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Transitional Advising Program Students

The Transitional Advising Program (TAP) is a retention initiative within Letters and Sciences that supports the overall objectives of the University. The program provides comprehensive academic advising and academic support services to currently enrolled high credit (60+) students moving between colleges due to change in interest, inability to meet benchmarks or lack of sufficient GPA. TAP helps students identify and achieve their academic goals. The TAP Coordinator will help students identify other major options through career exploration and transcript analysis. The TAP Coordinator will provide accurate and essential information for academic success by connecting students to various programs, services, and University faculty and staff to help students declare a major.

Information for TAP Students

  1. What is TAP?
  2. Who is eligible for TAP?
  3. How can I declare TAP?
  4. How long can I remain in TAP?
  5. What do I have to do once I am a TAP student?
  6. Advising Requirements for TAP students.
  7. Who is the TAP Coordinator?
  8. How can I meet with the TAP Coordinator?
  9. Helpful Resources for TAP students.

1. What is is TAP?

TAP is not a degree granting major. TAP is a program for currently enrolled UMD students who have more than 60 credits and are deciding on a new major due to change in interest or challenges in academic performance. TAP students will choose and declare a suitable, alternate major. Students may remain in TAP for a maximum of one semester or registration period, but can declare a major anytime they are eligible to do so.

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2. Who is eligible for TAP?

Students who have earned more than 60 credits and are changing to a major outside of their current college for any of the following reasons:

  • Students who have changed interests and are deciding on a degree-granting major outside of their current college.
  • Students who have been unable to complete the benchmarks for their major due to poor grades performance or failure to achieve requisite GPA.
  • Students who have not completed the work needed to select an alternative major and need career and major selection assistance.
  • Post-baccalaureate students who intend to pursue another Bachelor’s degree in a Limited Enrollment Program.

 

Current Letters and Sciences students who have earned more than 60 credits are not eligible for TAP. LTSC students who declared a major must be in a degree-granting major at least one semester before being eligible for TAP.

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3. How can I declare TAP?

Students interested in declaring TAP should first meet with the TAP Coordinator through TAP Walk-in advising. Check the LTSC calendar for TAP Walk-in advising hours.

Current Letters and Sciences students who have earned more than 60 credits are not eligible for TAP. LTSC students who declared a major must be in a degree-granting major at least one semester before being eligible for TAP.

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4. How long can I remain in TAP?

TAP students have one semester or registration period to select and declare a reasonable and feasible campus major.

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5. What do I have to do once I am a TAP student?
Schedule an appointment with the TAP Coordinator, Dr. Yali Pan online OR go to TAP Walk-in Advising. Appointments must be scheduled online through the LTSC website and walk-in hours are listed on the LTSC calendar.

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6. Advising Requirements for TAP?

TAP students are on mandatory advising through their duration in TAP. Because of their early registration date, TAP students are strongly encouraged to schedule their first advising appointment early in the semester. Mandatory advising requirements include:

  • Advising appointment(s) with the TAP Coordinator
  • Two Semester Academic Plan
  • Exploration Activity
  • U.Achieve Degree Audit: https://uachieve.umd.edu/

 

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7. Who is the TAP Coordinator?
Dr. Yali Pan is the coordinator of the Transitional Advising Program (TAP). Students can contact her at ltsc_transition@umd.edu.

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8. How can I meeting with the TAP Coordinator?

TAP Walk-in Advising Hours: Walk-ins are 15 minute, same day appointments with the TAP Coordinator.

  • Who is eligible for Walk-in advising?
    • Students with more than 60 credits and are deciding on a major outside of their current college.
    • Current TAP students
  • Walk-in hours are listed on the LTSC calendar. If you need assistances call (301)314-8418 orstop by 1117 Hornbake Library

 

Individual Appointments : Individual appointments with the TAP Coordinator are typically 30 minutes and should be scheduled at least a day in advance.

  • Who is eligible for an individual appointment?
    • Current TAP students
  • Current TAP students can schedule an appointment with the TAP Coordinator, Dr. Yali Pan online.

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9. Helpful Resources for TAP students.

 

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