Q: What is a registration block and how do I lift this block on my registration?
A: A block is a hold placed on student records to prevent registration. Each semester, students are expected to log on to Testudo and check their registration time and blocks. It is the student’s responsibility to take appropriate actions to remove those blocks in order to register on time.
Every semester, students will have a mandatory advising block on their registration. It is important that students meet with an advisor before your designated registration date. Once you have met with an advisor, they will lift the mandatory advising block that prevents you from registering. If you do not meet with your advisor, this block will not be removed and you will NOT be able to register. Since space in some classes can be competitive, it is in your best interests to get cleared of ALL blocks well in advance of your registration date.
Q: How do I sign up for my mandatory advising session?
A: Students can sign up for mandatory and voluntary advising appointments online at the link above. Students should follow the prompts and fill in the appropriate fields to successfully schedule an appointment. Once signed up, the student will receive an email confirming his/her scheduled appointment.
Q: Where is the Office of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Architecture?
A: The Office of Undergraduate Advising is located within the main office on the second floor. Once you are here, the receptionist will be able to guide you back to our office.
Q: As an architecture student, will I be able to declare a dual major?
A: Yes. Many Architecture students hold another major to supplement their education. Since Architecture is very demanding in terms of time and workload, it is difficult to major in other time consuming disciplines such as engineering or business. Students often pick up additional majors in world languages and cultures as well as the arts because of their flexible major paths. The Bachelor of Arts degree provides much more flexibility for a dual major than the Bachelor of Science. It is wise to meet with an advisor to discuss your options before speaking with other departments.
Q: How do I declare a minor?
A: You can find a full list of minors on campus in the Undergraduate Catalog's Minors section. You will need to see the department in charge of each minor you are interested in in order to declare the minor. The School of Architecture currently has two minors, Construction Project Management and Real Estate Development, but there are over 90 minors across campus to choose from as well.
Q: I want to study abroad; Can I take architecture courses overseas?
A: Yes. The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation recognizes that architecture is meant to be experienced and studied beyond the history books. The School offers a full semester program to Florence in junior year and three to six week long programs in both the winter and summer terms and a semester-long studio course in the third year, in addition to many other programs offered by the University. For a current list of all our study abroad programs, please visit: http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/.
Q: How can I get permission to take classes at another institution?
A: Simply schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Services and request a Permission to Enroll (PTE) form. The advisors will go through which courses will transfer from other institutions and ensure you can receive credit. Typically, courses are taken during the summer or winter terms.
Q: Can I take a course Pass/Fail?
A: Students should refer to the Pass/Fail Policy in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Q: Can an undergraduate student take a graduate level class?
A: Students, usually junior or senior standing, who meet certain criteria are eligible to take graduate level courses. Students first need to obtain the permission from the instructor offering the graduate level class. Then students must obtain an approval from the Director of Student Services.
Q: How many times can I repeat a course?
A: There is a limit to the number of times a student may repeat a specific course. Students who need to repeat the course for their major for the third time must obtain an approval from the department. Permission for the third repeat is not automatically granted, students should be prepared to discuss why they seek an exception and their preparedness for doing so.