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Orientation | Get Involved | Fall Schedule, Drop/Add, Waitlist | Textbooks | Changing Major | Fall Advising | Spring

We’re happy that you’ve chosen to attend the University of Maryland this fall!

Once you receive the confirmation of enrollment e-mail, your schedule is frozen until August 9. Here is information for orientation, the fall schedule, textbooks, and other considerations. Pay attention to the deadlines for the Immunization Record Form and waiving the mandatory UMD Health Insurance.


Prior to attending your scheduled orientation (see your FC confirmation e-mail), review and print the following:

Students who are unable to come to campus during the summer may select the online orientation option.

Get Involved this Fall!

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

Start exploring campus organizations that you might like to join!

  • Log-in (using your Directory ID and password) to OrgSync, UMD’s student organization gateway, to get started!

Fall Schedule

View Fall Schedule

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Student Schedule
  3. Log in using your directory ID/password
  4. Select Fall 2017

Registering for a Course (starting August 9)

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Registration (Drop/Add)
  3. Log in using your directory ID and password
  4. Select Fall 2017
  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.

Dropping a Course (starting August 9)

  1. Follow steps 1 through 4 listed in the Registering for 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.

Registering for a Waitlisted Course

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 listed in the Registering for 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.
  • You will not receive notification that you have been added to a course from the waitlist. As stated previously, you will need to check the waitlist periodically and on the first day of classes, you must check-in to the waitlist every day.

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

Instructors are not required to list their books on Testudo and many may not do so until closer to the start of the fall semester. If no books are listed, check back again later or contact the instructor. If an instructor requires a textbook and it is not listed, it will be noted on the course syllabus. Textbooks may be purchased from the campus bookstore, any other textbook store, or an online vendor.

Changing Your Major

The change of major form may be submitted once the fall semester begins. Visit the Freshmen Connection Advising Office, 0132 Main Administration Building, and complete the form.

  • August 28 - November 14, 4:30 p.m.
  • Limited Enrollment Program (LEP): Students may not apply to change their major to many LEPs until a certain number of gateway courses have been completed. Until these requirements have been met, your major is most likely listed as Undecided Letters and Sciences. For further information on LEPs, visit
  • LEP majors that cannot be declared during the fall semester are Business, Engineering, Journalism, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Environmental Sciences and Policy – Biodiversity and Conversation.

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

FC advisors are available throughout the fall semester to answer questions in-person, by e-mail, or over the phone. FC advisors also disseminate important academic deadlines and procedures throughout the fall semester via the student e-mail of record. Students are responsible for accessing their e-mail and should contact the FC advisors with any questions. Students’ advising home for the fall semester is the Office of Extended Studies. 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 on student type (i.e, fall, FC, transfer, other spring-admitted). It’s important that you have all AP/IB/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

Spring Advising

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

NOTE: 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.

Letters and Sciences: Two-part Advising Process

  1. Complete a Pre-Planning Advising Session in September/October. FC advisors send information out about these sessions via email.
  2. Attend a LTSC Workshop. Letters and Sciences advisors attend your UNIV100 section on a pre-determined date to answer questions and provide course recommendations for the upcoming spring semester. After this workshop, your Letters and Sciences advisor will contact you via email when your registration block is removed. Please Note: All students must attend class on the date of the LTSC Workshop.

Other Colleges

Students with majors other than Letters and Sciences 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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