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Course Schedule Design


Important Dates Need help? Schedule an advising appointment via email: fc@umd.edu
March 1 Enrollment opens via the FC Enrollment Form
May 1 Enrollment deadline for students requiring an F or J Visa

The Course Schedule Design and FC Enrollment Form Submission Process has 7 Steps. FC enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain courses, particularly math and science, fill and close early. Advisors are available to help you design a schedule. Contact fc@umd.edu for assistance.

  • If you design your schedule using the tools on this page, an academic advisor will review it to make sure that you have selected the correct courses for your intended major. If you need help at any point in the process, email fc@umd.edu for assistance or to schedule an advising appointment.
  • ALL FC students MUST register for UNIV100.  This required one-credit course provides an introduction to University life. Topics include: Academic Study Skills, Time Management, Major Advising, Diversity, Responsible Decision Making, Resident Life and Commuter Issues, Public & Campus Safety, Academic Integrity, and the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Testudo, UMD’s online schedule of classes, provides course descriptions, meet times, and seat availability.
  • Section numbers for FC courses begin with FC.  Some courses offer multiple sections or have discussions that meet at different times and/or locations. Record this information on the Scheduling Worksheet. You’ll need to include the specific section (i.e. FC01, FC02, FC03) on the FC Enrollment Form.
  • Select a first and second choice. Record this information on the Scheduling Worksheet.  You’ll need to include both choices on the FC Enrollment Form.
  • Full-time status for UMD undergraduate students is based on registration for 12 or more credits per semester (at least four three-credit courses). You are encouraged to take a full academic load.
  • All courses follow University policies and procedures and are subject to change. The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons it deems necessary.
  • Your schedule is frozen until you have completed the new student orientation. At orientation, an advisor will explain how to add/drop/waitlist courses using Testudo.

Print the Scheduling Worksheet.

  • This tool helps with designing your fall schedule. Keep track of course selections, avoid courses that have time conflicts, and choose alternative courses.
  • Use this to complete the “Course Request” section on the FC Enrollment Form.

Finding Your Intended Major

Your admission letter contains information including your official major designation, residency status, and 9-digit University ID (UID) number.

Selecting Courses Based on Your Intended Major

In Freshmen Connection, students select courses based on their intended major. Many students are admitted into their intended major for the spring semester. Some change their minds about their intended major.  Others are not admitted into their intended major; instead their official major shows Undecided, Letters and Sciences.

  • Students who have changed their minds about their official major: Changing your official major has no bearing on your offer of admission. You’ll be given instructions at orientation on how to change your major.  When you select your courses in Freshmen Connection, you’ll select courses based on the major(s) you intend to pursue.
  • Students whose official major shows Undecided, Letters and Sciences: This means you did not declare a major or you selected a major which is designated a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP).  Certain majors at UMD are very popular and must limit the number of students who can be accommodated. Before students can apply to majors within the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering, Computer Science or Biology (all specializations), Chemistry and Biochemistry, they must successfully complete a certain number of courses called “gateway courses.” Freshmen Connection offers many of these gateway courses, so you’ll be able to start fulfilling requirements for these LEPs in the fall semester. When you select your courses, you’ll select courses based on the major you intend to pursue. For further information and a listing of LEP majors, see LEP.
  • We recommend that students who are undecided refrain from taking a math course during the fall semester. Different majors require different math courses and students can often receive credit for only one math track (i.e. a student cannot receive credit for both MATH120 and MATH140).

Majors and Recommended Courses Offered in FC

Access the following link and locate your intended major:

Print out this information to help design your fall schedule. If you are considering several majors, review the course recommendations for each. If your intended major does not appear among the course recommendations documents, follow the instructions for “Undecided" or contact an advisor at fc@umd.edu.

In Freshmen Connection, many courses fulfill General Education Requirements (Gen Ed). Gen Ed is a set of courses which all UMD undergraduates must complete in addition to their major requirements to earn an undergraduate degree. Gen Ed has several categories and you must take a selection of courses from these categories.

Many courses offered in FC satisfy both Gen Ed AND major requirements. Print out the information below to see which courses fulfill Gen Ed requirements recommended for your major and to help design your fall schedule.

Determine Course Equivalency

If you took AP, IB, A-Level, CLEP or a course at another two- or four-year institution, these are considered “transfer credits.” These credits MAY fulfill General Education or Major Requirements. Prior to submitting the FC Enrollment Form, determine course equivalency so that you don’t register for a course for which you have or will receive credit. To determine course equivalencies, visit Transfer Credit Services.

Ensure Transfer Credits Post to Your UMD Transcript

It is your responsibility to ensure that UMD receives all transfer credit information and that this posts to your transcript prior to the start of the fall semester. Once you’ve confirmed spring admission, you should view your Unofficial Transcript. If information is missing, follow the steps below. Include your full name and UID in all communications:

  • Determine that the scores/transcripts were sent: Contact the agency/institution issuing the credits and request that they be sent to the University of Maryland.
  • If scores were sent but do not appear on your transcript: Contact the Office of the Registrar, registrar-help@umd.edu.
  • If no equivalencies appear: Contact Transfer Credit Services, transfercredit@umd.edu.

Testudo (Schedule of Classes) shows course descriptions, meet days and times, instructors, and more.

In Freshmen Connection, students may enroll in the following optional courses/programs. Students must contact the specific department to obtain program requirements. Course information (descriptions, days, times, section numbers) may be viewed on Testudo (Schedule of Classes) and should be included on the “Course Request” portion of the FC Enrollment Form.

Submit FC Enrollment Form

Use the completed Scheduling Worksheet to complete the Course Request portion of the FC Enrollment Form.

Confirmation of Submission

After submitting the FC Enrollment Form, you will receive two emails. Emails are NOT an acknowledgement of course enrollment. If you did not receive both emails, contact fc@umd.edu.

  • Email #1: Confirms submission of the FC Enrollment Form
  • Email #2: Confirms submission of payment

Advisor Review

Advisors will review your submitted FC Enrollment Form. Advisors check to ensure that you have the eligibility for any requested math and science courses (based on Math Placement Test results). They also review your course request to ensure that you have chosen the correct courses for your intended major, that you are not duplicating requirements, and that you have selected a UNIV100 section. If there are any issues, an advisor will contact you via email.

  • Your FC Enrollment Form will not be processed until the results of the MPT have posted to your student record.
  • Course seats are not held. Course registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis.  Certain courses, particularly math and science fill and close early. Do not delay taking the MPT.

Confirmation of Schedule and Course Enrollment

  • You’ll receive a final email confirming that your FC Enrollment Form has been processed.
  • This email contains instructions on how to access and view your fall course schedule.
  • Review this email promptly and contact an advisor at fc@umd.edu if you have any questions.
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