- Classification of Students
- Courses Taken Through Consortium Agreements
- Credit Hours and Maximum Semester Credits
- Registering for Classes
- Registration Cancellation
- Schedule Adjustment and Drop Period
- Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Level Courses
- Graduate Credit for Undergraduates
- Veterans Benefits
- Withdrawal from the University
Classification of Students
Official classifications of undergraduate students are based on cumulative credits as follows:
- freshman, 0-29 credit hours;
- sophomore, 30-59 credit hours;
- junior, 60-89 credit hours; and
- senior, 90 or more credit hours.
Refer to policy for details: III-6.40(A) University of Maryland, College Park Policy on Classification of Undergraduate Students
Courses Taken Through Consortium Agreements
Eligible students may enroll in courses at other universities via the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or the University System of Maryland's Inter-Institutional Registration Program. Courses taken at another institution may not be credited toward a degree program without prior approval of the dean of the college from which the student expects to earn a degree.
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area consists of:
- American University
- The Catholic University of America
- Gallaudet University
- The George Washington University
- George Mason University
- Georgetown University
- Howard University
- Marymount University
- National Defense University
- National Intelligence University
- Trinity Washington University
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- University of the District of Columbia
Students enrolled in degree-seeking programs at these institutions are able to attend certain classes at the other campuses and have the credit considered as resident credit at their home institutions. The intention is to allow students to take an occasional course to augment a program rather than to develop an individual program. Payment of tuition for courses will be made to the student's home campus, but special fees may be assessed by the host institution. Comparable courses offered at University of Maryland may not be taken through the consortium.
Currently registered, degree seeking University of Maryland students with at least junior standing may participate in the consortium program according to the stipulations listed in the current edition of the Registration Guide. Enrollment in courses is available only on a space-available basis. Visiting students are expected to meet prerequisites or other criteria set by the host institution and comply with the host institution's registration procedures and deadlines.
Golden ID students are not eligible to enroll in courses through the consortium with waiver of fees. University of Maryland students may only enroll in courses offered on the campus of the host institution. Students interested in additional information about the consortium program should review the Office of the University Registrar website at: registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/consortium or contact the consortium coordinator by email at email@example.com or in person on the first floor of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Building.
University System of Maryland Inter-Institutional Registration Program
Currently registered, degree seeking University of Maryland, College Park students have the opportunity to take courses at certain University System of Maryland institutions to augment their degree program at University of Maryland under the Inter-Institutional Registration Program. The provisions for such are contained in the Board of Regents Policy on Student Concurrent Inter-Institutional Registration (BOR III 2.40;III 2.41) found at www.usmd.edu/regents. Participating institutions include:
- Bowie State University
- Coppin State University
- Frostburg State University
- Salisbury University
- Towson University
- University of Baltimore
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
- University of Maryland, Global Campus*
*University of Maryland College Park undergraduates may not enroll in courses at the University of Maryland Global Campus through this program. Currently registered, degree seeking University of Maryland students with at least sophomore standing may enroll in courses for credit, and have that credit considered as resident credit at their home institution. Enrollment in courses is available only on a space-available basis and visiting students are expected to meet prerequisites or other criteria set by the host institution. Payment of tuition for courses will be made to the student's home campus however special fees may be assessed by the host institution. Students interested in additional information about the Inter-Institutional Registration program should review the Office of the University Registrar website at: registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/inter-institutional or contact the inter-institutional coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person on the first floor of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Building.
Inter-Institutional Registration is only applicable for the fall and spring semesters.
Credit Hours and Maximum Semester Credits
No baccalaureate curriculum requires fewer than 120 semester hours. The semester hour, which is the unit of credit, is the equivalent of a subject pursued one period a week for one semester. Two or three hours of laboratory or field work are equivalent to one lecture or recitation period.
In order for undergraduate students to complete most curricula in four academic years, their semester load must range from 12 to 19 hours (30 to 36 hours each year) toward the degree. Undergraduates may not exceed the following maximum credit loads without the prior approval of their Dean:
- 15 week semester: 20 credits (16 credits prior to the first day of classes)
- 6 week session: 8 credits
- 3 week session: 4 credits
Registering for Classes
Office of the University Registrar
Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Building
To attend classes at the University of Maryland, it is necessary to process an official registration. Specific registration dates and instructions are available on registrar.umd.edu.
Newly admitted students are required to attend an orientation session (see Orientation Information). Advising and course registration are part of the orientation process. All newly admitted students must meet with an advisor prior to registration. Likewise, all newly admitted students are required to provide proof of immunization for measles, rubella, mumps and tetanus/diphtheria. Additionally, Maryland law requires residence hall students to either provide proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease or seek an exemption from this requirement.
