Academic FAQs For Undergraduates

UMBC to Return to On-Campus Academics and Student Support Services

As a result of new public health forecasts and medical guidance, as well as the prospect of more widespread vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, UMBC is looking forward to a robust on campus experience for the Fall 2021 semester. While we cannot predict with certainty how the pandemic will evolve over the coming months, we do expect that on-campus activities will still require necessary health and safety precautions consistent with USM, CDC, and WHO guidelines. Undergraduate students are encouraged to review the frequently asked questions below and consult with an academic advisor as they plan their fall schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes final?

As public health guidelines and circumstances continue to evolve, modes of instruction and course-meeting locations may be subject to change.

What if I am unable to participate in face to face courses?

We recognize that not all students are able to participate in face to face (F2F) courses so we are offering more of online course options in Fall 2021 than ever before, but we cannot guarantee a fully online semester. You are encouraged to work with your academic advisor to build a schedule that meets your needs.

Will there be any changes to academic or enrollment policies (i.e. pass/fail grading)?

All academic policies as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog and UMBC Policies website will remain in place for Fall 2021.

Will academic and student support services (i.e. academic advising, tutoring) be available on campus?

Yes. Academic and student support services will be available on campus in Fall 2021. In addition, there will be a number of online services including academic advising, tutoring and other student supports available.

What is a Hybrid course ?

Hybrid courses are courses in which traditional face-to-face classroom instruction is combined with online learning. The instructor of the course will determine which class meetings will be in person and which will be in an online format.  You will be expected to attend the face-to-face meetings of the class.

Will students have access to computer labs?

Yes. Computer labs will be available to students. More information coming soon.

Will there be study space available on campus?

Yes. We will share these locations soon.