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Information for Parents and Family Members

Welcome to the University of Maryland
and Letters and Sciences!

Letters & Sciences (LTSC) is the academic advising home for undergraduates who are deciding on a degree-granting major and/or completing the gateway requirements for a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). For students who are not directly admitted to their LEP major of choice, LTSC assists them with completing the gateway requirements to be eligible to apply to that major.

LTSC also provides the opportunity for students to explore several fields of study before selecting a major. Students in LTSC are able to select courses that overlap with major and General Education requirements, which also allow them to explore different academic areas while fulfilling graduation requirements.

Supporting Your Student

We are excited to have your student join us in Letters and Sciences!

If the information in the presentation and FAQ section have not answered your immediate questions, and you need more specific assistance, you may contact Ashleigh Brown, Associate Director, at

Frequently Asked Questions

Advisors in Letters and Sciences are committed to assisting students with their transition into a degree-granting major. LTSC advisors are knowledgeable about the campus’ majors, minors, certificates, and resources. We are here to provide guidance and empower your students during their academic journey.

In addition to encouraging your student to meet with their academic advisor and complete all advising requirements early in the semester, everyone has a role in the advising process in Letters and Sciences. More information about how you can support your student is available in the Supporting Your Student Presentation.



LTSC students interested in a non-LEP major may begin the process to declare a major at any time. LTSC students interested in an LEP major may apply to the LEP once they have met the gateway requirements. Advisors are available to help students understand the change of major process for their intended major.

Advisors can make course recommendations, such as: suggesting alternative courses, directing students to place themselves on waitlists/holdfiles, contacting the specific academic department, and/or recommending that they actively monitor class enrollments during Schedule Adjustment.

For More Parent Resources

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