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Current Student FAQs

Who is my advisor?

If your major is Pre-Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Chemical Engineering, Pre-Computer Engineering, Pre-Computer Science, or Pre-Engineering this means you have not yet passed the gateway for your major or you are a first semester transfer student. Students with these majors are advised by one of the undergraduate advisors in Undergraduate Student Services in the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT). Students who were admitted prior to Fall 2015 and have not yet passed the gateway will also see an Undergraduate Student Services advisor. You may see any advisor. They are:

Josh Abrams

Anne Arey

Emily Stephens

Click here for advisor contact information.

 

Who is my advisor if I have passed the Gateway?

Once you have passed the Gateway you will be assigned a faculty advisor. If you are a Computer Engineering or Computer Science major you can check the bulletin board between ITE 203-204 or look in MyUMBC under the “Advising and Student Support” Topic. Click the “My Advisor” link for the name and an email of your advisor. If you are a Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering major you will need to check with your department.

 

What are the hours of operation for Undergraduate Student Services?
Undergraduate Student Services is open from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. Walk-in times are posted weekly.

 

Where is undergraduate student services located?
Undergraduate Student Services is located in the ITE Building (Information Technology and Engineering) on the second floor, rooms 202-206. The ITE Building is behind Sherman Hall and next to the Engineering Building.

 

How do I schedule an appointment?
Appointments may be scheduled over the phone, in person, or by email. Your appointment must be made in advance. Walk-in times are posted weekly and are for general questions.

 

Why do I need to see an advisor?

Advisors are here to help you navigate through UMBC from orientation to graduation. We can explain general education and major graduation requirements, provide information about various campus resources,  help you with logistics such as changing your major, or explain the process for taking a course off campus. We are here to answer questions and point students in the right direction. You are also required to see an advisor twice a year, once for Fall registration clearance and once for Spring registration clearance. However, we hope you will come to see us frequently throughout the year.

 

What happens at an advising appointment?

During registration advising we will go over your degree audit (graduation and major requirements) and plan courses for the next semester. We are available throughout the year for walk in advising to answer any questions students may have about their major or the university.  Students with complex issues or concerns can make an appointment with an advisor.

 

What about Group Advising?

Group Advising occurs during Fall and Spring registration advising. A small group of students receives their advising together utilizing iPads to look up degree audit and course sequencing information. Each student will pull up their degree audit, review their general education requirements, review their gateway, and speak one-on-one with an advisor to discuss their schedule for next semester and answer any questions. This advising session will also lead to advising authorization for registration.

 

What happens if I do not attend an advising appointment?

You will not be able to register for classes until you meet with an advisor and obtain advising clearance.

 

How will I know when I get a faculty advisor?

Once you have passed the Gateway you will be assigned a faculty advisor. If you are a Computer Engineering or Computer Science major you can check the bulletin board between ITE 203-204 or go to MyUMBC under the “Advising and Student Support” Topic click “My Advisor”  for the name and an email of your advisor. If you are a Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering major you will need to check with your department.

 

I got a D in one of my courses.  I can still use it towards my GEP requirements, right?

Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in any course:

1.  intended to fill general education (GEP) requirements

2.  required for your major

3.  prerequisite courses (e.g. MATH 151 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in order to enroll in MATH 152.)