How to Register for Classes

You must register for coursework each semester to maintain degree candidacy.

All students receive information on registration dates and procedures each semester. 

Step by Step Instructions

Check the Academic Calendar for advisement and registration dates.

  • A late fee will apply to register for classes after the registration deadline.
  • Students are urged to register early as classes may close and additional sections will not be added.
  • New BSN-Baltimore and CNL students will register for classes during the S.T.E.P. Program; all other newly admitted students should NOT wait for orientation to register.
  • After the start of the term, students must complete an add/drop form and submit it to the Office of Records and Registration for processing to change their schedule.

Select Your Courses

  1. Log in to Student UseR Friendly System (SURFS).
  2. Click on the interactive Class Schedule.
    • All courses (open or closed) are listed during advisement.
    • Only logged-in students are able to see if a section is currently open or closed.
    • A closed section is designated by a "C" following the course registration number.
    • Class meets every week unless noted in comments.
  3. Select your courses. Scroll down to see all sections offered.

Key:

  • CRN: Course Registration Number, the unique identifier for each class section.
  • 01, 02, etc: a face-to-face course meeting at the Baltimore location.
  • SG: a face-to-face course meeting at the Universities at Shady Grove location.
  • WB or WO: an online course that does not meet in the classroom.
  • LC: a face-to-face course meeting at the Laurel Center.
  • SM: a face-to-face or hybrid course meeting at the College of Southern Maryland.

Register online.

  • Log in to Student UseR Friendly System (SURFS).
  • Click Student Services and Financial Aid.
  • Click Registration.
  • Click Select Term and choose the desired semester.
  • Click Add/Drop Classes.
  • Scroll down to the Add Classes section.
  • Enter the CRN number(s) for your desired course(s) and section(s).
  • Click Submit Changes.
  • Look for your courses in the Current Schedule area.

You might encounter the following registration errors:

  • Time Conflict: You have selected classes that meet at the same time
  • Closed Section: Course is full and closed for registration
  • Class Restriction: You are not eligible to register for the course
  • Holds: Campus offices such as Student Health, Office of International Services, and Student Accounts Offices place holds on student’s registration. Contact the appropriate office(s) to have holds removed. Other holds include EC, missing emergency contact information, and Title IX. To remove these holds either provide emergency contact information in SURFS or complete the required Title IX training. 
  • Course Prerequisites: You have not met the requirements to register for the course.

Print your schedule.

  • Select Student Schedule by Day and Time for a quick table format.
  • Select Student Detail Schedule for a more detailed version.
Classroom assignments are not listed in SURFS.
  • Baltimore Students: During the first week of the term, room assignments are sent by email, posted online, and available at the security officer's desk in the UMSON lobby.
  • Universities at Shady Grove Students: Refer to the Schedule of Classes.
  • Laurel College Center and College of Southern Maryland: Instructors send classroom information. 
  • Online Students: Classes are TBA for days, times, and locations. "Partial Blackboard" is listed for all face to face courses.