The following tips will help you prepare for your first advising session.
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:
The English placement exam tests in two key areas:
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.
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.
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.
UMUC accepts transfer credit from a variety of sources:
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.
Students must earn a minimum of 45 upper-level credits (300 and 400 level) of the total 120 required for the bachelor's degree.
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.
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 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.
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:
Here's a list of key words to remember when reviewing your degree requirements:
Course numbers are designated as follows:
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).
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
Once you have completed your Advising Worksheet, you will need to