Orientation/Newly Admitted

Welcome to UMD and Swenson College!

The OAR in person program is coordinated through the Bulldog Resource Center. All new UMD students attend OAR prior to selecting a virtual appointment for advisement and course registration.  

Swenson College Advising and Academic Services professional advisors look forward to meeting you during the in person advising presentation where you will learn about Swenson programs and the class registration process. After attending students sign-up for an individual meeting. 

We recognize students beginning their first term at UMD are at different starting points. Help us help you by submitting the SCSE Pre-Advising Information form.

To ensure you are prepared for your virtual advisement and registration meeting, please complete each step below: 

STEP 1: Determine how test scores and courses satisfy requirements

Course Placement information

Earned college credit and transfer courses

STEP 2: Learn academic program, major and UMD degree requirements

UMD Degree requirements
Swenson College of Science and Engineering 

General information about Course selection: Your first term at UMD- create a balanced schedule

Science and Engineering Pathways / Flowcharts


Biology PathwaysElectrical Engineering PathwaysMathematics Pathways
Chemistry PathwaysEngineering Physics PathwaysStatistics and Actuarial Science Pathways
Biochemistry PathwaysEnvironmental Science PathwaysPhysics Pathways
Civil Engineering PathwaysGeological Science PathwaysUndeclared Science Pathway
Chemical Engineering PathwaysIndustrial Engineering PathwaysUndeclared Engineering Pathway
Computer Science PathwaysMechanical Engineering PathwaysPre Health / Professional School Pathways


Flowcharts (Engineering)Chemical Engineering FlowchartElectrical Engineering Flowchart 
 Industrial Engineering Flowchart Mechanical Engineering Flowchart


STEP 3: Preparing for Virtual Advisement and Registration 

Additional Advising Tools and Resources 

APAS- Review your degree audit before and after registration

MyU> Academics> Student Tools> APAS 

Adding courses to your shopping cart

Register for courses

  • Registration Hold will be removed after attending OAR in person.
  • Students can begin to register for courses the next morning. 
  • Recheck courses in the shopping cart, proceed to finish enrolling.
  • Enroll in Courses
  • Questions will be addressed in during a SCSE individual Virtual Advising Appointment 

STEP 4: Virtual Advising Appointment

Sign up to meet with an advisor to confirm course registration

  • View your shopping cart to confirm open courses, shift as needed
  • Check your UMD email for your zoom link invitation

Celebrate registering for your first term at UMD!

You may schedule a virtual appointment with your advisor by using the links below or by calling the SCSE Advising Office at 218-726-7585.

Grady Gaston Appointments 

John Hest Appointments  

Miranda Miller Appointments

Get to know Additional Academic Support Services

After the first term, students will meet with their assigned faculty or professional advisor to discuss course selection and then will register for courses on their own through the web registration system. Students are welcome to come to Swenson College Advising and Academic Services office with questions. We are here to help. Additional information is found in the Registration Guidelines.