As UMBC continues to monitor COVID-19 closely and works to ensure the safety and well-being of our community, we recognize your continued access to academic advising support will be necessary. Please refer to information provided by your program director or faculty advisor for specific instructions regarding the advising process for your department.
How will I receive fall 2022 academic advising?
Fall 2022 advance registration for undergraduates will begin April 5th. As a reminder, undergraduates must meet with their academic advisor to receive clearance before registering.
Students will be offered a range of options for accessing and meeting with their academic advisor, including, but not limited to, Google Calendar, WebEx, Google Hangout Meets, email, and phone. Some advisors may also be offering an opportunity for in-person advising. We encourage you to keep an eye out for more specific details from your academic department regarding updated advising protocols.
What can I do to prepare for my advising appointment?
- Check out your Registration Guide, complete with step by step directions on the entire advising and registration process and review your Degree Audit.
- Schedule an appointment with your advisor. Please keep an eye out for more specific details from your department or academic advisor regarding advising protocols.
- Review the Fall 2022 Schedule of Classes, available online beginning March 28, and put together a tentative schedule using the Scheduler Builder.
- Check your myUMBC account to be sure you have no outstanding obligations that could prevent you from registering, i.e., past due balances, vaccinations, etc. If you have an administrative hold, you will have already received a myUMBC alert. Keep in mind, you can still receive advising clearance, even if you have an administrative hold.
- Consider enrolling in Summer 2022 to stay on track or get ahead. Summer 2022 registration will be available March 1.
Do you have questions regarding UMBC Academic Requirements, Regulations, and Policy?
I am planning to graduate this semester. Is there additional information I need to know?
If you are planning to graduate this semester, please review the Eligibility for Undergraduate Commencement Participation and Honors Eligibility Requirements.
Additional Remote Learning Information and Resources
USG Information and Resources
USG COVID-19 Updates
Updated regularly with important news, dates, and changes.
USG Community Resources During COVID-19
Resources for both currents students in programs at USG and for any community members who need them.
USG Priddy Library Access
An overview of the availability of and access to library programs, and services during this time.
Knowing Your USG Resources
Do you want to get involved in student orgs? Learn more about services offered by the library? Don’t know what you don’t know? Start with this quick reference guide to learn more about the service centers and support services at the USG!
UMBC Information and Resources
UMBC’s COVID-19 Response
UMBC is committed to keeping our community safe, healthy, and informed. Please check this website for updated information on COVID-19. This website will be updated as information changes.
UMBC Tips for Academic Success during COVID-19
Tips on staying on schedule, staying connected and staying organized.
Student Business Services
SBS is the office that bills students, collects tuition and fees and issues student refunds. Contact them with questions regarding billing and payments.
University Health Services
During the remote instruction period, University Health Services will be providing services remotely using phone and audio/video services weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students who have not submitted their mandatory immunization form will be given an extension of August 31st.
External Information and Resources
Free Textbook Access
Many publishers are offering free access to books and other materials:
Academic Advising at UMBC starts with an Orientation Advisor specifically trained to help you with securing a strategic course schedule to launch your academic career. However, once you begin your study here at UMBC-Shady Grove, you will then have the opportunity to work with a faculty member and/or professional advisor affiliated with your chosen academic discipline. Before making your advising appointment, check your registration eligibility. Please see a list of advisors per program listed below.
Important note: While one faculty member or professional advisor will provide registration clearance for you each semester, we encourage students to seek additional academic and career planning from various members of the UMBC academic and administrative community. High-Performing UMBC students gather information, recommendations and guidance from a host of faculty, advisors and administrators- keen to help them maximize the opportunities and resources available at UMBC. Additionally, we encourage students to actively pursue conversations and meetings with academic advisors, faculty, and staff throughout the entire academic year. Advising sessions about registration are certainly important, yet on-going conversations and planning about graduate school, independent study, and/or gaining entry into a particular profession can (and should) take place at various times and in various formats (including email, telephone, etc.).
Dr. Sunil Dasgupta, email@example.com
Translational Life Science Technology (TLST)
Prospective Undergraduate Pre-Transfer Advising
Are you interested in one of UMBC-Shady Grove’s seven undergraduate programs (computer science, history, mechanical engineering, political science, psychology, social work, or translational life science technology)? Make an appointment with a UMBC-Shady Grove pre-transfer advisor to determine the transferability of previous coursework and develop an academic plan of action for transfer!
If you have questions or concerns about advising services, please contact Abigail Granger, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Annica Wayman, email@example.com
Acting Graduate Program Director and Associate Dean
Dr. Behnam Shariati, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Graduate Program Director
Dr. Murat Guner, email@example.com
Assistant Graduate Program Director
Geographic Information Systems
Mr. Ron Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Toby Gouker, email@example.com
Graduate Program Director
Please use the advising guides below and our degree audit help video to help you prepare for your advising meetings and to track your progress throughout your time at UMBC-Shady Grove.
Cross-campus enrollment is an option available to students to provide enrollment flexibility between the Main Campus in Catonsville and the Shady Grove campus in Rockville. While students may take advantage of the cross-campus enrollment option at any point throughout the academic year, priority enrollment consideration is based on a student’s primary campus designation. The processes and procedures to request enrollment vary depending upon the semester/session. Please view the catalog for instructions.
To request an exception according to UMBC’s Cross Campus Enrollment practice as noted in the catalog, please complete the Cross-Campus Enrollment Request Form. Requests for cross-campus enrollment in Shady Grove courses are typically granted 7-10 days prior to the start of the semester.
As a reminder, this is only required for fall and spring semesters. During the summer and winter sessions, students may enroll in in-person, online, and hybrid courses at both campus locations without additional approval.
Questions about the practice or this form can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMBC requires students to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level (for Montgomery College, this is the 201-level). American Sign Language qualifies.
Physical Education (PE) Waivers
On November 13, 2018, as an information item, the Faculty Senate was presented with a draft resolution that would support an administrative proposal to eliminate the current physical education requirement. On December 11, 2018, the Faculty Senate approved the resolution. Below are anticipated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the resolution and its implications.
UMBC’s Academic Success Center
Access to tutoring and the Writing Center.
Student Disability Services
Find answers about accommodations, appointments, and general questions.
UMBC’s Registrar’s Office
Submitting VOT Forms and Change of Major Forms.
Financial Aid Services
Information about financial assistance, scholarships and contacting your financial aid counselor.
Student Business Services
Information about student billing, tuition and fees, issuing student refunds.
University Health Services
Provides outpatient primary care clinical services, health promotion initiatives, and outreach.
USG Priddy Library
Course reserves information & chat with a member of the library.
USG Center for Counseling and Consultation
Counseling appointments, workshops, and support available.
Macklin Center for Academic Success
Writing support, academic coaching, and library support.
USG Center for Student Engagement and Financial Resources
Information about financial and scholarship resources and support and student organizations
USG Career and Internship Services Center
Career coaching and Career Connector