Military Undergraduate Student Getting Started at UMUC

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First Advising Session

Specialized Advising for Military Students

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First Advising Session

Be Prepared. Be Informed.

The following tips will help you prepare for your first advising session.

  • Know your program requirements. Download your Degree Planning Worksheet to find out which courses are required.
  • Request your official transcripts for all schools attended. Students with less than 24 credits from a college or university will be required to provide an official high school transcript. It should be mailed to

    Records
    University of Maryland University College
    3501 University Blvd East
    Adelphi, MD 20783
  • Obtain copies of your unofficial transcripts. It is helpful to have your unofficial transcripts on hand when meeting or talking with your advisor for the first time.
  • Request your tentative evaluation. A tentative evaluation of your transcripts can be useful tool for helping you select your first semester courses.
  • View the academic calendar for important deadlines and session start dates. Decide in which semester you plan to enroll and select a start date.
Fill out the Advising Worksheet prior to speaking with your advisor.
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Placement Exams

All UMUC undergraduate students are required to meet the university's English and math entrance standards. This can be done by transferring in equivalent credit or by taking a placement test.

The math placement exam tests in three key areas:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Algebraic operations
  3. College-level math

The English placement exam tests in two key areas:

  1. Sentence skills
  2. Reading comprehension

Our placement testing is done online in a proctored setting. The best time to take your placement test(s) is immediately upon enrollment. There is no cost for taking placement exams at a UMUC testing site; however, if you take the test at an alternate site, you may have to pay a proctoring fee.

Your exam results should be posted to MyUMUC within 48 hours. You cannot enroll in English and/or math classes until the results have been posted.

For more information on testing or using applicable credits to satisfy UMUC requirements, visit our placement exams page.

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Take Refresher Courses for Your Benefit

If you need to improve or brush up on your writing, math and study skills, UMUC offers refresher courses to help prepare you for success in your required and elective courses. Students can voluntarily register for refresher courses or may place into them as a result of their placement exam results. Be sure to check with your advisor to see if refresher courses will be covered by tuition assistance or veterans benefits.

Suggested Refresher Courses

EDCP 100 Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning
Discover your learning style and attain effective study skills.

EDCP 103 Fundamentals of Writing and Grammar
Master the trickier aspects of the English language in preparation for taking WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing.

MATH 009 Introduction to Algebra and MATH 012 Intermediate Algebra
Get help preparing for MATH 106 Finite Mathematics or MATH 107 College Algebra.

Other refresher courses may be available to help you prepare for your required coursework. Please ask your advisor for more information.

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Transfer Credit Evaluation

UMUC accepts transfer credit from a variety of sources:

  • Regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities
  • Military earned credit that is ACE evaluated
  • American Council on Education (ACE) credit
  • Credit by examination such as DANTES and CLEP
  • Credit earned outside of the United States
  • Other sources may be considered
  • Also, Review Prior Learning options for earning credit

An advisor can help you with the process of determining whether any previous coursework is eligible to be accepted as transfer credit. It is helpful to have copies of your transcripts available when speaking with an advisor.

Transferring Made Easy
UMUC may accept up to
  • 90 credits from combined sources of credit
  • 70 credits from community colleges

Students must earn a minimum of 45 upper-level credits (300 and 400 level) of the total 120 required for the bachelor's degree.

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Tentative Evaluation (TE)

As you prepare for your first semester at UMUC, you may want to contact your advisor to request a tentative evaluation of your unofficial transcripts from other regionally accredited institutions. The tentative evaluation is not a guarantee of acceptance of credit, but it can help you plan which courses you should take during your first semester.

Tentative Evaluation Benefits

  • Lists requirements by general education, major, minor (if applicable), and electives.
  • Provides you with an estimate of transferable credits.
  • May be completed with using your unofficial transcripts. You will still be required to submit your official transcripts for all schools attended.



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Official Evaluation (OE)

UMUC will conduct an official evaluation of credits eligible for transfer once it has received your official transcripts from military training/experience, any credit-by-examination (CLEP, DSST, DLPT), and previously attended colleges and universities. All students using tuition assistance and/or veterans benefits must have an official evaluation completed within their first semester at UMUC to continue receiving benefits.

All transcripts must be received before an official evaluation is completed. Your advisor will notify you of its completion.

