UMUC's agreement with the military services requires military students to submit all necessary documents and obtain a degree plan with UMUC by the deadline as stipulated by the service. Academic Advisors can assist with further information. Students who are enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or who have SOCAD, SOCMAR, SOCNAV, or SOCCOAST agreements already have degree plans and are exempt from this requirement.
Planning a college curriculum is a challenging process. University of Maryland University College employs a number of professional Academic Advisors to provide assistance for students. Academic Advisors maintain offices in Guam, Japan, Korea, and Okinawa. They travel frequently to visit most education centers to meet with students. This assistance can include a review of potential transfer credit, help with clarification of education goals, aid in selecting appropriate courses, and the preparation of tentative evaluations of students' progress toward UMUC certificates, associate's degree, and bachelor's degrees.
Students should meet with an Academic Advisor as early in their college careers as possible to ensure that the courses they select meet the requirements for a degree or certificate with UMUC. If students cannot speak with an Advisor in person, they can contact one by telephone or email. Students can access an Advisor's contact information through MyUMUC.
Initial Estimate of Transfer Credit
Prospective or newly admitted students can have a review of their potential transfer credit done by an Academic Advisor. This review is an estimate of the academic credit UMUC might accept toward a particular degree and of the requirements that would remain to be fulfilled. (A description of sources of credit are described in the Ways of Earning Credit section of this Catalog and online.) This review is not binding on either the student or UMUC and is subject to change.
Review of International Records
Students who are seeking a review of potential transfer credit from international postsecondary educational institutions need to
- Be admitted and be seeking an undergraduate degree at UMUC.
- Mail their official international transcripts to the international credit evaluation services selected by UMUC. (More information can be found online.)
- Pay fees associated with the international evaluation.
- Have all official transcripts from any U.S. institution previously attended sent to UMUC.
- Submit an Official Evaluation Application; this form is available at all education centers and on the UMUC Asia Web site at www.asia.umuc.edu/publications/forms/umr-232_eval.pdf.
Official Evaluation/Academic Advisement Report
Academic Advisors provide students with the information needed to plan an academic program. The purpose of the official evaluation/academic advisement report is to show students their certificate or degree progress, and to help them select appropriate courses. Official evaluations/academic advisement reports are available to students who have been admitted and intend to complete a UMUC certificate or degree.
As they enroll in their first course(s), students need to submit official documents, including their high school transcript if they have less than 24 credits in transfer, during their first term. An official evaluation/academic advisement report:
- Includes all documented transfer credit earned up to the date of the evaluation that may be applied to a UMUC degree program
- Lists all courses completed at UMUC
- Incorporates other types of documented (non-traditional academic) credit
- Indicates the amount and type of coursework still required for the certificate or degree being sought
An official evaluation/academic advisement report is based on the curriculum in effect when the student first registered with UMUC or any Maryland public two- or four-year school provided there has been no break in enrollment exceeding two years. In the academic advisement report, a student's most recent courses are applied to requirements first. Courses that could apply to multiple requirements are assigned to the first relevant category in the following order: general education requirements, then requirements for the selected academic major and minor, and finally electives. Verification of other degree-wide requirements (such as minimum number of upper-level credits) follows and may affect the remaining credits needed for the degree. Students should review the specific notes concerning remaining requirements found at the top of the report.
Documents Required for an Official Evaluation
With the exception of GoArmyEd students, all students may request an official evaluation by submitting the Application for an Official Evaluation. Requests may be submitted here.
By completing the Common Application in the GoArmyEd Portal, UMUC is notified that an official evaluation is requested for a GoArmyEd student.
The documents required for an official evaluation/academic advisement report include:
- CLEP, USAFI/DANTES, Excelsior College Exams (ECEP-formerly RCEP, ACT/PEP), Advanced Placement, Defense Language Proficiency;
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
- High school transcript (if less than 24 hours in transfer credit)
- Appropriate military documents (e.g. AARTS, SMART, CCAF, etc)
- Industry-specific certifications
An official evaluation cannot be started until an official transcript has been received directly from each institution attended, including other institutions of the University System of Maryland, even when credit from one institution is posted on the transcript of another institution. All transcripts and military documents become the property of UMUC and cannot be returned to, copied for, or forwarded to a third party for the student. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all appropriate documents have been received by UMUC.
Students may request an official evaluation/academic advisement report for a new program or new major/minor by submitting an application through the UMUC Asia Web site. Students may change their degree program only once per term.
All records and transcripts of students' previous education should be sent directly from the issuing institutions to:
University of Maryland University College
Attn: Transcript Office
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8070
Evaluation of Service School Training
UMUC follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (all editions) in the evaluation of service school credit. For more information, see the "Ways of Earning Credit" section of this Catalog.