Refer to policy for details: V-1.00(H) University of Maryland, College Park Immunization Policy
Currently enrolled undergraduate students receive a notification email that includes information about early registration, a link to check their registration time, and any registration blocks. Provided students resolve any registration blocks, students can register at, or any time after, their assigned registration appointment date and time. Registration appointments for the fall semester begin in late March, and appointments for the spring semester begin in late October. Registration can be processed on Testudo (testudo.umd.edu) or in person. Open registration follows early registration, and continues up to the first day of classes. During this time, students may process an original registration or make schedule adjustments. The schedule adjustment period begins on the first day of classes. All registration transactions, either on-line or in person, are final unless a student processes a cancellation of registration.
Registration information for Summer Term, Winter Term, Freshmen Connection, and Professional Programs may be found at oes.umd.edu.
Students who register and later decide not to attend the university must submit a Cancellation of Registration Form to the Office of the University Registrar prior to the official first day of classes: registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/cancelreg.
Failure to cancel registration will result in a financial obligation to the University of Maryland even if a student does not attend class. The university reserves the right to cancel registration for students who fail to meet their financial obligations.
Schedule Adjustment and Drop Period
About the Schedule Adjustment Period
Courses may be added, when space is available, during the schedule adjustment period, and will appear on the student's permanent record. Courses dropped during this period will not appear on the student's permanent record. The schedule adjustment period is the first 10 days of classes for the fall and spring semesters.
For the standard 6-week Summer Sessions I and II, the schedule adjustment period is typically the first 4 days of classes; for the Winter Session and the standard 3-week Summer sessions, the schedule adjustment period is the first day of classes. Complete information on schedule adjustment and drop period for Summer Session, Winter Session, Freshmen Connection, and Professional Programs may be found at oes.umd.edu.
Information on non-standard courses can be found at: registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/non-standard.
During the schedule adjustment period, full-time undergraduates may drop or add courses, or change sections or credit level without financial penalty, provided they remain full-time students (registered for 12 or more credits). See Penalties for Drops During Schedule Adjustment. for information and penalties associated with changing from full-time to part-time.
Part-time undergraduates (fewer than 12 credits) may also add, drop and change sections, as well as change credit level, but should consult Penalties for Drops During Schedule Adjustment to avoid incurring additional charges.
Grading method (including pass-fail or audit) may be changed only during the schedule adjustment period.
After Schedule Adjustment
Courses may not be added without special permission from the student's academic advising college.
All courses for which the student is enrolled shall remain as a part of the student's permanent record. The student's status shall be considered full-time if the number of credit hours enrolled at this time is 12 or more.
The drop period for undergraduate students will begin at the close of the schedule adjustment period and terminate at the end of the tenth week of classes for the fall and spring semesters. Consult the academic calendar at registrar.umd.edu/deadlines for dates.
Drops during this period will be recorded on the student's permanent record with a mark of W and will not be used in the computation of a student's cumulative grade point average. During this period a student may drop a maximum of four credits. However, if the course carries more than four credits, the student may drop the entire course, or in the case of a variable credit course, reduce the credit level by up to four credits. A course dropped with a W will count as an attempt at a course for the purposes of the course repeat guidelines.
Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Level Courses
Subject to requirements determined by the graduate faculty of the department or program offering the course, undergraduate degree-seeking students may register for graduate-level courses, i.e., those numbered from 600 to 898, with the exception of 799, for undergraduate credit. The student must obtain the prior approval of the department and instructor offering the course, as well the approval of the Dean of his or her academic college.
Students eligible for this option normally will have achieved Junior standing, will have a GPA of at least 3.0, and will have successfully completed the prerequisite courses with a grade of "B-" or better.
Enrollment in a graduate-level course does not in any way imply subsequent departmental or Graduate School approval for admission into a graduate program, nor may the course be used as credit for a graduate degree at the University of Maryland.
Graduate Credit for Undergraduates
An undergraduate degree-seeking student at the University of Maryland may register for graduate-level courses (600-897) with the approval of the Dean of his or her academic college, the chair of the department, the instructor offering the course, and the Dean of the Graduate School. These courses will be recorded as "for graduate credit only" and may ONLY be applied toward an advanced degree at this university or elsewhere. Students eligible for this option must have achieved Junior standing, will have a GPA of at least 3.0, and will have successfully completed the prerequisite courses with a grade of "B-" or better.
The student must submit a plan of study showing that taking graduate courses will not unduly delay completion of the requirements for the bachelor's degree. The total of graduate and undergraduate credits attempted in any semester may not be more than 18. The graduate credits so earned will not count toward any requirements for the bachelor's degree. An undergraduate student may take a maximum of nine graduate credits when taken as graduate credits only. Programs can petition the Dean of the Graduate School to request up to 12 graduate credits for undergraduates, such as for combined bachelor’s-master’s programs. Courses in a 12-week term program are not open to undergraduate students. In order to earn a graduate degree or certificate, students must be admitted into the Graduate School. Please see the combined bachelor's-master's policy for credit limits that pertain to those programs.
