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Fall Semester Overview

View Fall Schedule | Add/Drop | Waitlist | Textbooks | Changing Major | Fall Advising | Spring Registration

View Your Fall Schedule

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Student Schedule
  3. Log in using your directory ID/password
  4. Select Fall 2019


The Office of the Registrar provides video instruction for utilizing Testudo to adjust your schedule.

Add a Course (starting at orientation)

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Registration (Drop/Add)
  3. Log in using your directory ID and password
  4. Select Fall 2019
  5. Enter the course(s) (ex. ENGL101) and section number(s) (ex. FC01, FCW1) into the Drop/Add table and click Submit Changes
    • If the course is closed, the system will ask you if you want to be placed on the Waitlist/Holdfile (see below).
    • Once you register for all of your courses, click on View Schedule for a printable course schedule.

Drop a Course (starting at orientation)

  1. Follow steps 1 through 4 listed in the Add a Course.
  2. Click on the Drop link for the course that you want to drop (located on the right hand side of the table).
  3. The system will ask you to confirm that you wish to drop this course, click Enter if you wish to drop the course.
  4. NOTE: You cannot drop all of your courses; you must be registered for at least one course at all times. You cannot drop UNIV100.


The Office of the Registrar provides video instruction for utilizing Testudo to waitlist courses.

Waitlist a Course (starting at orientation)

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 listed in Add a Course.
  2. You’ll get the message about the course being closed. If you wish to add yourself to the waitlist/holdfile, click the Add to Waitlist button.
    • You'll then be presented with a message regarding the waitlist process. After reading the notice, click the Confirm button to continue.
  3. Select the section(s) you want to waitlist and click the Add to Waitlist button.
    • If open sections are available, click the Open Sections tab and select which section you would like to add and then click the Select button.
  4. NOTE: If you do not type the section number, the system will tell you that there are no open sections for that course and will not give you a waitlist option.
  5. Remember to periodically check the waitlist (from Testudo).
  6. Once the semester starts, you must check the waitlist every day during the schedule adjustment period or else you will be removed from the waitlist.

Checking the Waitlist

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Click on Waitlist Check-In
  3. Log in using your Directory ID and Password
  4. By logging in you have checked the waitlist. You will see the courses that you waitlisted and your position on the waitlist. If you have received a space in the course, it will note that the course was added to your schedule.

Waitlist Reminders

  • To be eligible for the waitlist/hold file you cannot be registered for any other section of the desired course. If you are currently registered for any other section of the course, you must drop that section before you can be placed on the waitlist. If you remain registered for another section of the same course at the time you waitlist, you will be removed from the waitlists.
  • You may select up to six (6) sections of a course. The first section to become available will be assigned to you by the computer. Since you will now be registered for a section, your name will be removed from the waitlist for that course. If you subsequently refuse the assigned section (by not checking in), that section will be given to the next person waiting for it. You may, at that time, request to be PLACED AT THE END OF THE WAITING LIST FOR ANOTHER SECTION.
  • You cannot waitlist a course that you do not have the math eligibility for (e.g., MATH140 or CHEM135).
  • You cannot waitlist a course if it would take you over 17 credits. However, you may opt to drop a course, waitlist your intended course, and re-add the courses that you had dropped. If you drop a course, you may not be able to get a seat in that course again. Remember, there are other students adding and dropping courses as well and they may take your seat!
  • You cannot waitlist a course that conflicts with something already on your schedule, unless you plan to drop the course that conflicts with the waitlist section at the time the section is received. It is your responsibility to adjust your schedule accordingly.
  • For high demand courses, the Registrar may notify you via email when a seat becomes available off of the waitlist. Please note, however, that this process is not automated and it is the student’s responsibility to check the waitlist periodically and daily beginning on the first day of classes. You are not added to a course until you have checked-in via Testudo.

Dropping off the Waitlist

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Click on Waitlist Check-In
  3. Click on the Drop button in the block for the course you no longer wish to waitlist.
  4. You'll be presented with a message asking you to confirm your removal from the waiting list. If you wish to remove yourself, click the Confirm Drop button.
  5. Note: If you receive a space off the waiting list when attempting to drop, you will need to follow the instructions above for Dropping a Course.

Course Textbooks

You are free to purchase your books through any vendor you wish, however the University Book Center will ensure you get the right book for each class and they price match Amazon and local competitors. If no textbook is listed, either none is required or the instructor has not yet made an assignment.

The Libraries have purchased textbooks for many of the most popular courses on campus. They are available at the McKeldin Library Services Desk, and you can borrow them for 4 hours at a time. You can search to see if your books are included on the Libraries' Top Textbooks webpage.

Changing Your Major

To change your major once the fall semester begins, contact the Freshmen Connection Advising Office at

  • Major change requests may be made through November 14, 4:30 p.m.
  • Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP):
    • Certain majors are very popular and limit the number of students who can be accommodated. These majors are called Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP).
    • Students may apply to an LEP once a certain number of gateway courses have been completed. Note that Communication, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Government and Politics, Journalism, and Psychology are LEPs that may be declared during a student’s first semester.
    • Until these requirements have been met, your major is most likely listed as Undecided Letters and Sciences.
  • For further information and a listing of LEP majors, see LEP.

View Your Official Major:

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Click on Degree Audit
  3. Click on Undergraduate Students
  4. Logon: use your Directory ID and Password
  5. Click on Request Audit
  6. Your official major is listed under Title

Fall Advising

Advisors are available throughout the fall semester to answer questions in-person, by email, or over the phone. To reach an advisor, email or call 301.405.7762. Advisors also disseminate important academic deadlines and procedures throughout the fall semester via your email of record. Students are responsible for accessing their email and should contact the FC advisors with any questions. Students’ advising home for the fall semester is Letters and Sciences. FC advisors do not provide academic advising for the spring semester. This will occur directly with your spring advising college.

Spring Advising & Registration

Spring Registration

Towards the end of the fall semester, you will prepare to register for the upcoming spring semester. UMD, like other colleges and universities, has a tiered registration system. Registration times are determined by the earned number of credits prior to the start of the fall semester and admission term (i.e fall or spring). It’s important that you have all Transfer Credits posted to your student record prior to the first day of classes.

To view Registration Appointment and Advising Blocks starting in November:

  1. Visit Testudo
  2. Click on Appointment and Registration Status
  3. Log-in using your Directory ID and password

UMD has developed a system of releasing seats wherein a certain percent of seats are opened first for the seniors. More are released as the juniors enter their registration time slot; then more are released for the sophomores, etc. The system continues up through the first day of classes for the upcoming semester. Finally, academic units may also open up additional sections or increase seat levels.

Below is the registration order for the upcoming spring semester:

  • Current UMD Seniors
  • Current UMD Juniors
  • Current UMD Sophomores
  • Current UMD Fall Admitted Freshmen
  • Current Freshmen Connection Students
  • Transfer students and other Spring Admitted Students

Early Registration

If you are eligible for early registration, this does not apply until after your semester of admittance to the University. In other words, if you were admitted for the spring semester, you would be eligible for early registration beginning in the following fall semester. Participation in Freshmen Connection or other programs does not affect this policy.

Spring Advising

To register for the spring semester, you must satisfy mandatory advising requirements for your spring advising college. Your advisors will inform you of these requirements via email. FC advisors do not provide academic advising for the upcoming spring semester. This occurs directly with your spring advising college.

Students will be given specific directions regarding mandatory advising via email in October/November. Most colleges require one advising meeting with the college and another meeting with the department. Advising appointments usually occur in late November/early December.

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