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Course Schedule Design

Event Deadlines/Date
Freshmen Connection (FC) Enrollment Opens March 15
Guaranteed Campus Housing: Submit Request May 1
International Students (F or J Visa): Submit FC Enrollment Form May 1
Domestic Students: FC Enrollment is first-come, first-served First-come, first-served
Need help? Schedule an advising appointment via email 

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.

  • Use the tools on this page to design the fall schedule. Once the completed FC Enrollment form has been submitted, an academic advisor will review it to make sure that the selected courses support the intended major.
  • 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. Students must 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. Students must 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). Students are encouraged to take a full academic load to stay on track.
  • 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.
  • Students schedules are frozen until completion of the new student orientation. At orientation, an advisor will explain how to add/drop/waitlist courses.

Print the Scheduling Worksheet.

  • This tool helps with designing the 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 the Intended Major

The admission letter contains information including a student’s official major designation, residency status, and 9-digit University ID (UID) number.

Select Courses Based on the 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 the official major has no bearing on the offer of admission. Students are given instructions at orientation on how to change their major. For Freshmen Connection, students select courses based on the major they intend to pursue.
  • Students whose official major shows Undecided, Letters and Sciences: This means students did not declare a major or they 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 Biological Sciences (all specializations), Chemistry and Biochemistry, Immersive Media Design (Computing and Emerging Creatives tracks), they must successfully complete a certain number of courses called “gateway courses.”
    • Freshmen Connection offers many of these gateway courses, so LEP students start fulfilling requirements in the fall semester. For Freshmen Connection, students select courses based on the major they intend to pursue. For further information and a listing of LEP majors, see LEP.
    • Truly undecided majors should not take a math course during the fall semester. Different majors require different math courses. Students cannot receive credit for math courses that have different tracks. Students MUST still complete the online Math Placement Test.

Majors and Recommended Courses Offered in FC

Select Majors with detailed listings of course recommendations.

  • Access the above link and locate the intended major.
  • Print out this information to help design the fall schedule. 
  • Students who are considering several majors, review the course recommendations for each. 
  • If the intended major does not appear among the course recommendations documents, follow the instructions for “Undecided" or contact an advisor at

Many courses offered in Freshmen Connection satisfy both General Education Requirements (Gen Ed) AND major requirements. Print out the information below to see which courses fulfill Gen Ed requirements recommended for the intended major and to help design the fall schedule.

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 students must take a selection of courses from these categories. For complete information, see UMD General Education.

Determine Course Equivalency

  • Students who 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 to prevent registration for duplicative credit. 
  • To determine course equivalencies, visit Transfer Credit Services.

Ensure Transfer Credits Post to the UMD Transcript

Students must ensure that UMD receives all transfer credit information and that this posts to the UMD transcript prior to the start of the fall semester. Students should view their Unofficial Transcript. If information is missing, follow the steps below. Include 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,
  • If no equivalencies appear: Contact Transfer Credit Services,

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

Confirmation of Submission

After submitting the FC Enrollment Form, students receive two emails. Emails are NOT an acknowledgement of course enrollment. If both emails were not received, contact

  • Email #1: Confirms submission of the FC Enrollment Form
  • Email #2: Confirms submission of $75 enrollment fee payment. The form will not be reviewed until payment has been submitted.

Advisor Review

Advisors will review the submitted FC Enrollment Form. Advisors check to ensure that students have the eligibility for any requested math and science courses (based on Math Placement Test results). They also review the course request to ensure that the selected courses support the intended major, that there are no duplicating requirements, and that a UNIV100 section has been selected. If there are any issues, an advisor will contact students via email.

  • The FC Enrollment Form will not be processed until the results of the MPT have posted to the 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

Students receive a final email confirming that their FC Enrollment Form has been processed.

This email contains instructions on how to access and view the fall course schedule. Review this email promptly and contact an advisor at if there are any questions.

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