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Advising for students with fewer than 60 credits and new transfer students

  1. Advising for Spring 2020 semester will begin on Monday, October 21st. Group Advising will take place in the MCS Mac Lab (FA 418). MCS is offering a total of five group advising sessions with a capacity of 20 students in each session.
    • Students with fewer than 60 total credits (including credits from coursework you are currently enrolled in) by the end of Fall 2019 are required to sign up for group advising. We hope that advising students in small groups will help to improve advising quality and ensure that freshman and sophomore students are on the same page regarding requirements for the major.
    • Students advising with MCS for the First Time – If you are a student who has recently declared MCS or transferred to UMBC with any number of credits, you are required to attend the General Group Advising session held on the following dates: November 4th (11:45a-12:45p) and November 5th (11:30a-12:30p). To sign up for General Group Advising, click here.
    • Students with less than 60 total credits who have previously attended the General Group Advising sessions are able to attend the Returning Group Advising session held on the following dates: November 6th (12-1p), November 11th (12-1p), and November 12th (11:30a-12:30p). To sign up for Returning Group Advising session, click here.
  2. Review the schedule of classes to determine which specific courses you plan to take next semester and record them at the bottom of your advising sheet. *The Spring 2020 schedule of classes will be published on October 21, 2019 so you will not be able to fully complete this step until then*
  3. Show up to your advising appointment!
  4. If you are advised to take a course that requires departmental permission, please follow the instructions below.
    • MCS 333 – Please fill out the MCS 333 Permission Request Form and we will contact you.
    • MCS 399 – Please fill out the MCS 399 Permission Request Form and we will contact you.
    • MCS 404 – Please fill out the MCS 404 Permission Request Form and we will contact you.
    • MCS 484 – MCS 484 is offered by invitation only. Please e-mail Dr. Shewbridge for information.
    • MCS 499 – Please fill out the MCS 499 Permission Request Form and we will contact you. All permissions for 499 will be issued during the week of December 2, with priority given to students who will be graduating in the spring.  If you do not request permission by December 2, you will not be guaranteed a seat in the course, even if you meet the other requirements for enrolling in the course.  
  5. If you fail or withdraw from courses that you are currently enrolled in AFTER your advising appointment, your schedule for next semester may be impacted.