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Orientation

priya2015priya2015 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
Hi all,
My son will be a CS major in the ACES living learning program.We are registered for orientation in the end of June.I read threads from past years which detailed what happens during the orientation.This is our first and only kid going away to college and both husband and I did not go to shcool here in the US...so the whole course selection/gen ed requirements are all so confusing. Son will come with IB and AP credits.His IB scores will not be available before orientation.So how will they figure out how u can get credit for certain courses during orientation?Also how many gen ed courses do they require for the first semester?He is also planning to double major in math...does he have to let them know before orientation?Not sure if he has wait to declare another major?How does that work?Thank you!

Replies to: Orientation

  • misblizmisbliz Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I don't know about the double major, but I asked CS/ACES about the registration issues for classes you may be able to place out of...I was asking specifically about the exemption exams since my son won't be able to take those until around the same time as the registration/orientation dates unless we make the trip for him to just test before then (we're 8hrs away). I wasn't sure if he should register for what he expects he'll take with the assumption that he'll test out of one or more of the CS classes (but not knowing for sure whether he would w/o the scores). I was told that he would register for the courses he qualifies for and change them later if he ends up testing out. So if AP scores or test scores aren't in, then you have to register for those classes initially. It worries me a little since the upper level courses may have fewer spots and fewer sections - especially if he tries to switch out later. So it's not ideal. He will be registering in July, so hopefully his AP scores will be back by then which would apply to the gen ed requirements.

    You may have already found this, but here's the page with the AP/IB info:
    http://www.transfercredit.umd.edu/plc.html#cbe

    And this has the 4 year plan of courses (see the links on the left side):
    http://undergrad.cs.umd.edu/current
    When we visited, the advisor we spoke to gave us a hard copy of something similar. But neither that nor the link above incorporates the ACES requirements like honors seminars. I assume that an advisor will help with scheduling.

    If I get any additional info I'll share it.
  • priya2015priya2015 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Thank you @misbliz
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