High School Concurrent Students in Letters and Sciences
Letters and Sciences (LTSC) is the academic advising home for undergraduates who have not chosen a degree-granting major. LTSC is also the academic home for "High School Concurrent" students. Please see the FAQ below for answers to common question concerning "High School Concurrent" students. If you have additional questions, you may email Mr. Noah Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-314-8418.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a "High School Concurrent" student? What does this mean?
- What is the admission process for "High School Concurrent" students?
- When can I register for classes?
- Can I take any course I wish to take?
- Do different levels of courses—100, 200, 300, or 400 level - have any importance for choosing a course?
- Can I take MATH courses at Maryland?
- Do I attend Orientation as a "High School Concurrent" student?
- Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
- Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a "Concurrent High School" student?
- Can I participate in the Science in the Evening program through the Office of Extended Studies?
- If I am successful with my courses at Maryland, does it mean I’ll be admitted if I apply later?
- Can I get a University of Maryland ID Card?
- What other opportunities are available to earn college credit during the summer?
1. What is a "High School Concurrent" student? What does this mean?
Talented high school seniors have the opportunity to enroll at the University of Maryland for up to two courses, or seven credits, during the fall, spring or summer terms. Successful applicants will have pursued a rigorous high school program and will have demonstrated exceptional performance and ability over time. (See next question)
2. What is the admission process for "High School Concurrent" students?
To apply, students must submit the completed application form, high school transcript, an essay explaining why they are interested in attending Maryland concurrently, a letter of recommendation from the high school, and a letter of permission from their parents or legal guardians. Concurrent students must live within commuting distance. For best consideration students should meet the application deadlines: For Spring, January 2; for Summer, May 1; and for Fall, August 1. See the Admissions website for more information: https://admissions.umd.edu/apply/requirements/special-audiences. For other opportunities to take courses at Maryland during the summer visit the Office of Extended Studies.
3. When can I register for classes?
High School Concurrent students register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of classes each semester. They may not register any earlier than that time. There are no exceptions to this rule and no other negotiable alternatives. Because of space limitations, several departments require permission be given in advance to register for classes as a non-degree student. (See next question)
4. Can I take any course I wish to take?
Students may only take courses at the University for which they qualify. To see if a student meets those qualifications, he or she should look up the course description via the online "Schedule of Classes" (www.testudo.umd.edu).
If a course at Maryland has "prerequisites," (courses that must be taken and completed satisfactorily in advance of attending a particular class), a student must have those completed before he or she can take the course.
- For instance, a student interested in medical school may be interested in BSCI222 (Principles of Genetics). However, that course requires as prerequisites; BSCI105, BSCI106, CHEM131 and CHEM132 or BSCI105 and two semesters of chemistry. If any of those requirements have not been met—and the prerequisites must be equivalent to UMCP classes—then the course cannot be taken. Honors and High School courses are not equivalent to UMCP courses.
Some course descriptions may state that in order to take the course, a student needs "permission of the department." Other courses may require the student to be in a certain major to take the course. In these cases, students should contact the appropriate department in order to take the course.
High School Concurrent students are not allowed to take Graduate courses.
5. Do different levels of courses—100, 200, 300, or 400 level - have any importance for choosing a course?
Yes. LTSC encourages High School students to look at 100-level and 200-level courses as these are geared toward first and second year students. Typically 300-level and 400-level courses are designed for juniors and seniors (upperclassmen) at the University. By their nature, the classes assume a higher level of maturity and background has been attained by students before attending. If in doubt about what level courses students should take, they should consult a Letters and Sciences advisor.
6. Can I take MATH courses at Maryland?
LTSC discourages High School Concurrent students from taking college level mathematics courses because of the difference in caliber of education between the University and high school level mathematics courses. However, if students feel they qualify for a math course at Maryland, they may take the Math Placement Test through the Math Department to get placement for taking a course. See this website for more information: https://www-math.umd.edu/undergraduate/credit-placement-and-advising.html. Students will be required to speak with Ida Chan (email@example.com), the Mathematics academic advisor, before taking any math courses. They should be sure to identify themselves as a "High School Concurrent" student when contacting Ms. Chan. Also, they may reach the department by telephone: 301-405-7582.
8. Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
Yes. LTSC requires that High School Concurrent students communicate with an advisor before they register for classes. The LTSC advisor working with "High School Concurrent" students is Noah Jacobs. You may call ahead for available hours, 301-314-8418, or you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. After contacting the advisor, the "advising block" on the student’s account will be removed and the student will be able to register for classes, on the first day of the semester.
NOTE: Students should be absolutely positive they can attend each class period for any class they register for at the University. If students cannot get to class on time, or cannot attend regularly, they should not register for the course as it could have implications on their grade in that class. Attendance matters!
9. Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a "Concurrent High School" student?
Letters and Sciences, a part of Undergraduate Studies, is the academic home to all students on campus who are "Concurrent High School" students.
10. Can I participate in the Science in the Evening program through the Office of Extended Studies?
No. The Science in the Evening (SIE) Program is strictly for students who have acquired a Bachelor’s Degree.
11. If I am successful with my courses at Maryland, does it mean I’ll be admitted if I apply later?
Taking a course at Maryland as a Concurrent High School student does not guarantee admission to the University no matter how well the student performs. Students should always be sure to ask the Admissions Office any questions they might have about being accepted to Maryland.
12. Can I get a University of Maryland ID Card?
Yes. Once a student has registered for their first class at Maryland, they may visit the Office of the Registrar in the Mitchell building to have a student I.D. made.
13. What other opportunities are available to earn college credit during the summer?
The Young Scholars Program offered through the Office of Extended Studies allows high school students to earn three university credits while pursuing academic interests and exploring UMD college life. Go to ysp.umd.edu for more information.