Office of the President

Belonging and Community at UMD Survey

Survey closed—thank you for participating!

Stay tuned for updates about results in fall 2024.

If you completed the survey prior to 9 AM on Wednesday, May 1, and opted in for the free ice cream incentive, a voucher will be loaded onto your student ID card within 72 hours. Please wait 72 hours between opting in for the ice cream incentive and attempting to use your coupon.

If you’d already taken the survey when we announced this incentive, don’t worry; we’ve got ice cream for you as well. If you entered your information for the other incentives (like box seats for Terps football and basketball games, the chance to create a Dairy ice cream flavor and more), you’ll receive a free scoop, too, as thanks for your participation.

If you have further questions or need to check on the status of your ice cream after 72 hours, please email

The University of Maryland conducted a comprehensive assessment of our campus to measure belonging and community. This survey, conducted by consultants from Rankin Climate, aimed to capture the experiences and perceptions of our students, faculty and staff to help inform the creation of an action plan designed to improve the sense of connection at UMD. Belonging is essential for individual and community well-being, for personal, academic and professional success, and for ensuring everyone in our community can thrive.

The survey is now closed; please keep an eye out for more information on results in fall 2024. Thank you to all those who participated!

Funds given


to the Campus Pantry


to the Student Crisis Fund

Student Participation Rate Leaderboard

Percentage of student participation by school or college
School or College Student Response Rate
School or College Philip Merrill College of Journalism Student Response Rate 27.23%
School or College College of Arts and Humanities Student Response Rate 26.61%
School or College School of Public Policy Student Response Rate 26.24%
School or College College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Student Response Rate 26.09%
School or College College of Education Student Response Rate 25.64%
School or College College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Response Rate 23.48%
School or College A. James Clark School of Engineering Student Response Rate 23.28%
School or College College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Response Rate 23.09%
School or College College of Information Studies Student Response Rate 20.10%
School or College Robert H. Smith School of Business Student Response Rate 18.68%
School or College School of Public Health Student Response Rate 16.92%
School or College School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Student Response Rate 15.79%
School or College Office of Undergraduate Studies Student Response Rate 10.97%

The above table was last updated on Saturday, May 4, 2024. These are preliminary results.


Create a Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor

One lucky student participant will get to create and name a Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor.

Athletics tickets and apparel

Show off your Terrapin pride! Two survey participants will receive an apparel gift pack.

Help your unit earn funds

The academic unit with the highest percentage of student participation will earn $5,000 that they can put toward events that will build a sense of belonging.

Help campus causes

For every survey completed by a member of UMD's faculty and staff, $1 will be given to (your choice of) either the Campus Pantry or the Student Crisis Fund, up to a total of $10,000!


Timeline of Belonging and Community at UMD survey process
2023: September to November 2024: April 2024: May to June 2024: Summer 2024: Fall
2023: September to November Working group began survey development; communications planning, conducted focus groups, finalized survey, submitted IRB application 2024: April Survey administration (In-person dates: April 10 and 11) 2024: May to June Rankin will code data, conduct database management 2024: Summer Rankin will analyze data, develop data visualization dashboard, write report 2024: Fall Topline findings will be presented to the UMD community

Climate Survey Working Group

Stephanie H. Chang, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Dawn Culpepper, Director, ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence

Contact the co-chairs at

Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment Process Questions


Contact Information