Early Registration is an opportunity for currently enrolled students
to register for the upcoming semester. Early Registration is typically
held during November for the Spring semester, and from early April to early
May for the Fall semester. All currently enrolled undergraduate
students are emailed early registration information with links to their registration time,
any appointment blocks, and the Schedule of Classes. Note
- late registration ($20 late fee) begins the first day of classes for each
Graduate students are encouraged to use Testudo,
Follow walk-in registration and
schedule adjustment dates and procedures below.
Undergraduate students are assigned an appointment time based
on student credit level. Most students are eligible to use Testudo for early registration, but
students have the option of in-person registration at the Registrars Office,
first floor Mitchell Building at their scheduled appointment time.
Appointment emails include information about registration dates, links
to your appointment time, any appointment blocks, and the Schedule of
Classes. It is best to take advantage of early registration by registering at
your scheduled appointment time you will have the best opportunity to obtain
your courses for the upcoming semester.
Newly Admitted Students must attend an Orientation program
and will be advised and register at that time. To schedule your orientation, call the Orientation Office
at 301-314-8217. Note that all new students are required to provide documentation
of measles, mumps and rubella, and tetanus/diphtheria. It is the student's
responsibility to provide information to the University Health Center prior
to the beginning of the semester. This requirement is mandatory.
- If you do not receive an early registration email please check your email
address at Testudo address change or call the Registrar's Office at 301-314-8240.
- If you are a DEGREE CANDIDATE you will not receive an appointment email. If you wish to register for the next semester call 301-314-8240
to request an appointment.
STEP 1 -CHECK TESTUDO FOR REGISTRATION BLOCK INFORMATION: Early Registration
appointment information is given in your early registration email.
After receiving your email use Testudo to find
out about advising requirements and information on any outstanding financial
or academic blocks that could delay your registration opportunity.
Please read all the steps before using Testudo or coming for Walk-In
STEP 2 - MAKE ADVISING APPOINTMENT and/or RESOLVE ANY
BLOCKS: For information on specific course and credit restrictions
that may require special permission prior to registering read STEP 3.
- Advising: Advising is required for some students and highly
recommended for all students. Advising is mandatory prior to registering
for newly admitted students, readmitted and reinstated students, students
in certain majors, students on academic warning and dismissal, student
athletes, AAP and IA students, and students who still need to fulfill
fundamental studies requirements. Set up an appointment to see an advisor
as soon as possible.
- Registration Blocks: Visit
testudo to find out if there are any outstanding blocks that need
to be resolved prior to your registration appointment. Students owing money
to the University are not eligible to register until they clear their accounts.
To become eligible to register students must clear their account at the Office of the
Bursar, Lee Building at least 24 hours prior to registering using
Testudo or in-person.
- Fundamental Studies Blocks: If you have completed 35 credits
and have not satisfied the Fundamental Math and English requirements, you
should contact your college office to discuss a temporary extension. If
you are going to register for the required course you must register in
STEP 3 - PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE AND OBTAIN SPECIAL
PERMISSIONS: Use course
listings to plan your schedule. Also select alternative courses and
sections. Read course listings carefully and pay special attention to the
information or note lines associated with each course. Some registration
actions do require special permission. Remember that all special permissions
and advising requirements must be met before registering.
Do you need Special Permission?
- Course Restrictions: These restrictions are listed with individual
course listings. Some courses are open to majors only, others have GPA
or cumulative credit requirements. Courses with the Perm Req notation require
permission from the department offering the course prior to registering.
The department can enter the permission directly into the registration
system using the Electronic
Stamp, or stamp and sign the schedule request form. The schedule request
form can then be taken to that department's college or the Registration counter
for entry into the
system. After submitting permission, you must still process a registration
of the course either by using Testudo or registering in
- Actions Requiring College Approval: All
college offices have access to the Electronic
Stamp and can enter special permissions directly into the registration
system. Exceptions to any of the restrictions listed below require college
approval prior to registering. Remember to register for the course (Testudo
or in-person) after obtaining any special permissions.
- Maximum Credit Limit: Undergraduate students are generally limited
to registering for 16 credits until the first day of classes. Students
can then register for a maximum of 20 credits. Requests to register for
over 16 credits prior to the first day of classes require special permission.
Permission to take over 20 credits always requires college approval.
- CORE Restrictions: Students with over 90 cumulative credits
are restricted to registering for only one CORE course until the first
day of classes. Individual course listings indicate the CORE status of
a class. Any exceptions require college approval.
- Graduate Level Courses: Undergraduates requesting graduate level
courses (those numbered 500 and above) require college approval.
- Time conflicts: Time conflicts are not permitted. All exceptions
require college approval.
- Pass/Fail Grading Method: See Pass/Fail
option requirements for undergraduate students.
- Re-registering for the same course: Students are limited to
the number of times they can register for a course. NO MORE THAN TWO REGISTRATIONS
are permitted for any one course. Each time a course is dropped with a
mark of "W" it will be counted as a registration.
- Immunizations: The University of Maryland requires all freshmen,
new graduate, and transfer students to provide documentation of Measles,
Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus/Diphtheria. It is a student's
responsibility to provide this information to the Health Center before
school begins. This requirement is mandatory.
- Final Exams: The University has no policy on the number of finals
a student can take on one day. Students are strongly encouraged to check
final exam schedule before registering for courses. Those who
find themselves with finals scheduled during the same time or with three or more
finals in a day, should, during the Schedule Adjustment Period
(first ten days of classes), discuss the situation with the Assistant Dean
of the college in which they are majors.
STEP 4 - CHECK ON COURSE AVAILABILITY :
Is the Course Open? Don't wait until you are ready to register to find
out. There are various ways students can check on course availability:
- Schedule of
- Course information, seat counts and closed section information
are all available.
- VENUS - Try the ultimate
course schedule builder!
Information about open and closed courses is also posted in the first
floor hallway of the Mitchell Building during Early Registration.
STEP 5 - COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM AND REGISTER:
Prior to your appointment time make sure all special permissions and
advising requirements have been met. Be prepared with alternate sections.
After completing the steps above use one of the services below at the time
of your scheduled appointment, or anytime there after.
- Drop-add on the Testudo
- In person registration - If you are registering in-person complete
a Schedule Request form prior to your appointment time. Make sure you have
all special permissions. Go to Room 1101 Mitchell Building at your assigned
appointment time. Please be on time. If you are late you may be asked to
make another appointment.
STEP 6 - AFTER YOU REGISTER:
After Early Registration students can drop and add courses during Schedule
Adjustment. Use Testudo or come to the First Floor of Mitchell Building.