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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Golden Identification Card Program
The University of Maryland participates in the Golden Identification Card Program. The institution will make available courses and various services to persons who are 60 years of age or older, who are legal residents of the State of Maryland and who are retired (not engaged in gainful employment for more than 20 hours per week). When persons eligible for this program are admitted to the university, they register on a space-available basis for credit courses as regular or special students in any session and receive a Golden Identification card. Golden ID students must meet all course prerequisite and co-requisite requirements. Tuition is waived for these courses; however, a Golden ID administrative fee is assessed every semester. Golden ID students may register for a maximum of three courses per term. Golden ID students are not eligible for Consortium courses. The Golden Identification Card will entitle eligible persons to certain academic services, including the use of the libraries and the shuttle bus service. Such services will be available during any session only to persons who have registered for one or more courses for that semester. Golden ID students also have the opportunity to become involved with the Golden ID Student Association, which provides cultural and social events, course recommendations, and peer advising. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 301-314-8385.

Non-Degree Seeking Students
Applicants who qualify for admission but do not desire to work toward a baccalaureate degree may be admitted as non-degree seeking students.

Non-degree seeking students who have received a baccalaureate degree are advised that no credit earned while enrolled may be applied at a later date to a graduate program. These post-baccalaureate students may enroll in undergraduate courses for which they possess the necessary prerequisites, but may not enroll in courses restricted to graduate students only. Students who wish to take courses at the graduate level (600 and above) must contact the Graduate School for information concerning admission requirements for Advanced Special Student status.

Non-degree seeking students who do not have a baccalaureate degree must submit transcripts and meet regular admission standards. Transcripts are not required from students with baccalaureate degrees from a regionally accredited institution. Because of space limitation, several departments require that permission be given in advance to register for classes as a non-degree student. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for further information.

Non-degree seeking students who are taking classes to transfer immediately back to another institution may apply without academic transcripts. These applicants must, in lieu of transcripts, submit official documentation from that institution granting permission to take course work at the University of Maryland for that particular semester.

Returning Students and Veterans
Applicants who have not attended school for more than five years, or who have had military experience, should contact both an admission counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 301-314-8385 and the Returning Students Program at 301-314-7693. Veterans should also contact the University of Maryland Veterans Certification Office at 301-314-8239.

Students returning to the University of Maryland after a separation of five calendar years may petition the appropriate dean to have a number of grades and credits from courses previously taken at the University of Maryland, College Park, removed from the calculation of their cumulative grade point averages and from the credits applied toward graduation requirements. See information under "Registration, Academic Requirements and Regulations" in chapter 4.

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