Your Freshman Year

Starts This Fall

Design Your Fall Course Request

Important Dates

March 1

Begin Accepting Enrollment Forms

  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
May 1

Deadline for Best Consideration

  • Certain courses—math and science—fill and close earlier.
Deadline for Students Requiring an F or J Visa

Schedule Planning & Guidelines

Steps for Schedule Planning

Step 1: Print Scheduling WorksheetStep 2: Print Intended Major Course RecommendationsStep 3: Print Courses by Gen EdStep 4: Account for Transfer CreditStep 5: See Testudo (Online Schedule of Classes)Step 6: Optional: Marching Band, Repertoire Orchestra, ROTCStep 7: Complete "Course Request" Section on FC Enrollment FormSpacer image

Need assistance? Schedule an appointment with an FC Advisor at 301-405-7762 or

[FC Enrollment Form available March 1.]

Important Considerations

  • 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 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. You’ll need to 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. You’ll need to 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). You are encouraged to take a full academic load.
  • Tuition for Freshmen Connection is charged at a flat rate for up to 17 credits, including UNIV100.
  • 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.
  • Your schedule is frozen until August 9. You’ll be given instructions on how to make changes at orientation.

Step 1: Print Scheduling Worksheet

Scheduling Worksheet

Use this tool to design your fall schedule. The worksheet helps to avoid selecting courses that have time conflicts and to select alternative choices. Once you’ve designed your schedule, use the worksheet to complete the “Course Request” section on the FC Enrollment Form.

Step 2. Print Intended Major Course Recommendations

In Freshmen Connection, many offered courses fulfill major requirements. Below is a list of majors with a detailed listing of course recommendations. Click on your intended major and print out this information to help design your fall schedule. If you are considering several majors, review the course recommendations for each. If your intended major does not appear below, follow the instructions for “Undecided.” For assistance, schedule an appointment with an FC Advisor at 301-405-7762 or

List of Majors and Recommended Courses Offered in FC

Step 3: Print Courses by Gen Ed

In Freshmen Connection, many courses fulfill General Education Requirements (Gen Ed). 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 you must take a selection of courses from these categories. See General Education @UMD for complete information.

Many courses offered in FC satisfy both Gen Ed AND major requirements. Print out the information below to see which courses fulfill Gen Ed requirements recommended for your major and to help design your fall schedule. For assistance, schedule an appointment with an FC Advisor at 301-405-7762 or

Fundamental Studies is a Gen Ed category that has two requirements: Academic Writing and Math. Each must be completed during the fall or spring semester of a student’s freshman year.

  • Academic Writing: ENGL101
  • Math: Select a math course based on your intended major.
    • FC advisors review the selected course, the results of the Math Placement Test (MPT), and the intended major math requirement. If there are any concerns, you’ll be contacted via email

Step 4: Account for Transfer Credits

Determine Course Equivalency

You may have or will earn credit via AP, IB, A-Level, CLEP or a course taken at another two- or four-year institution. These are all considered “transfer credits.” These credits MAY fulfill General Education or Major Requirements. Prior to submitting the FC Enrollment Form, determine course equivalency so that you don’t register for a course for which you have or will receive credit. To determine course equivalencies, visit Transfer Credit Services.

Transfer Credits Post to Your UMD Transcript

It is your responsibility to ensure that UMD receives all transfer credit information and that this posts to your transcript prior to the start of the fall semester. Once you’ve confirmed spring admission, you should view your Unofficial Transcript.

If information is missing, follow the steps below. Include your full name and UID in all communications:

  • Determine that the scores/transcripts were sent: Contact the agency/institution that has your 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,

Step 5: See Testudo (Online Schedule of Classes)

The live Schedule of Classes on Testudo shows course descriptions, days and times.

Step 6: Marching Band, Repertoire Orchestra, & ROTC

In Freshmen Connection, students may enroll in the Maryland Marching Band, Repertoire Orchestra, Air Force ROTC, Naval ROTC, or Army ROTC. Students must contact the specific department to obtain enrollment requirements as well as submit an additional enrollment form. Band, Orchestra, and certain ROTC courses are not covered by the flat FC tuition rate. Additional tuition charges will post to your student account, based on your residency classification, should you enroll in these courses.

Maryland Marching Band

Ensemble Repertoire Orchestra

Air Force ROTC

Naval ROTC


Step 7: Complete “Course Request” Section on FC Enrollment Form

Enter your preferred schedule in the "Course Request" section of the FC Enrollment Form.

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