Terrapins Connect

What is Terrapins Connect?

Terrapins Connect is the University's virtual platform with the goal of connecting Terps from across the world with one another for mentoring, networking and professional opportunities. Whether you are looking to get advice or give advice, Terrapins Connect provides a way to get involved.  By joining the platform, you gain access to thousands of fellow Terps, groups, formal and informal mentoring programs and an active discussion board led by the community. What are you waiting for? Get started today!

Get Started

Setting up your account is quick and easy! Once you do so, you'll be able to network, become a mentor, participate in group discussions, and much more!

  1. Go to the Terrapins Connect homepage.
  2. Click the "Join Our Community" button.
  3. Select a signup method (ex. LinkedIn, Email, SSO)
  4. Choose your User Type (ex. "Mentor, Mentee, Faculty/Staff, Partner)
  5. Fill out your background info(If you use LinkedIn, your information will auto-populate!) 
  6. Sign the Code of Conduct.

You may need to wait for an admin to approve your account. If that's the case, you’ll receive an email once your account has been approved.

Signup FAQs:

My Profile is Created.. Now What?!

Waiting to hear from a student or fellow alumni and not sure what else you can do on Terrapins Connect? Not to worry- there are many things you can do on the platform to stay connected and engaged. 

Browse your network

Scroll through profiles or use the search and filter bar on the right side of the screen to narrow your search. You can filter by location, major, industry or even help topic.

When you've found someone to connect with, click the green "Let's Connect" button to send a message or request a meeting. Or, if they have a green circle next to their picture, that means they are currently online. Click the blue “Let’s Chat” button to instantly start a conversation.

browse Terrapins Connect networks

Join a group

Groups allow you to connect with others who share your interests. They're typically communities focused on particular topics or interest areas, such as "Women in Tech" or "Digital Design." You can join a group to access select resources, network with members, and participate in group discussions! Looking to start a group? Great! Email Ellie Geraghty(ellieg@umd.edu), Manager of Alumni Career Programs to learn more.

joining a group on Terrapins Connect

Participate in the Discussion

Take a moment to introduce yourself and let your fellow Terps know who you are. Not sure what to say? Try out any of these ideas: 
  • When did you graduate? What was your favorite memory at UMD? 
  • What do you have to offer?
  • What do you hope to gain from this community?

discussion post creation on Terrapins Connect

Manage your settings

Control how your account is set up, who can see your profile, when you’re available, and more. To access your settings, click the dropdown menu on your profile picture in the right hand corner of the screen. From there, click “My Preferences”. Then on the left hand side, toggle through each of the following options:
  1. Notifications: Control when and how you’re getting information from Terrapins Connect. Do you want an email when someone messages you on the platform? Or a text? Or both? 
  2. Privacy: Manage how your profile can be seen by others.
  3. Availability: Decide your meeting availability with others in the community. You may choose if you are available and how many people contact you in one month.
  4. Account: Change your email address, password, or if needed, delete your account here.
  5. Manage your Calendar: Configure your calendar settings & preferences for your scheduled meetings. Here, you have the option to privately sync your calendar to show availability. 
  6. Matching Quiz: Update your matching quiz to get recommended users for connections. 

manage settings in Terrapins Connect