Frequently Asked Questions
"Non-Degree Seeking" Students in Letters & Sciences
Welcome to the University of Maryland and the Letters and Sciences Office, a department within Undergraduate Studies at Maryland. Letters and Sciences (LTSC) is the academic advising home for undergraduates who have not chosen a degree-granting major. The LTSC staff is dedicated to providing quality advising to its students, and Letters and Sciences is a place where the curious student can actively explore and prepare for the challenging, yet exciting road ahead. LTSC is also the academic home of “Non-Degree Seeking” students, including “Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID” students and “High School Concurrent” students. Whether you are at Maryland taking one class for fun, or pulling together requirements for future endeavors, we are glad you are here.
Please see below for some basic questions “Non-Degree Seeking” students often ask advisors in Letters and Sciences. If you have additional questions, you may either contact us by calling 301-314-8418 or by emailing us at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
1. What is a “Non-Degree Seeking” student? What does this mean?
Applicants who qualify for admission to UMCP but do not desire to work toward a baccalaureate degree may be admitted as “Non-Degree Seeking” students. The majority of “Non-Degree Seeking” students at Maryland already have a Bachelor’s Degree and are commonly called “post-bacs.” This means these students do not need to go through the competitive review process required for admission to the University of Maryland. See the Admissions’ page for more information: (http://www.uga.umd.edu/admissions/apply/nondegree.asp) Remember that these students do not seek and are not awarded a degree from Maryland.
2. What is the admission process for “Non-Degree Seeking” students?
There are several answers to this question:
“Non-Degree Seeking” students who do NOT have a baccalaureate degree must submit transcripts and meet regular admission standards. If a student is interested in enrolling as a “Non-Degree Seeking” student, he or she must submit a completed application form, official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and the application fee. The student will be reviewed under the same standards for admission as degree-seeking student.
“Non-Degree Seeking” students who DO have a baccalaureate degree are not required to submit transcripts but do need to submit an application indicating they have baccalaureate degrees from a regionally accredited institution, specifying dates of attendance. While the transcript is not required, it is a good idea to have one available since you may need to demonstrate that you have met pre-requisites for courses.
“Non-Degree Seeking” students who are taking classes to transfer immediately back to another institution may apply without academic transcripts. These applicants must, in lieu of transcripts, submit an application and official documentation from that institution granting permission to take course work at the University of Maryland College Park for that particular semester.
3. When may a “Non-Degree Seeking” student register for classes?
Admitted “Non-Degree Students” register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class.They may not register any earlier than that time. There are no other negotiable alternatives.
Because of space limitations, several departments require permission be given in advance to registering for classes as a “Non-Degree Student.” For example, if a student wishes to take Object-Oriented Programming I (CMSC131), the student would need to get permission from the Computer Science Department prior to signing up for the course. Please see the Schedule of Classes to view course details including prerequisites, course restrictions, permissions required, available seats, etc. Information can be found here: www.testudo.umd.edu. Look for Schedule of Classes on the left side of this page.
4. Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
Yes. LTSC does require that “Non-Degree Seeking” students meet at least once with an advisor—in person—in our office before they register for classes through our available walk-in hours. See our calendar for more information: www.ltsc.umd.edu. These meetings cannot take place over the telephone, e-mail or through other electronic means. During the academic advising meeting, the “advising block” on the student’s account will be removed. The meeting does not take long, but we do want to make sure the student enrolls in appropriate courses and does not wish to seek a degree. Also, there may be other opportunities for a student to hear about more appropriate programs or alternatives in reaching the goals they hope to achieve.
During future registration periods, students are no longer required to see a LTSC advisor, but they may do so if they wish. Again, see www.ltsc.umd.edu for our walk-in hours. After a “Non-Degree Seeking” student’s first semester at Maryland, registration appointments (the time at which a student may register) will be based on the number of credits a student has earned at UMCP.
5. I’m making a big move or change in life for this new endeavor. Can UMCP guarantee me the courses I need?
Unfortunately, LTSC cannot guarantee that all courses a student wishes to enroll in will be available on the first day of classes. Admitted “Non-Degree Seeking” students register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class. All native students at Maryland register before any other group of students, including new orientation students. Some popular courses may be filled prior to the first day of classes or an orientation session. There is simply no way to guarantee courses for “Non-Degree Seeking” students.
6. Can my transfer credits be posted at UMCP?
No. The University of Maryland does not post transfer credits for “Non-Degree Seeking” students. As mentioned above, it is a good idea for students to have a copy of any transcripts from previous institutions for institutional purposes.
7. Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a “Non-Degree Seeking” student?
Letters and Sciences advises undergraduate students on campus who are “undecided” or “undeclared” in their majors as well as high school “concurrent” students and “Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID” students. “Non-Degree Seeking” students at the University are assigned to Letters and Sciences typically if they are taking courses and do not wish to be affiliated, or cannot be affiliated, with a particular College or major.
8. May I take graduate courses as a “Non-Degree Seeking” undergraduate?
No. Letters and Sciences does not grant undergraduate, non-degree seeking students permission to take Graduate Level courses. Due to tuition and major affiliation issues, we give no exceptions to policy in this regard.
Students who wish to take courses at the graduate level (600 and above) must contact the Graduate School for information concerning admission requirements for Advanced Special Student status.” Advanced Special Student (Ad.S.S.) status, also known as non-degree seeking graduate student status, is administered by the Graduate School. For more information on this status, please see: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/gss/non_degree_admission.htm.
9. What types of classes do most Letters and Sciences “Non-Degree Seeking” students wish to take?
In our experience, “Non-Degree Seeking” students in Letters and Sciences want mostly to take courses which will help them move toward or gain admittance to a medical or pharmaceutical graduate program. Although these are definitely not the only courses students pursue, LTSC often suggests that these students take a look at the “Science in the Evening” program. See http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=sie for more information.
10. Why has the Science in the Evening (SIE) program been suggested to me? I just need to take some courses so I can apply to medical school.
Many post-baccalaureate programs are geared only toward preparing pre-medical students and require students to take courses in a particular order. SIE offers courses for a broader audience and is not restricted to a particular course sequence. Students may take whatever courses they have the prerequisites for, in any order they wish.
11. What other benefits exist with the Science in the Evening (SIE) program?
SIE courses that are restricted to post-baccalaureate students give several benefits. First, long after daytime offerings are filled, there are almost always seats available in the SIE sections. This gives students the flexibility in when they register and for what they register. In addition, the SIE sections are much smaller than daytime sections. In a daytime course, students can find 200-300 students in lecture, while in SIE, students will find no more than 50-60 students in lecture, often far fewer. Finally, SIE provides pre-professional school advising and information about how best to prepare for application to medical, dental, or allied health professions.
Yes. Application and admission to the SIE program requires that students earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. See http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=sie for more information.