Your Freshman Year

Starts This Fall

Enrolled? Complete Before Fall Semester

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

Enrolled Freshmen Connection students must complete or review the following before the first day of classes. Failure to comply UMD Health Requirements or Wellness Training by the associated deadlines may result in a registration block or unwanted charges posting to your student account. Other areas such as policy review, viewing your schedule, etc., will help you get ready for the fall semester!

Comply with UMD Health Requirements

Medical History and Immunization Record

UMD requires that all incoming freshmen submit the Medical History and Immunization Record Form to the University Health Center.

  • Submission Deadline: August 24.
  • Failure to submit the form by this date results in a registration block on your student record, preventing registration for the spring semester.
  • Questions? Contact the University Heath Center at 301-314-8182

Mandatory UMD Health Insurance

UMD requires that all incoming freshmen registered for 6 or more credits have health insurance. Students who do not submit an approved waiver form (see below) before the deadline will be automatically charged and enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Once enrolled there are no refunds or cancellations.

  • Domestic freshmen:
    • May waive coverage contingent upon proof of comparable coverage.
    • To Waive Coverage: www.firststudent.com
    • Submission Deadline: August 23. 
    • Failure to submit the waiver by this date results in the student being automatically enrolled and billed for the University-sponsored plan. Once enrolled, there is no cancellation, credit, or refund.
  • International freshmen:
    • Are automatically enrolled and cannot waive out of coverage.
  • For information on the health insurance plan, including premiums and coverage periods, see www.firststudent.com
  • Questions? Email uhc-insurance@umd.edu or call 301-314-8165.

Complete Wellness Training

All incoming freshmen must complete Wellness Training, a series of online courses in Alcohol Education, Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and Sexual Assault Prevention. At the end of July, the Division of Student Affairs sends instructions to complete this training to the email associated with your student record. To update your contact information, see Mailing or Email Address Change.

Failure to complete this online training before the first day of fall semester results in a registration block on the student record, preventing registration for the spring semester.

Review University Policies

Students who enroll in Freshmen Connection are subject to all UMD policies and procedures. You should review the policies posted on the following UMD websites to understand your obligations as a University of Maryland student.

View Your Fall Schedule

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Student Schedule
  3. Log in using your directory ID/password
  4. Select Fall 2020

Add / Drop

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 2020
  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 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.

Waitlist

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 4 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.

Waitlist Check-in

  1. 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.
  2. Visit: Testudo
  3. Click on Waitlist Check-In
  4. Log in using your Directory ID and Password
  5. 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

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.

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