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Organized pattern of illustrated enamel pins depicting Testudo, and the M Book on a Maryland Red Background

M Book: A guide to the UMD student experience

Get the backstory on university traditions.

From 1916 to 2001, first-year students turned to the M Book to figure out how to register for classes, learn the code of conduct and generally get a handle on the University of Maryland. It fizzled out after all of this information moved online. Now, the M Book is back—with fewer rules and a modern focus. You’ll instead find Maryland’s past, present and future—and your future, too.

Get the backstory on university traditions. Memorize the fight song’s lyrics. Follow real-life advice from recent grads. (Important: Never pass up a free T-shirt.) Take pride in the accomplishments of Terp alums. Become a part of Maryland’s legacy of fearlessness.

The 2022-2023 M Book will be delivered to all first-year students at this year's President's Welcome in the Fall semester, an event held during the Department of Residence Life's Fall Welcome weekend

Didn't receive a copy of this year's M book yet? Contact Jessica Lee at to pick one up at Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center!

*Note, the downloadable version is compressed into a .zip file

The 2022 M Book cover, patterned lines of Maryland Gold and black surround a similarly styled Maryland M in Red on a White background

Contact Jessica Lee, the Alumni Association's Program Manager for Student Engagement at with questions or to request a plain text version.

A professional headshot of Jessica Lee, who has Maryland-themed broaches on the lapel of their blazer.

Jessica Lee

Manager, Student and Recent Graduate Engagement

The UMD Bucket List

Keep track of the Bucket List items (pages 16 and 17) you’ve checked off by taking a selfie or video to document your progress. Once you’ve completed any five bucket list items, contact Jessica Lee, the Alumni Association's Program Manager for Student Engagement at and head over to the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center with your selfies or videos to get your first commemorative pin and lanyard. Be sure to follow @UMDSALC on social media to know which days you can pick up your pin(s)!

Bucket List

UMD Bucket List 

Share your progress with friends on social media using #UMDMBOOK.

Three Recent Graduates in full graduation regalia proudly present their M Book Lanyards for completing the UMD Bucket List

Three students with their Traditions Keeper medallions, for completing all 20 Bucket List items

M Book Archives

A digital archive of the original M book can be found with the University Libraries.