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enrollment 201 preparing to enroll tips for new students

ENROLLMENT 201Preparing to Enroll: Tips for New Students

UMBC Orientation Winter 2012-13

The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising

welcome freshmen
Welcome Freshmen!
  • We will help you prepare for advising and registrationtoday

We are glad you are here!

Academic advisors will help you meet your goals at UMBC

topics
Topics

Academic Advising at UMBC

Components of Your Degree

Your Info on MyUMBC

Schedule Building

What to Expect Today

Look for key points with this symbol!

academic advising is
Academic Advising is…

A partnership between student and advisor to discuss:

Major and career choices

Adjustment to college

Course selection

Academic “extras” such as research, study abroad, and internships

Students meet with an advisor at least once each semester.

student role
Student Role
  • Accept responsibility for decisions and follow through

To get the most from

advising, a student will:

Make and keep appointments

Come to advising sessions prepared

components of umbc degree
Components of UMBC Degree

Major

General Education

University Requirements

OPTIONAL Minor, Certificate, Pre-Professional Courses, Electives

slide7

Major

    • Pre-professional study (pre-med, pre-law) is NOT an academic major
  • Declare major by ~60 credits, sooner if ready
  • Interdisciplinary Studies = design your major
  • UMBC offers 43 majors!

Your chosen field

Depth in one area

Requires from 30-80+ credits

slide8

General Education

  • College-level skills in writing and mathematics
  • Makes well-educated citizens with exposure to other cultures
  • Great opportunity to explore potential majors!

Core of a liberal arts education

Breadth across fields

Many perspectives, potential careers

general education program
General Education Program
  • English Composition (ENGL 100) or equivalent
  • 2 Science (S) courses, at least one with a lab
  • Foreign language proficiency (L) at the 201 (intermediate) level
  • 1-2 Global Cultures (C) courses

3 Arts & Humanities (AH) courses

3 Social Sciences (SS) courses

1 Mathematics (M) course

more features of gep
More Features of GEP
  • First Year Seminars are a great way to meet GEP requirements!

Requires 1 “Writing Intensive” course (WI)

AH & SS courses may span 3 disciplines, must include 2 disciplines

Courses taken for your major

may also meet GEP requirements

foreign language in gep
Foreign Language in GEP

To graduate, all students need

“proficiency at the 201 level” in

a language other than English.

There are FOUR ways to meet this requirement:

1. Completed Level 4 of a language in High School

2. Achieved 4 or 5 score on foreign language AP test

3. Complete 201 level course at UMBC or elsewhere

(three semesters of study at the college level)

4. Obtain waiver based on other evidence of skill (generally for international students)

foreign language in gep1
Foreign Language in GEP
  • May continue a language or start a new language
  • UMBC offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof
  • Language course numbering:

101 = Elementary I

102 = Elementary II

201 = Intermediate I

  • Which level course to take depends on how much study in HS, how recently

Optional 103 course in French, Span reviews 101,102

slide13

Univ Requirements

Physical Education-2 courses

At least 120 academic credits

At least 30 credits at UMBC

At least 45 upper level (300/400) credits

Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0

slide14

Optional Extras

  • How many extras can fit into your college career depends on your major
  • Electives--exploring interests
  • Optional 2nd major
  • Pre-professional courses
  • Minor = scaled down major
  • Certificate = courses in a skill area
materials for schedule building
Materials for Schedule Building

Navigating the First Year: New Student Advising & Registration Guide

On-Line Resources:

MyUMBC Academic Info

Schedule of Classes

Undergraduate Catalog

your academic info online
Your Academic Info Online
  • Placement test results for Math, English
  • Transfer credit report
  • Degree audit
  • “What if” Degree Audit
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Your class schedule

Find academic info about you through

placement
Placement
  • Placement = what your first course
  • should be in Math and English
  • Placement depends on:
    • College coursework completed elsewhere
    • Advanced Placement, IB, CLEP Scores
    • UMBC Placement test results
    • Take all needed placement tests right away!
mathematics placement
Mathematics Placement

Most new students place into one of these courses:

LRC 099- Introductory Algebra

MATH 106- Algebra & Elementary Functions*

_____________________________________________________________

MATH 100- Intro to Contemporary Math

MATH 115- Finite Mathematics

STAT 121- Intro Stat for Social Science

MATH 150- Precalculus (Caution!)

