Winter Session

How to Register

Register for UMD Winter Session

Instructions | Online Courses | Student ID | Email of Record | Housing | Parking | Maximum Load

Registration Timelines

Registration Instructions

  1. Visit Testudo.
  2. Click on Registration (Drop/Add).
  3. Log in with your Directory ID and password.
  4. Select Winter 2019.
  5. Enter the course(s) (ex. ENGL101) and section number(s) (ex. 0101, WB11) into the Drop/Add table and click Submit Changes.
    • A message may appear in the course block.
    • Read the message then click Ok to add the course.
  6. When finished with registration, click Payment Options to make a payment or to select a payment exemption (for students that will be utilizing Financial Aid, Veteran, Tuition Remission, Athletic Scholarship, or 3rd Party Billing).
    • Several programs are exempt from immediate payment. For more detail, see exempt programs
  7. For complete information, review the Winter Session payment policy

Important Registration Notes

  • Maximum Load: Policy on the maximum number of credits for which you can register.
  • Winter Session Payment Policy: Should full payment not successfully post to the student account within 48 business hours after registration, you may be canceled or withdrawn, lose your seat if the course is full, and blocked from future Winter Session registration.
  • 3-week Winter Session: Due to its compressed nature, the Schedule Adjustment Period (Drop/Add) ends on the first day of classes for Winter Session at 4:30 p.m.
  • Online Courses: After registration, it may take 24 – 48 hours before you obtain access to the online course. Students who register on the first day of classes for a 3-week session will run into access issues, which may cause you to fall irreparably behind.

Waitlist & Waitlist Check-in

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 listed in Registration Instructions.
  2. You’ll get the message about the course being closed. 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 states that there are no open sections for that course and will not give you a waitlist option.
  5. Beginning on the first day of classes, you must check-in daily. Visit Testudo) and select Waitlist Check-In.
    • If one day is missed, you will be dropped from the waitlist and must start over. The move from waitlist status to enrolled status is an automatic enrollment transaction if a seat becomes available.

Visiting Students: Non-Photo ID

Visiting students may obtain a non-photo ID from Customer Services, First Floor Mitchell Building, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Questions about the non-photo ID? Contact Customer Services at

Visiting students taking an online course do not need a non-photo ID to access UMD resources. Upon admission, you receive an email with instructions to set-up login protocols that permits such access. To access the following UMD resources, click on the links below:

Email of Record

UMD uses the email on your student record for all correspondences regarding your registration. UMD assumes no responsibility for the delivery of these electronic messages. Check your spam folder. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain current contact information. Follow these steps to update your contact information:

  • Visit: Testudo
  • Click on Change Address/Email

On-Campus Housing

Visiting Students: On-campus housing is not available. There are hotels within easy walking distance of campus. A search via the Web is recommended.

Current UMD Students: Contact the Department of Resident Life, email:


Campus parking requires a valid UMD parking registration and regulations are strictly enforced at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. UMD uses a License Plate Recognition system. To register your vehicle or for more information, contact the Department of Transportation.

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