Students attending the university under the Veterans Education Assistance Act (Title 38, U.S. Code) may receive assistance and enrollment certification at the Office of the University Registrar, Veteran Certification Services, 1113 Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Building. Students are responsible for understanding their eligibility for benefits and should consult va.gov/education/eligibility or the School Certifying Official (SCO) for additional information.
Any students using VA benefits should submit UMD’s VA Enrollment Certification Request Form to the SCO as soon as they register for any term they are using the benefits. Students using benefits at the University are also required to provide a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the SCO within their first term of enrollment.
GI Bill® Delayed Payment Policy
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Any student using Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, who has a COE on file with the institution, will not be assessed late fees or financial penalties for the portion of the account that is covered by VA. Any delay in disbursement of VA funds will not impact a student’s ability to enroll or have access to school resources that are available to other students who have already paid. Covered students will not be required to secure additional funding for the portion of the student account that is covered by their VA benefits.
Students may be assessed late fees and financial penalties for any portion of the account that is not covered by VA benefits.
Eligible service members of the United States Armed Forces are entitled to priority registration at the University of Maryland as per the 2018 State of Maryland HB1074. An eligible service member is:
- a currently serving member of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the National Guard and the Military Reserves, or
- a veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the National Guard and the Military Reserves, who has received an honorable discharge, or a certificate of satisfactory completion of military service.
To be granted priority registration, qualifying students need to submit proof of eligibility (i.e. military ID card, DD-214, or certificate of satisfactory completion of military service) to:
University of Maryland
Office of the University Registrar
Veterans Certification Services
Clarence Mitchell Jr. Building, Room 1113
College Park, MD 20742
Students admitted to the University of Maryland are expected to make regular and consistent progress towards the completion of their degree. However, the university understands that in exceptional circumstances a student may find it necessary to completely withdraw from all classes. The university considers such an interruption to be very serious as it delays normal progress towards the degree. Students should not withdraw for frivolous reasons or to avoid the consequences of ignoring their academic responsibilities. Any student considering withdrawal is strongly encouraged to meet with his or her academic college advisor before leaving the university.
Withdrawing from the university may have serious implications for international students, students receiving financial aid or students residing in on-campus housing. Students are advised to contact the appropriate offices before finalizing withdrawal plans for withdrawing from the university.
- Student Financial Services Office, 1135 Lee Building, 301-314-9000, billpay.umd.edu
- Department of Resident Life, 2100 Annapolis Hall, 301-314-2100, reslife.umd.edu
- International Student & Scholar Services, 1126 H.J. Patterson Hall, 301-314-7740, globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services
A withdrawal is available anytime between the first and last day of classes. Students must submit the Withdrawal Form to the Office of the University Registrar no later than the last day of classes:
In exceptional cases, a retroactive withdrawal (registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/retrowithdraw) may be granted based on documented requests in which extenuating circumstances significantly impaired the student's ability to complete the semester and officially withdraw by the established semester deadlines. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to, medical or psychological causes. A student's return to the university is contingent upon the conditions outlined in Return to the University below.
Return to the University
Normally, a student may withdraw from the university only once during matriculation as an undergraduate. Students who find it necessary to leave the university are required to petition the Faculty Review Board in order to return. Students who have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, with no previous withdrawal, are exempt from this requirement. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence while on academic probation, or those returning from dismissal, are always required to petition the Faculty Review Board. For information on returning to the university, please see studentsuccess.umd.edu.
Additional Withdrawal Information
The effective date of withdrawal for the purposes of refunds is the date that the notice is received by the Office of the University Registrar. Notation of withdrawal and the effective date will be posted to the student's academic record. Instructors and college offices will be notified of all withdrawn students. The deadline date for submitting the withdrawal for each semester is the last day of classes. Students should contact the Student Success Office for re-enrollment information.
Courses taken during the academic semester from which the student is officially withdrawn are not counted as attempts under the repeat policy.
It is the intent of the University of Maryland, College Park, to facilitate the withdrawal or change in registration and the re-enrollment of students who are called to active military duty during the semester. The student (or a representative) should take (or send) a copy of the military orders to the Office of the University Registrar and process a withdrawal form or change in registration paperwork. Detailed information about this process may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar. Withdrawal for active military service will have no effect on any subsequent request to withdraw from the University.
Dismissal of Delinquent Students
The University reserves the right to request at any time the withdrawal of a student who cannot or does not maintain the required standard of scholarship, or whose continuance in the University would be detrimental to his or her health, or the health of others, or whose conduct is not satisfactory to the authorities of the university. Additional information about the dismissal of delinquent students may be found in the Code of Student Conduct.