Your Freshman Year

Starts This Fall

Fall Semester Overview

Changing Your Major

You can 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 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 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 is released for the seniors. More seats 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.

Get Involved this Fall!

Interested in working on campus? Many campus employers want to hear from you now!

Explore UMD’s campus organizations and events for the many opportunities available to enrich your life during your time at Maryland!  Start the fall semester with a plan to get involved!

Reminder: TERPmail & Email of Record

Email is UMD’s official means of communication. Faculty and staff use the email on the student record for all correspondence.  Students are responsible for checking their email, responding in a timely fashion, and maintain current contact information. UMD assumes no responsibility for the delivery of these electronic messages. Check your spam folder.

The email submitted on the application and posted on the student record is known as the Email of Record.  The student may change the email of record at anytime.

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