MATH 155 – Applied Calculus

______________________________________________________________

MATH 151- Calculus & Analytic Geometry

*most common Math placement is MATH 106

english placement
English Placement

New students begin with:

ENGL 100- Composition

ENGL 100Y- Comp.+Intro to Honors U

ENGL 100H- Honors Composition

ENGL 110- Composition for ESL Students

Specialized courses for students learning English:

ELC 041 ESL Writing and Grammar

ELC 042 ESL Reading & Vocabulary

opa tips workload
OPA Tips: Workload

Plan on studying 2-3 hours (or more) for each hour in class

Full-time is 12 or more credits

12-13 credits often wise for new freshmen

Students in some majors typically take more credits—e.g., Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts

opa tips outside credit
OPA Tips: Outside Credit

Advanced Placement/IB

Transfer courses

Interinstitutional enrollment

College Level Examination

Study abroad credit

You may need to take certain basic courses at UMBC even though you have AP credit

opa tips campus resources
OPA Tips: Campus Resources
  • Learning Resources Center

(tutoring, Math lab, Writing Center)

  • Professor office hours
  • Retriever Learning Center (in the library)
  • Study groups
  • Counseling Center
  • Resident Assistants

All resources available without fees

opa tips new student courses
OPA Tips: New Student Courses
  • Intro to an Honors University
  • Once a week seminar, 1 credit
  • Linked to an academic course

First Year Seminars

Small class, interactive, “special topics,” interdisciplinary focus

3 credits, meets a general education requirement

make the most of orientation advising
Make the Most of Orientation Advising
  • Volunteer information, such as AP tests taken, college courses while in high school, constraints on your schedule
  • Own your schedule! If you do not like the direction your class schedule is taking,speak up!

Bring ideas!

Be flexible!

Ask questions!

for help after orientation
For Help After Orientation…

Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising

Academic Services Building, Room 103

Walk In Advising: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm

Call or Email for Appointments

410-455-2729arc@umbc.edu

Look for e-mails from UMBC Extra Credit to help you stay on course toward graduation and beyond!

welcome transfer students
Welcome transfer students!
  • We will help you prepare for advising and registration today

We are glad you are here!

Academic advisors will help you meet your goals at UMBC

topics1
Topics

Academic Advising at UMBC

Components of Your Degree

Your Info on MyUMBC

Schedule Building

What to Expect Today

Look for key points with

this symbol!

academic advising is1
Academic Advising is…

A partnership between student and advisor to discuss:

Major and career choices

Adjustment to UMBC

Course selection

Academic “extras” such as research, study abroad, and internships

Students meet with an advisor at least once each semester.

student role1
Student Role
  • Accept responsibility for decisions and follow through

To get the most from

advising, a student will:

Make and keep appointments

Come to advising sessions prepared

components of umbc degree1
Components of UMBC Degree

Major

General Education

University Requirements

OPTIONAL Minor, Certificate, Pre-Professional Courses, Electives

slide33

Major

    • Pre-professional study (pre-med, pre-law) is NOT an academic major
  • Declare major by ~60 credits, sooner if ready
  • Interdisciplinary Studies = design your major
  • UMBC offers 43 majors!

Your chosen field

Depth in one area

Requires from 30-80+ credits

slide34

General Education

  • College-level skills in writing and mathematics
  • Makes well-educated citizens with exposure to other cultures
  • Great opportunity to explore potential majors!

Core of a liberal arts education

Breadth across fields

Many perspectives, potential careers

general education
General Education

UMBC has 2 GenEd Programs

general education gep gfr
General Education GEP & GFR
  • English Composition (ENGL 100) or equivalent
  • 2 Science (S) courses, at least one with a lab
  • Foreign language proficiency (L) at the 201 (intermediate) level
  • 1-2 Global Cultures (C) courses

3 Arts & Humanities (AH) courses

3 Social Sciences (SS) courses

1 Mathematics (M) course

important features of gep
Important Features of GEP
  • GFR (old rules) students may opt in to GEP
    • (if interested, discuss with your advisor)

Requires 1 “Writing Intensive” course (WI)

AH & SS courses may span 3 disciplines, must include 2

“Foreign Language” and “Global Cultures” are separate

foreign language in gep gfr
Foreign Language in GEP/GFR

To graduate, all students need

“proficiency at the 201 level” in

a language other than English.

