Undergraduate Policies

1. Satisfactory Progress: Every Smith School student will be reviewed after they reach 45 credits (not including AP or IB credits) in order to make sure they have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and that the following courses have been completed with at least a C- or higher:

  • MATH220 or 140 or 130
  • ECON200 or 201
  • BMGT230
  • BMGT220

Beginning with Fall 2011 freshmen admits to the Smith School, there will a second component of the Satisfactory Progress Review. In addition to the 45 credit review requirements above, these students will also be reviewed once they reach 60 credits, and at that time, these students must have completed these additional courses with at least a C- or higher.

  • BMGT 221
  • 2nd economics requirement [ECON 200 or 201]

Students not meeting this requirement will need to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if/how they can retain their status as a Smith School student.

2. Oversubscriptions: Oversubscriptions into closed sections of BMGT courses will only be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • The student is graduating in the semester in which they are requesting the oversubscription.
  • The BMGT course/section being requested is the student’s only option in order to graduate that semester.
  • The request is officially submitted to the Smith School’s Office of Undergraduate Studies by 4:30 pm on the first day of classes in the semester. However, requests should be submitted as soon as possible.


Please note that oversubscriptions can not accommodate a student’s preferences, including but not limited to professor, section/time, work schedule, etc.

3. Credit Overloads: The University allows students to only register for up to 16 credits during open registration periods. On the first day of classes in the Fall and Spring semesters, students are allowed to register for up to 20 credits. In certain circumstances students can seek special permission from the Smith School’s Office of Undergraduate Studies to register for up to 17 credits prior to the beginning of the semester. Graduating seniors can request to register for up to 18 credits during open registration if they need all 18 credits in order to graduate at the end of that semester. Special permission must be requested and approved by the Smith School’s Office of Undergraduate Studies in order to allow a student to register in excess of 20 credits.

4. Academic Credit for an Internship: The Smith School offers academic credit for internship experiences only during the Summer terms. For further information regarding the Smith School’s internship courses, please click here.

If you are required to take an academic course for an internship during the Fall or Spring
semester, we recommend the University Career Center’s Internship Seminar Course:UNIV099

5. Smith School Single Majors: Students must declare their primary major no later than the semester prior to their graduation;however, it is recommended that the primary major is declared early enough to ensure all prerequisites can be followed when completing that major’s coursework. Requests to change a major will not be processed during the open registration period, so please make any changes at the beginning of a given semester. 

6. Smith School Double Majors: Students wishing to pursue two Smith School majors must have the following courses completed with at least a C- (2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale) or higher before the second major can be officially added to their record:

MATH220 or 140 or 130

ECON200 and 201

BMGT230

BMGT220 and 221

This second major must be officially declared no later than one year prior to a student’s expected graduation date with their primary major. Requests to add/change a second major will not be processed during the open registration period, so please make any changes at the beginning of a given semester. 

7. Transfer Courses: Smith School students who would like to take a course at another institution must obtain approval from their academic advisor via a Permission to Enroll (PTE) form prior to taking the course at the other institution to assure transferability. The PTE form can be obtained in 1570 Van Munching Hall. Students are permitted to transfer in up to two College Core courses (not including BMGT367 or BMGT495), and only two Major Requirements (not including BMGT457 and BMGT407). These courses must come from anAACSB school accredited in business and be previously evaluated and listed on theTransfer Credit Center's database. If the course is not listed on the Transfer Credit Center database, then an evaluation must be completed. To have a course evaluated, please provide a full syllabus to the Smith School’s Undergraduate Studies Office. Please also note that we do not recommend that students take their first course in a major (such as BMGT220/221 for Accounting, BMGT340 for Finance, BMGT350 for Marketing, etc.) at an institution other than the Smith School.

Once a transfer course has been completed, it is the student’s responsibility to request that an official transcript be sent by the transfer institution to the address below, as well as to follow-up to be sure the transcript is received by the University and posted to one’s record:

University of Maryland

Office of the Registrar

College Park, MD 20742-5235

For further information on the University’s Transfer Credit Policy, please Click Here

8. Repeat Policy: Please Click Here to view the University’s Repeat Policy within the Undergraduate Catalog.

9. Pass/Fail Grading Option: The University permits its students to take only their elective courses under the pass/fail grading option. The courses may not be college, major, field of concentration, or general education program requirements. In accordance with University Policy, students are allowed to take up to 12 credits under the pass/fail grading option during their time at the University, not to exceed one pass/fail course per semester. In addition, an undergraduate student must have completed 30 or more credit hours of college credit in order to take a course under the pass/fail grading option. At least 15 of these credit hours must have been completed at the University of Maryland-College Park with a UMCP cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. A student can change the grading method for a course to pass/fail when registering on Testudo, which must be done before the Schedule Adjustment Period ends for that semester.

10. Classroom Expectations: The following expectations have been set by Smith School faculty:

Active engagement in class by participating in class discussions, as well as by answering and raising questions.

Keep cell phones turned off (i.e. no texting either).

Show respect to the faculty and one’s fellow students by arriving to class on time and by not disrupting class by leaving early.

Know individual professors’ policies, including but not limited to restrictions on the use of laptops in class, attendance policies, etc.

11. Academic Advising Appointments: Current Smith School students are encouraged to schedule a 30-minute appointment to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their academic progress, goals, policies, etc. Appointments are on a first-come first-served basis and can be scheduled no later than 12:00 pm on the day prior to the desired date of one’s appointment. If a student can not make a scheduled appointment, it must be cancelled by 10:00 am the day prior to the appointment. If an appointment is not properly cancelled a student will be listed as a “No Show” for the appointment. Once two “No Shows” are accumulated during an academic year, a student will then be prohibited from making any further scheduled appointments for the academic year and will be permitted to utilize only the office’s walk-in advising hours, which are typically from 10:30 am–1:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

12. Fellows Program Policies: Please click here to view the Smith School’s Undergraduate Fellows Program Policies.