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Grade, Credits, & Attendance Policy

Terp Scholars are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. Students are registered for one three-credit university course for which a grade and credits will be earned. The course cannot be taken pass-fail or audit. The grade and credits earned post to the UMD transcript and are part of the student academic record. If admitted to the University of Maryland as an undergraduate student in the future, the grade will also be included in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Terp Scholars must attend the program in its entirety. Students are not permitted to miss class time, including arriving late and/or leaving early. Anyone who has an obligation such as employment, club sport, travel, or similar commitment should consider whether this will interfere with program requirements. Lack of course attendance can lead to program dismissal or lead to a poor grade posting on the academic record.

UMD follows the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) policies on "contact hours," a shorthand term referring to the amount of time required in various forms of education to earn credit. Credit-bearing courses are divided into three types based on MHEC contact hour requirements: lectures, laboratories, and internships. This applies to courses delivered online or face-to-face.   

One credit equals:

  • 15 hours of actual class time
  • 30 hours of supervised laboratory or studio time
  • 45 hours of instructional situations such as practica, internships, and cooperative

In addition to the time a student spends in class, for every one credit hour of class time, successful college students spend approximately two hours outside of class studying. Below is a helpful chart that recaps a student’s obligation towards a 3-credit course.  *Note:  some courses have longer meeting times due to studio, lab, and other course requirements. The additional course meeting times do not require additional study time.

3-credit Course Hours per day Hours per 5-day week
Class Meet Time* 3 15
Study Time 6 30
TTL Course Effort 9 45

Unlike high school, where a student’s time is structured with parents, teachers, and other adults setting limits, much of your time in the program is unstructured. Whereas in high school, teachers take formal attendance, check notebooks, use chalkboard or whiteboards, impart knowledge and facts, and teach to the text, college professors rarely teach the text, often lecture nonstop without white boards, etc., require research and thinking beyond the facts, and seldom take attendance.

It is important to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day. This total effort shown in the chart above does not include other daily activities. The great challenge you’ll face as a Terp Scholar is to take responsibility, set limits, and design a plan of study.

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