Guide to the University of Maryland Directory


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The University of Maryland (UMD) Directory contains contact information on all current faculty, students, staff, and sponsored affiliates. You can use the UMD Directory to find these contacts and manage your Directory Profile. If you have any questions, contact the Service Desk at 301.405.1500 or at itsupport@umd.edu.

Activate your university Directory ID and passphrase

New UMD Community members can click Activate Account to activate your Directory ID and passphrase for the first time. You will be asked to verify your identity before activating your account. To do so, you must provide your SID number or the last 5 digits of your Social Security numberdate of birth, and last name.

After activating your account, you will be able to log into UMD applications such as Testudo (for Students), ARES (for Faculty and Staff), ELMS-Canvas, and PHR Timesheets.

To learn more, view our IT Library article on activating your account and services.

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Search the Directory

Click Directory Search to search the UMD Directory for contact information on current faculty, students, and staff. At the Directory Search page, enter the first or last name of the community member you are looking for, and a list of matching results will be displayed.

You can also select the Name sounds like option to search for partial names, or you can conduct an Advanced Search if you have more information about the contact available.

 Advanced Search options expanded on Directory search page

Faculty, staff, and sponsored affiliate email addresses, phone numbers, and office locations are available to the general public through the UMD Directory. Student information is not publicly available and can only be viewed by UMD community members. To conduct a Student search, you must log in to your UMD Account. 

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Create and edit security questions

Upon activation of your Directory ID and passphrase, you must create security questions that can be used to access your account in the event of a forgotten passphrase or lockout. You can set and update these security questions by clicking the Security Questions link on the UMD Directory page.

From the security questions page, you can select and provide answers to up to three security questions.

To learn more, view our IT Library article on creating and updating security questions

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Change and reset your passphrase

 Your Directory passphrase must be reset every 180 days. If your passphrase is due for a reset or you have lost or forgotten your passphrase, you can change or set your passphrase from the UMD Directory page.

Change your passphrase

If you know your Directory passphrase and need to change it to fulfill the university's passphrase reset requirement, click Change passphrase. Complete the passphrase Management form to change your passphrase. You may also update your security questions at this time.

To learn more, view our IT Library article on changing your Directory passphrase

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Set your passphrase

If you have lost or forgotten your passphrase , contact the Service Desk for assistance with a passphrase reset. After your passphrase has been reset, go to the UMD Directory page and click Set passphrase.

You may be asked to verify your identity before setting your passphrase. After verifying your identity, complete the passphrase Management form to set your passphrase. You may also update your security questions at this time.

To learn more, view our IT Library article on setting your Directory passphrase.  

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View and edit your Directory profile

Current faculty, students, staff, and sponsored affiliates can use the UMD Directory to access their passphrase-protected Directory Profile. You may be asked to verify your identity before accessing your directory entry. As with your personal directory entry, your Directory Profile will contain the following personal and contact information, some of which is unavailable to the public.

Personal Information

Contact Information

From your Directory Profile, you can also add or update a recovery phone number. To learn more, view our IT Library articles on how to add or update a recovery phone number.

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