Frequently Asked Questions

Course Registration
Where can I find out more information about registration?

This website http://www.registrar.umd.edu/reg_guides.html has information about ALL academic info at UMD, including academic calendars and deadlines, course information, transfer credit information, drop/add info, waitlist vs. holdfile, course numbering info, and financial aid information. 

Common Topics: 

  • Waitlist vs. Hold File - Waitlist is an option if you meet the course requirements established by the department offering the course. Hold File is a roster of students who wish to register for a course, but who do not meet the departmental restrictions. These students must be placed on the hold file even though the cousre may have seats available. Students on the waitlist receive priority over those on the hold file. If the course is already closed when a student registers, the waitlist/hold file option may be available. Names are stored on a first come, first served basis. If the student decides to do this, s/he must check in on the first day of classes to see if s/he has received entrance to the class.
  • Proof of Vaccination - All new students are required to provide documentation of inoculation for measles, mumps, and rubella. Additionally, every student residing in an on-campus residence hall must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. If the university does not have a record of immunization, the student's registration may be blocked until this information is received by the University Health Center. Students may request a waiver for this requirement. Students taking courses online, overseas, or at their place of employment (if employment is off-campus) are exempt from this policy. For more information, contact the Unviersity Health Center Info Desk at 301-314-8180 or visit http://health.umd.edu/clinicalservices/allergimmuntravel/immunizations .
  • Registration Blocks - Explanations of Registration Blocks can be found in the Registration Guide. Common blocks are due to the student having no record of immunization on file, or to not having met with their advisor to be cleared for registration. The full list of blocks is available on pg. 8 of the Registration Guide: http://www.registrar.umd.edu/reg_guide_2016-17.pdf.
  • University and Department Repeat Policies - Students may have one repeat of any course taken either for a grade or audited; they cannot register for any given course more than twice. A student's college dean may grant exception allowing an additional course repeat. All attempts will be counted toward the total limit for repeatable credits. Students repeat no more than 18 credits. If a student withdraws from all courses during a semester, those courses are not included in this limit. Students should consult their academic advisor to discuss repeating courses and the implications for transcripts and cumulative GPA.

You can also visit the BSOS Undergraduate Blog for more information about Academic, Transfer Student Resources, and more! Visit the site here: http://bsosundergrad.blogspot.com/

What 1 credit courses can I take?
  • Intergroup Dialogue Classes - These courses are 1 credit each. They last 1/2 semester and you may take up to 6 credits over the time you are here. Go to link to find registration information: http://www.odec.umd.edu/we/index.html.
  • Children's Development Clinic - KNES389E. This is a 1 credit course. This includes "hands-on" clinical experience with children. All participants must be available Saturday mornings. Go to Testudo and read the course description.
  • Courses through the Learning Assistance Center -This includes courses on learning strategies and math study skills. Visit the site to learn more: http://www.counseling.umd.edu/.
  • America Reads*America Counts - Mentors in this program can receive academic credit.  The mission of America Reads, America Counts is to provide a high quality mentoring program to children in Prince George's County Public Schools that enriches learning opportunities for both college and elementary school students. http://thestamp.umd.edu/leader.
How do I register to work in a Faculty Lab?

In order to register for a Faculty Lab, all students must register for the course HESP499. Before you can do this, you must receive departmental permission to lift your registration block. Refer to this guide to learn more about how to register to work in a lab. 

How can I become a TA? 

Students must meet certain requirements in order to become TA's in the HESP department. Students must be at least a Junior at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to TA, have earned an A in the class they want to TA in, be able to attend the class they wish to TA for, and must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Refer to this guide to learn more about how to become a TA.