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UMD Freshman Connection!! Hellp


Replies to: UMD Freshman Connection!! Hellp

  • whenyoubelievewhenyoubelieve Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    @terp22222 CMSC131 is the first CS class, if you haven't exempted from it with a 5 on the AP CS exam. There's a section JUST for FC students, so I doubt being in FC will affect your track at UMD for CS, since only FC students can apply to it. Here's a link to last semester's CMSC131 sections. You'll see that the section for FC is at the bottom and has room to spare! https://ntst.umd.edu/soc/search?courseId=CMSC131&sectionId=&termId=201708&_openSectionsOnly=on&creditCompare=&credits=&courseLevelFilter=ALL&instructor=&_facetoface=on&_blended=on&_online=on&courseStartCompare=&courseStartHour=&courseStartMin=&courseStartAM=&courseEndHour=&courseEndMin=&courseEndAM=&teachingCenter=ALL&_classDay1=on&_classDay2=on&_classDay3=on&_classDay4=on&_classDay5=on
  • Vic99Vic99 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    My S also got in to Spring and we are deciding ion FC, can anyone confirm receiving scholarship for Spring, OOS
    Is it better to stay local go to community college and transfer for Spring as the core courses become full quickly
  • CFMASTERCFMASTER Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Stigma? That's funny. These students are just taking later classes during the first semester that's it
  • Mimigar1963Mimigar1963 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Don’t do it. It has been the worst thing ever. You must stay FC for the remainder of your college. You go the last pick of classes....forever. My kid can barely get an elective, much less a needed class. Next semester she has ONE class that she got into. She’s waitlisted for the others to even make a full time student. We are chock full of electives and no real classes. It’s really been awful. You have no status. She signs up for classes two weeks after everyone else. It’s really not beneficial. I suggest deferring until fall 2019 and starting at a comm7nity college to get the basics done.
  • Mimigar1963Mimigar1963 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Not a stigma, your status is lowered. You get last pick for classes. It’s been awful. Awful. Worst thing we ever did and considered leaving the school to come in as a real studentso she can get classes and graduate eventually.
  • whenyoubelievewhenyoubelieve Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    I don't think it's true that you're in FC forever? I'm pretty sure it's just for your first year at UMD..? Then, registration dates are based on the amount of credits that you have. For example, I've always had a bad registration date (within the last 7 days of course registration for all but my first semester orientation registration), but that's just because my luck was bad and I ended up getting a bad date. I have the credit count of my TRUE current UMD year and not a year higher, unlike those who come in with enough APs to be considered a grade standing above what they actually are (ex. a freshman comes in with 30+ credits, they would be considered an academic sophomore for registration dates, so they will get a better registration date than freshmen standing students). If your student started in FC and came in with less AP credits than most or the student didn't take that many credits in the fall, it could explain why the student had a really bad registration date.

    Also, the classes @Mimigar1963 's child went for could be VERY exclusive classes to get into (some engineering gateway classes are hard to get into, I've heard).

    TL;DR FC isn't bad, I don't think. There could be a ton of different factors that result in classes being hard to get into. But, to each their own.

    (I'm not in FC. I'm just making some guesses here.)
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 2,008 Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    Waitlisting a class can seem daunting, but seriously not as bad as u think. My son waitlisted a lot of classes to get the section he wanted. With very few exceptions (for small electives) he always got in the class. I think the highest number he was in line was in the 20’s. Still got in. The elective classes are harder for waitlist because they are not required, so new sections may indeed not open up. However, they do monitor foundation/required courses waitlists. When they get to a certain point, they will open an additional section. In addition, upperclassmen typically play around with their schedule over the summer, so seats open up.

    You typically start to see the waitlists start to “move” in August...
  • SoofDadSoofDad Registered User Posts: 917 Member
    I personally know students who started in FC 4 years ago. They have all graduated this past May in their desired majors. They are close friends of my D. One has even been her apartment-mate for the past 2 years.

    Freshman connection lasts for the first semester, and ONLY the first semester. There are classes that are reserved exclusively for FC students. They are clearly listed in Testudo.

    My D has successfully used waitlists every semester.
  • NusaDuaNusaDua Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    My daughter is starting her junior year. She was in FC only one semester. It is true FC students pick last for classes their spring semester but that is the only time that happens. Luckily, my daughter registered early for FC and got three classes she needed for her major and wasn't effected by registering later.
  • Swimming123Swimming123 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    edited December 2018
    They also do this to keep the GPA of attending students high since FC students gpas are not included in the calculation.
  • unicornluvr123unicornluvr123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    What is the average high school GPA for a student that would be admitted into freshmen connection?
  • rocklandmomrocklandmom Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    I could not disagree with @Mimigar1963 more - my son got FC (he is a Senior now), he took later classes first semester freshman year. While he was last to pick for 2nd semester freshman year, he got all the classes he needed and had fulfilled so many required courses in Freshman Connection, that he was able to take the next level classes. He applied the end of Freshman year for a highly competitive LEP - Government and Politics - and was accepted. He is graduating on time, with a minor in Sustainability and a straight A average from Freshman Connection through this past semester Senior year. It was by far the BEST thing we ever did was to go into Freshman Connection. It is a wonderful way to transition into College in a less intense environment. There is absolutely no stigma and the transition to being a regular student was seamless.
  • SoofDadSoofDad Registered User Posts: 917 Member
    I do not think that @Mimigar1963 is a legitimate poster. He/she only made the 2 posts above. Nothing before then. Mothing since then.
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