The Registration Guide

The Registration Guide is your personalized pathway to get registered for classes!
How Do I Use the Guide?

The Registration Guide walks you through five steps:
  1. Verify declared academic programs
  2. Schedule advisor meeting
  3. Review course options
  4. Meet with advisor
  5. Register for classes
If you need help, there are FAQ pages and links that will assist you in your navigation.




What is Degree Planner?
Degree Planner is a tool to assist you and your advisor in planning courses towards degree completion.
Using degree planner, you can populate information about courses you intend to take over multiple
terms. Once you have populated your planner, courses you have listed show up as “planned” in your
degree audit. You can review your degree audit to see how you should expect to progress towards
graduation based on completed courses, courses you are currently taking, and your future plans.
Important Tips For Using the Planner
Before you begin putting courses into your planner, you should make sure your major, minor and certificate information in the system is up to date. If you need to make updates, complete the Declaration or Change of Major Form (link)
Atlhough you can put courses into your planner for many terms in advance, it is important that you revisit your planner regularly to make necessary adjustments and updates. What you plan to take in a given term and the courses you actually complete may change for a variety of reasons, including:
  • You add or remove a major, minor or certificate from your academic goals
  • You have to make an alternate course selection because you were not able to successfully complete a prerequisite for a course prior to the semester you planned to take it.
  • You make alternate course selections due to scheduling constraints
  • New courses are created and become available which are of interest to you but were not yet inthe catalog when you completed your original planner
  • You adjust your intentions to take advantage of study abroad, internship, research or work opportunities
You should review your planner each semester as you prepare to register for upcoming terms, and discuss potential changes with your advisor.  The planner does not replace degree audit or consultation with your advisor, and is not a guarantee of degree completion. It is a planning tool to use in conjunction with degree audit and advising consultations.
What is My Requirement Term and What Does That Mean for The Degree Planner?
The requirement term represents the semester in which you entered your academic program. Your degree requirements generally fall under a particular catalog year, or term.
If you began your studies at UMBC in Fall 2018, course lists will automatically be available in your degree audit, and you can choose “Plan by my Requirements” or “Plan by Catalog” when using the planner.
If you began your studies at UMBC prior to Fall 2018, you can use “Plan by Catalog” when using the planner. In addition, if requirements for your major have not changed since your first term at UMBC, you can request to update your requirement term to Fall 2018. If your major requirements have
changed, you will first need to consult with your advisor.


What Is The Degree Donut?

The Degree Donut provides a simple visual representation of your degree audit, and it includes
completed, registered, planned and unplanned courses. You should try to get your Degree Donut as close to 100% as possible.
Please note that courses being taken at another institution (including study abroad), are not included in
the Degree Donut until after they have been evaluated for credit.




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