The following tips will help you prepare for your first advising session.
"Which major should I choose?" is one of the most commonly asked questions that advisors receive from students. If you are undecided, consider using the following steps to identify the best major for you:
For more information about choosing a major, please see the UMUC Web site. Remember to consult with your advisor before making a final decision on your program choice.
All UMUC undergraduate students are required to meet the university's English and math entrance standards. This can be done by transferring equivalent credit or by taking a placement test.
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 and 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.
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For more information, please visit the Bridge to Success (B2S) Web site.
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You'll need a total of 120 credits to complete a UMUC bachelor's degree—and our flexible transfer policy puts you well on your way.
UMUC may accept up to
UMUC accepts transfer credit from different sources:
Students must earn a minimum of 45 upper-level credits (300 and 400 level) of the total 120 required for the bachelor's degree. An advisor can help you with the process to determine whether any previous coursework is eligible to be accepted as transfer credit. Please visit our Transfer Center to learn more.
UMUC's Prior Learning Program offers you the opportunity to earn up to 30 credits in a single semester for college-level learning gained through prior work, military service, community service or other activities. Learn More
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).
Now that we have covered preparing for your first advising session, along with taking placement exams and transferring credits, you can begin selecting courses for your first semester.
Once you have completed your Advising Worksheet, you can
If life's uncertainties cause your academic plans to shift, remember that you can reach out to your peers, instructors, advisors, and other UMUC community members for guidance. Partner with your advisor who can direct you to available student resources.
You can also pace yourself by taking fewer courses during a semester. Whether you are taking courses for career advancement or fulfilling a personal goal, we're here to help.