Note: You should allow four weeks for completion of an official evaluation. The evaluation results are included in your Academic Advisement Report (AAR), which you may access by logging into MyUMUC:

MyUMUC> Student Center> Under My Academics, use the drop-down box and select Academic Requirements

The AAR shows the accepted transfer courses, the UMUC courses you have completed, and the remaining credits needed for your degree.
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The Academic Advisement Report (AAR)

The Academic Advisement Report (formerly known as the Degree Progress Report) charts the progress you have made toward your academic achievement and acts as a guide so you can make informed decisions about which future courses to take. You can access the report via the MyUMUC Student Portal.

Key Points to Remember About the AAR

  • Starts with general education requirements (GERs), followed by major requirements and minor requirements (if applicable), and electives.
  • Shows transfer credits awarded and all degree requirements.
  • Lists upper-level requirements, related course requirements, and residency requirements.
  • If something is missing or needs correction, contact your academic advisor to request an update to your AAR.
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Where Can I Get a Copy of My Transcript?

If you are or were a military sponsor, please remember to request an official copy of your military transcript be sent to UMUC. Following is a list of military sites where transcripts can be requested:

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Understanding Your Degree Requirements

Here's a list of key words to remember when reviewing your degree requirements:

  • Pre-requisite: Also called a gateway course; must be completed prior to completing any advanced courses.
  • Co-requisite: Refers to two pre-requisite courses that may be taken at the same time.
  • Lower-level: Course levels 100-299
  • Upper-level: Course levels 300 and above

Course numbers are designated as follows:

  • 000–099: Noncredit and institutional credit courses (do not count toward any degree or certificate)
  • 100–199: Lower level, primarily freshman courses
  • 200–299: Lower level, primarily sophomore courses
  • 300–399: Upper-level, primarily junior courses
  • 400–499: Upper-level, primarily senior courses
  • 500–599: Senior-level courses acceptable for credit toward some graduate degrees

You must complete 45 credits of upper-level coursework in your bachelor's degree program, which includes half of your major and half of your minor (if applicable). You must also complete at least 30 credits with UMUC to meet the residency requirement for your degree, which includes half of your major and half of your minor (if applicable).

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Degree Planning Worksheet

The Degree Planning Worksheet (DPW) outlines UMUC's recommended path to completing your bachelor's degree. You should always contact your advisor, since following the DPW without certain consideration may lead military students (often with many transfer credits) to take courses that are less than ideal for them. The four key benefits of using the worksheet are

  • You can view all requirements for your entire degree at a glance.
  • Course requirements are presented in a recommended order to ensure you fulfill all pre-requisites before you complete more advanced courses.
  • Recommended courses simplify course selection.
  • Recommended courses are widely available at UMUC sites in Maryland, overseas, and online.
Your advisor will touch base with you often to check on your progress, but you may contact them whenever you need assistance.
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Select Courses for Your First Semester

Once you have completed your Advising Worksheet, you will need to

  • Contact your advisor for assistance with selecting your first-semester courses.
  • Bring a copy of your worksheet and unofficial transcript(s) to the first session if you are meeting with your advisor in person.
  • If you will not meet with your advisor in person, send a copy of those documents to your advisor prior to your conversation.
UMUC's academic year includes a fall, spring, and summer semester. Undergraduate semesters consist of four sessions, eight-weeks in length.
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Academic Advising Checklist

VERIFY:

  • Have I satisfied my math and English requirements?
  • Have I registered for my placement exam (if needed)?
  • Have I requested a tentative evaluation of any previously earned credits (if applicable)?
  • Has UMUC received my official transcripts?
  • Viewed the Academic Advising Report tutorial?
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TAKE ACTION:

  • Print copies of your unofficial transcripts.
  • Print a Degree Planning Worksheet.
  • Request a tentative evaluation from your advisor.
  • Download and complete the Advising Worksheet
  • Request that all official transcripts be sent to UMUC.
  • Complete the FERPA Release Form if you would like to allow others, such as a spouse, to access your academic information.

Specialized Advising for Military Students

Be Prepared. Be Informed.

Placement Exams

Take Refresher Courses for Your Benefit

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Tentative Evaluation (TE)

Official Evaluation (OE)

The Academic Advisement Report

Where Can I Get a Copy of My Transcript?

Understanding Your Degree Requirements

Degree Planning Worksheet

Select Courses for Your First Semester

Academic Advising Checklist