetime members get their names engraved on the Frann G. and Eric S. Francis Lifetime Member Wall and anyone can commemorate a graduation or important date on a brick or paver at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.

4. One-on-one access to Testudo

Your favorite mascot is a frequent attendee at Alumni Association events. You can find him at our Homecoming tailgate, Charter Day and more! You can also take a selfie with Testudo at our annual Member Appreciation Basketball event.

5. Networks for all

Whether it’s academic, affinity, regional or industry-based, there’s an alumni network for you, right in your community.
“I really enjoy being part of the leadership group in Seattle, helping keep Maryland school spirit alive and well in our group, while making new connections with fellow Terps.”Domenic Calabro ’89

6. Marry where you met

The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center offers an array of packages for hosting the most beautiful wedding ceremony right on campus. Bonus: Alumni Association members get extra discounts!

7. Programs just for new grads

The new GOLD program for Graduates of the Last Decade provides events tailored to help recent grads get connected.
“Graduating and moving to a new area, I was a little afraid of the lack of community. Being part of the Alumni Association and finding events near me was exciting because I feel like we already have that Terp connection so it was an easy way to make friends and build community.”Tessa Trach ’17

8. Save with Terp Deals

Alumni Association members can save on purchases made at over 50,000 national and local retailers and travel booking using Terp Deals.
“I set up my Terp Deals account, and I found a hotel room in Puerto Rico that was supposedly booked. On top of that, the room was nearly half the price of the previous room we nearly settled for. We saved about $425.”Bishop Sakyi '11 and Sarah Ansah '13

9. Volunteer from your couch

Terrapins Connect offers options to volunteer from anywhere in the world as a mentor or mentee, and local Terps can join in Do Good Service Month activities.

10. Boost your entrepreneurial ideas

Have an idea for a business? Meet fellow entrepreneurs, innovators and business owners at a Terp Entrepreneur Network event.

11. Exclusive event access

From game watches to lectures, alumni receive invitations to a variety of events every year. Bonus: Members receive free or discounted access to Alumni Association events!
Click here for more information on free events for members. 

12. Teach new Terps the ropes

The Alumni Associations hosts lots of events to connect alumni with prospective, admitted and current students, including Summer Send-off and Terp Bounds events.

13. Constant connections to your major

Stay connected to leaders in your field and build relationships with fellow Terps through degree-specific networks and events.
“I am a member because I completed my studies at the College of Education! And had the best experience there!”Sarah Buck ’09

14. Lead fearlessly

Inspire others by volunteering to speak at a professional networking event or by joining an alumni board.

15. Signature alumni events

The Alumni Association hosts several marquee events, including the popular Maryland in Manhattan, the widely attended Homecoming tailgate, and the new Celebration of Terps, featuring the Maryland Awards.

16. Testudo’s luck is never far away

Be sure to rub Testudo’s nose the next time you visit campus. He’s conveniently located in front of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, in addition to his six other locations on campus.

17. Pay it forward

Your membership dues help provide student scholarships to future alumni. This academic year, 27 scholarships will be awarded, totalling $54,000.
“As a direct result of my scholarship, I’ve been able to have internship opportunities in Washington DC, do research both on campus and at a medical center and get involved in leadership and organizations all across campus.”Marion Irvin ’19

18. We have Maryland pride

It’s not hard to spot alumni. Whether in the airport or the grocery store, you’ll know a proud Terp when you see one decked out in Maryland gear.
Bonus: Alumni Association members receive swag throughout the year, plus they always save 10% in the campus bookstore!
"Our school pride radiates around the world through students and alumni."Danielle (Krizan) Stackus, associate director of alumni relations, Robert H. Smith School of Business

19. Stay social

Hear about all things alumni on the Alumni Association’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. You might even win some Maryland swag by participating in regular social media contests.

20. Find old friends

Ever wonder what happened to your roommate from sophomore year? You can connect with thousands of alumni and set your communication preferences through the exclusive Alumni Directory.

21. Make a political impact

Boost university initiatives at the state and national levels through the Terp Advocacy Network. You can even meet with Maryland legislators on Terp Advocacy Day and tell them why their support of the university is important.

22. Your home on campus

Whether you’re visiting for Maryland Day or the big Homecoming game, the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center is your home base. It also serves as a premier event space offering an array of beautiful rooms to fit your needs and budget. From meetings to conferences and parties, members always save on events at Riggs.

23. Online advocacy opportunities

Become a goodwill ambassador for Maryland as a UMD Champion. Sign up to get good news about UMD delivered to your inbox for sharing with your social networks.

24. Professional webinars

Whether you’re looking for a career change or tips on saving for retirement, the Alumni Association offers free webinars to support your success.

25. Custom news and alerts

Get the inside scoop on all things Maryland. As a member, you’ll get a copy of Terp magazine and a variety of newsletters tailored to you.
“The Alumni Association keeps me connected to the amazing successes of alumni and current students.”Lia Laiakis ’00

26. Enhancing the student experience

The Student Alumni Leadership Council inspires a sense of community between Terps across generations while instilling lifelong loyalty to our alma mater.

27. Notable alumni

Terps go on to do remarkable things—in the arts, industry, academia and sports. Count renowned builder A. James Clark ’50, Fortnite creator Tim Sweeney, TV host Giuliana Rancic ’96 and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank ’96 among them!

28. Celebrating legacies

For some, Maryland is the entire family’s alma mater! The Alumni Association celebrates legacies each year with a special Legacy Pinning Ceremony to honor dedicated, multigenerational Terp families.
“My mom was a Terp, my husband is a Terp, my son is a Terp and my daughter is a Terp!” — Lisa Carlon Murter, Lifetime Member

29. We’ve got tailgating down!

Each year, Terps gather at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center before football games to gear up for a Terps victory. And for Terps who can’t make it back to campus, our networks host an array of game watches for various sports around the country.

30. Travel the world

Wanderlust kicking in? The alumni travel program offers one-of-a-kind experiences to see the world with fellow Terps.
Curious how we got started? Click here to read about the history of your Alumni Association.