There are FOUR ways to meet this requirement:

1. Completed Level 4 of a language in High School

2. Achieved 4 or 5 score on foreign language AP test

3. Complete 201 level course at UMBC or elsewhere

(three semesters of study at the college level)

4. Obtain waiver based on other evidence of skill (generally for international students)

foreign language in gep gfr1
Foreign Language in GEP/GFR
  • May continue a language or start a new language
  • UMBC offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof
  • Language course numbering:

101 = Elementary I

102 = Elementary II

201 = Intermediate I

  • Which level course to take depends on how much study in HS, how recently

Optional 103 course in French, Span reviews 101,102

slide40

Univ Requirements

Physical Education-2 courses

At least 120 academic credits

At least 30 credits at UMBC

At least 45 upper level (300/400) credits

Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0

slide41

Optional Extras

  • How many extras can fit into your college career depends on your major
  • Electives--exploring interests
  • Optional 2nd major
  • Pre-professional courses
  • Minor = scaled down major
  • Certificate = courses in a skill area
materials for schedule building1
Materials for Schedule Building

Navigating the First Year: New Student Advising & Registration Guide

On-Line Resources:

MyUMBC Academic Info

Schedule of Classes

Undergraduate Catalog

your academic info online1
Your Academic Info Online
  • Transfer credit report
  • Degree audit
  • “What if” Degree Audit
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Your class schedule
  • Placement test results for Math,
  • English if needed

Find academic info about you through

placement1
Placement
  • Placement = what your first course
  • should be in Math and English
  • Placement depends on:
    • College coursework completed elsewhere
    • Advanced Placement, IB, CLEP Scores
    • UMBC Placement test results
    • Take any needed placement tests right away!
mathematics placement1
Mathematics Placement

Most new students place into one of these courses:

LRC 099- Introductory Algebra

MATH 106- Algebra & Elementary Functions*

_____________________________________________________________

MATH 100- Intro to Contemporary Math

MATH 115- Finite Mathematics

STAT 121- Intro Stat for Social Science

MATH 150- Precalculus (Caution!)

MATH 155 – Applied Calculus

______________________________________________________________

MATH 151- Calculus & Analytic Geometry

*most common Math placement is MATH 106

schedule building tips
Schedule Building Tips
  • Take any needed placement tests
  • promptly (Math or English)
  • Recognize that final transfer evaluation may take additional time and info from you
  • Do not panic if a course appears full

Avoid registering for a course already completed elsewhere

opa tips workload1
OPA Tips: Workload

Plan on studying 2-3 hours for

each hour in class (or more!)

Full-time is 12 or more credits

12-13 credits max wise for new transfer students

Adjust credits down if working more than 10 hrs/week!

Most common transfer student error: underestimating the demands of UMBC courses

opa tips campus resources1
OPA Tips: Campus Resources
  • Learning Resources Center

(tutoring, Math lab, Writing Center)

  • Professor office hours
  • Retriever Learning Center (in

the library)

  • Study groups
  • Counseling Center
  • Career Services Center

All resources available without fees

opa tips new student courses1
OPA Tips: New Student Courses

Transfer Success Seminars

1 credit class to assist new transfer

students (academic credit)

For specific majors: Mod. Languages,

History, American Studies

Highly Recommended !!

First Year Seminars (Transfer students welcome)

Small class, interactive, 3 credits, meets a general education requirement

make the most of orientation advising1
Make the Most of Orientation Advising
  • Volunteer information, such as AP tests taken, college courses in progress, constraints on your schedule
  • Own your schedule! If you do not like the direction your class schedule is taking,speak up!

Bring ideas!

Be flexible!

Ask questions!

for help after orientation1
For Help After Orientation…

Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising

Academic Services Building, Room 103

Walk In Advising: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm

Call or Email for Appointments

410-455-2729arc@umbc.edu

Look for e-mails from UMBC Extra Credit to help you stay on course toward graduation and beyond!