UMBC has comprehensive resources to help you meet your academic goals. This page lists offices that can help you make decisions about your academic plans (advising), register for classes, and assist with difficulties you may run into.


Whom to contact

Topics they can assist with

Your assigned academic advisor. (You may have more than one advisor - Check here.)

Advisors for Main Campus.
Advisors for
Shady Grove Campus.

  • Advising clearance (authorization) to register for spring and fall semesters

  • Understanding your degree requirements

  • Understanding course prerequisites and help with course selection

  • A good place to start for most questions

Academic & Pre-Professional Advising

Sherman Hall, B-Wing, 2nd Floor
(410) 455-2729

  • Exploring majors and pre-professional programs

  • General Education requirements

  • Academic difficulty

  • Approve excess credits

  • Advising undeclared majors (Undergraduate Studies)

  • Advising for Allied Health programs

Registrar’s Office

Sherman Hall, B-wing, 2nd floor
(410) 455-2500



  • Change your major, minor or declare a track

  • Assistance with Registration and Withdrawals

  • Preparing for graduation

  • Transfering credit from another college/university

  • Updating your personal information, such as preferred name

  • Family Educational Rights & Privacy

  • Veterans, Residency, and Athletic Certifying

  • Obtaining a copy of your official UMBC transcript

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Library Pond
Financial Aid (410) 455-2387
Merit Scholarships (410) 455-3813

  • Financial Aid Eligibility

  • Prepaid tuition

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • (For billing and financial holds, see Student Business Services)

Student Business Services

Administration Building, 3rd Floor
(410) 455-2288

  • Financial holds that are preventing registration

  • Student billing inquiries

  • Student refund inquiries

  • Payment plans

Academic Success Center

Sherman Hall, B-Wing, Room 345
410-455-2444

  • Requests for a third attempt in a class

  • Requests to add a course after the published deadline

  • Requests to change the grading method after the published deadline

  • Petitions to waive degree requirements

  • Help with academic policy questions

  • Tutoring
  • Writing Center
  • First Year Intervention (FYI) Alerts
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • Skill Building Courses
  • Placement Testing
  • Academic Success Meetings
  • Academic Advocacy

Career Center

Math/Psychology, Room 201
(410) 455-2216

  • Explore your career options   

  • Explore internships, co-ops, and research positions

  • Connect to employers seeking to hire UMBC students

Counseling Center


Student Development & Success Center
Center Road between Chesapeake and Susquehanna Halls

(410) 455-2472

  • Confidential assistance with what is troubling you:

  • We assist students who are struggling with a variety of difficulties such as
    anxiety, depression, uncertainty, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, sexuality, stress, study skills, family issues
  • Individual, Couples, and Group Counseling


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