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Registration Dates

Registration Opens Registration Closes
10/17/2023 1/2/2024

Timeline Considerations

  • UMD is closed Dec. 25, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024. During this time, University staff are unavailable to assist if there are issues with registration. Students are encouraged to register without delay.
  • Online registration (drop/add) is not available 24/7. To determine availability, see Testudo Interactive Web Services.
  • Online Courses: After registration, it takes 24 hours before the system grants access. Students who register on the first day of classes for a 3-week session will run into access issues.

Maximum Number of Credits

  • To determine the maximum number of credits permitted for Winter Session registration, see Maximum Load Policy

Course Effort

  • UMD follows the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) policies on "contact hours," a shorthand term referring to the amount of time required in various forms of education to earn credit. Credit-bearing courses are divided into three types based on MHEC contact hour requirements: lectures, laboratories, and internships. This applies to courses delivered online or in person.
  • One credit equals:
    • 15 hours of actual class time 
    • 30 hours of supervised laboratory or studio time 
    • 45 hours of instructional situations such as practica, internships, and cooperative
  • In addition to the time a student spends in class, for every one credit hour of class time, successful college students spend approximately two hours outside of class studying. Below is a helpful chart that recaps a student’s obligation towards a 3-credit course during the 3-week Winter Session. Some courses have longer meeting times due to studio, lab, and other requirements.
3-credit Course Hours per day Hours per 5-day week
Class Meet Time 3 15
Study Time 6 30
Total Course Effort 9 45

Online registration (drop/add) is not available 24/7. To determine availability, see Testudo Interactive Web Services

  1. Visit Testudo.
  2. Select Registration (Drop/Add).
  3. Log in with the Directory ID and password.
  4. Select Winter 2024.
  5. Enter the course(s) (ex. ENGL101) and section number(s) (ex. 0101, WB11) into the Drop/Add table and select Submit Changes.
    • A message may appear in the course block.
    • Read the message then select Ok to add the course.

How to Waitlist

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 listed in Registration Instructions (immediately above).
  2. A message will state that the course is closed. 
  3. Select Add to Waitlist.
  4. Read the message regarding the waitlist process and select Confirm.
  5. Select the section(s) to waitlist and select Add to Waitlist. If no section number is provided, the system states that there are no open sections for that course and will not give a waitlist option.
  6. Remember to periodically check the waitlist (from Testudo).
  7. Once the semester starts, students must Waitlist Check-in (see below) daily.

Waitlist Check-in 

  1. Beginning on the first day of classes, students must check-in daily. 
  2. Visit Testudo and select Waitlist Check-In.
  3. If one day is missed, students are dropped from the waitlist and must start over.
  4. The move from waitlist status to enrolled status is an automatic enrollment transaction if a seat becomes available.

The first 5 waitlisted students have ELMS course access up to the final day of schedule adjustment. To remain on the waitlist, you MUST check-in each day of the Mandatory Waitlist Check-in Period associated with the course or you will automatically be dropped from the waitlist and lose access to the ELMS course as well. To view the Mandatory Waitlist Check-in Period, visit Academic and Financial Deadlines (select the calendar associated with your course).

If you are dropped from the waitlist, you will not be able to reclaim your spot. If you have been officially admitted to the course/section you will temporarily lose access to the ELMS course until you accept the enrollment. If you are never admitted to the course, you will lose access after the Mandatory Waitlist Check-In Period ends.

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