Undergraduate FAQ - Registration
1. Making/Adjusting Your Schedule
- How do I search for CORE courses?
- How do I adjust my schedule (drop/add)?
- Where can I find my registration time or any registration blocks that might exist?
- How do I get on a waitlist for a class, check my waitlist status, or remove myself from a waitlist?
2. UMD Registration/Blocks
- How many credits can a student register for per semester?
The most credits a student can register for without a special exception is 17 credits.
- How will a student know when their registration time is?
Students are notified of their designated registration time via an email sent to the email they have designated as their official university point of contact. They can also view the time by visiting their myumd portal: my.umd.edu
- What do the different registration blocks mean?
A detailed description of all possible registration blocks (and how to resolve them) can be found at: http://www.testudo.umd.edu/soc/blockd.html
The department has no ability to remove anything but the mandatory advising blocks. Students must see the offices they are directed to when they view the block. Some examples include:
- Immunization block - must go to the Health Center
- Financial block - must talk to the Bursar
- Fundamental studies (math or English) block - must go see the College of AGNR Academic Programs office.
- What is the time period for students to drop/add courses without penalty?
This is any time from when registration opens for them until about 2 weeks after the start of the semester. Students should always check and be aware of what the last day for schedule adjustment is, but as a general rule it is two weeks from the first day of the semester.
- What if dropping a course would put a student below 12 credits?
12 credits is the minimum a student needs to be enrolled in to be considered a full-time student. There are several items that may be contingent upon them having this status. It should be stressed to the students that these are just some of the possible things that could be affected, and that they should speak with parents/examine their individual situation carefully before making this decision. Some of the things most commonly effected are:
- Health insurance - many health insurance providers require an adult child to be registered as a full-time student to be covered under their parents' health insurance
- Scholarships - most (if not all) scholarships require students to be full-time to be eligible and to receive scholarship money
- Financial aid - depending on the financial aid package, it may be contingent on full-time status
- On-campus housing - Students living in on-campus housing are required to be full time students. Dropping below 12 credits can jeopardize future housing.
3. Non-UMD Registration
- What if a student wants to take courses at another institution?
Students taking a course at another institution should keep in mind the following items:
- Students should visit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Center website: http://www.tce.umd.edu and find an equivalent to the UMD course at the desired institution.
- Student should obtain a "Permission to Enroll in Another Institution" form from the Undergraduate office (Room 1415.)
- Student should completely fill out form, including course prefix, number and name at the other institution. Once completed, they need to sign the form and turn it into the ANSC Undergraduate office.
- Once the student has successfully completed the course at the other institution, they need to make sure that the Registrar's Office at that school sends the official transcript/record to UMD's Office of the Registrar. This is the only way the course will be added to their UMD record.
- Students may transfer no more than 60 credits of their degree from a 2yr college and 90 from a 4yr institution.
- A student's final 30 credits must be taken at UM. Students with extenuating circumstances may request an exception to this (see Exception to Policy.)