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"Non-Degree Seeking" Students in Letters and Sciences

Letters and Sciences (LTSC) is the academic advising home for undergraduates who have not chosen a degree-granting major. LTSC is also the academic home for "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students. Please see the FAQ below for answers to common question concerning "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students. If you have additional questions, you may either contact us by calling 301-314-8418 or by emailing us at askltsc@umd.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a "Golden ID" student? What does this mean?
  2. What is the admission process for "Golden ID" students?
  3. When can I register for classes?
  4. Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
  5. Can UMCP guarantee me the courses I need?  
  6. Can my transfer credits be posted at UMD?
  7. Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a "Golden ID" student?
  8. Can I take any course I wish to take?
  9. What types of classes do most LTSC "Golden ID" students seek to take?
  10. Can I get a University of Maryland ID Card?
  11. Are there any opportunities for me to become involved on campus?
  12. Is a Bachelor's Degree required to participate in the Science in the Evening program?

1. What is a "Golden ID" student? What does this mean?
The "Golden ID" student program enables Maryland retirees to enroll in courses at the University of Maryland at College Park and receive certain other benefits. To be eligible to participate at the College Park Campus, an individual must be (1) 60 years of age or older, (2) a legal resident of Maryland, and (3) not engaged in gainful employment for more than 20 hours per week. The Golden ID program is not available for Winter Term.

Tuition is waived for up to three courses and Golden ID students must pay all mandatory fees during summer term. For a fall or spring semester, they are charged regular fees, less the health center, student activities, and athletic fees. Please see the Office of the Bursar for the exact amount.

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2. What is the admission process for "Golden ID" students?
Application is made through either the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School. The appropriate application fee will be assessed. College Park tuition is waived.

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3. When can I register for classes?
Admitted "Non-Degree Golden ID 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.

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4. Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
Yes. LTSC requires that "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students communicate with an advisor before they register for classes for the first time. Student may come in during "walk-in hours" which can be found by viewing the online office calendar. 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.

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5. 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 Golden ID" students register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class. Some popular courses may be filled prior to the first day of classes. There is simply no way to guarantee courses for "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students.

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6. Can my transfer credits be posted at UMD?
No. The University of Maryland does not post transfer credits for "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students. It is strongly suggested that students keep a copy of any transcripts from previous institutions readily available.

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7. Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a "Golden ID" student?
Letters and Sciences advises undergraduate students on campus who are "undecided" or "undeclared" in their majors as well as "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students. "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" 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.

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8. Can I take any course I wish to take?
Students may only take courses at the University for which they qualify. To see if a student meets those qualifications, he or she should look up the course description via the online "Schedule of Classes" (www.testudo.umd.edu).

If a course at Maryland has "prerequisites," (courses that must be taken and completed satisfactorily in advance of attending a particular class), a student must have those completed before he or she can take the course.

  • For instance, a student interested in medical school may be interested in BSCI222 (Principles of Genetics). However, that course requires as prerequisites; BSCI105, BSCI106, CHEM131 and CHEM132 or BSCI105 and two semesters of chemistry. If any of those requirements have not been met—and the prerequisites must be equivalent to UMCP classes—then the course cannot be taken. Honors and High School courses are not equivalent to UMCP courses.

 

Some course descriptions may state that in order to take the course, a student needs "permission of the department." Other courses may require the student to be in a certain major to take the course. In these cases, students should contact the appropriate department in order to take the course.

"Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students are not allowed to take Graduate 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: https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions/non-degree-admissions.

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9. What types of classes do most LTSC "Golden ID" students seek to take?
In our experience, "Non-Degree Seeking Golden ID" students in Letters and Sciences take courses from across the curriculum. As long as students have either the pre-requisites for certain courses, or departmental permission, all classes are available.

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10. Can I get a University of Maryland ID Card?
Yes. Once a student has registered for their first class at Maryland, they may visit the Office of the Registrar in the Mitchell building to have a student I.D. made.

The "Golden Identification Card" with a current semester registration card will entitle eligible persons to certain academic services, including the use of the libraries, as well as certain other non-academic services. Such services will be available during any session only to persons who have registered for one or more courses for that session. Golden ID students are not eligible for Consortium courses or Continuing Education.

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11. Are there any opportunities for me to become involved on campus?
Golden ID students do have the opportunity to become involved with the Golden ID Student Association which provides cultural and social events, course recommendations, and peer advising. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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12. Where can I get more information about this program?
Yes. For information about the Golden ID Student Program visit 1113 Mitchell Building or call 301-314-8219.

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