Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Course Registration Tips – check your date and blocks!


The Early Registration period is fast approaching!

Below are a few tips from the BSOS Feller Center Advising Office to keep in mind while registering for the Fall 2022 term.



Completion of Major Benchmarks or LEP Gateways


When planning your schedule, check your student record to make sure you are registering for your benchmark or gateway courses that you have not yet completed. If you have questions about completing these requirements on time, please make an appointment with your Major advisor. 



Registration Blocks



A block is a hold placed on student records to prevent registration. Registration blocks may be frustrating for students who need to register for classes. Therefore, 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 blocks in order to register on time. Please visit the Registration Restrictions and Blocks webpage for explanations of different registration blocks.




Credit Overload



Prior to the First Day of Classes and Schedule Adjustment Period, students are limited to registering for no more than 17 credits. On the First Day of Classes this limit is raised to 20 credits. Students who wish to exceed these limits must meet with a BSOS college advisor to discuss a possible exception to university policy. Students must providing supporting documentation for this special request.




 Duplicate Credit


This indicates that two courses have the same course content. Note: students cannot receive duplicate credit. Be mindful of credit you have received through AP/IB or through transfer from another institution. Also, you can view the Schedule of Classes where courses are marked: "Credit only granted for", to view duplicate courses. 


Time Conflict

Students in a major can obtain permission to take courses that have a time conflict by obtaining written permission from both UMD instructors to a BSOS advisor during an appointment.



Schedule Your 30-Minute Advising Appointment (log in with your CAS login)

Attend Drop-In Advising:  Available Virtually: Monday - Friday, 1 - 4pm (during the Spring and Fall semesters)

Phone: 301-405-1697 (Please leave a message and a staff member will contact you)        

Email: for general advising inquiries: bsosadvising@umd.edu

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm