Senior Year (Defined as 90 or more credits)

Senior year is a busy and exciting time for engineering students.  Your student will be completing final coursework (including any capstone courses for their major), applying for graduation, sprucing up their resume, and practicing their interview skills.  They will either be immersed in their job search or investigating graduate school options.  Students should be aware that there are many important deadlines they must meet during their senior year.  Any questions regarding deadlines for graduation should be directed to Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support.

This section, for each standard academic year for a student, will include information relating to their academic achievement including resources, programs and systems with which they should become more familiar. Information about majors, grades and academic advisement is included.

Application for Graduation:  Every student must apply for graduation through a process that begins with the completion of a Graduation Worksheet. The Graduation Worksheet is due to Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support on the last day of Schedule Adjustment (the first 2 weeks of classes) in the semester in which the student is intending to graduate. Students who do not turn in a Graduation Worksheet WILL NOT graduate in the semester of application. NOTE: Graduation has several steps, listed on the top of the Graduation Worksheet, and all steps must be completed.

Graduation Letter Request:  As students begin to search for full time employment, prospective employers may require documentation that the student will graduate by a certain date. In this situation, students can complete a Graduation Letter Request from Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support.

Commencement:  Information about both the University and Engineering Commencement ceremony can be found in this link.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Verification Request:  Engineering students who wish to take the FE Exam require verification from Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support that they are within six months of graduation.

Embassy Letter Request [pdf]: Upon successful completion of all remaining courses and meeting all University requirements, a student can submit a request for verification of anticipated graduation for an embassy to allow parent(s), guardian(s), or other family members to attend the Engineering Commencement ceremony.

Mandatory Academic Advising:  All engineering students must meet with a departmental academic advisor prior to registering for courses for the coming semester. Students who are on Academic Probation must also make an appointment and meet with an advisor in UA&AS. If a student does not meet with their advisor, they will be UNABLE to register for courses.

Selecting Upper Level Electives: Depending on their major, engineering students will have upper level technical electives from which to choose. Students can visit their academic advisor to discuss their interests and determine appropriate electives for their degree program.

Within the policies and procedures section is more information about requirements students must meet and procedures which will enhance their academic achievement.

Understanding the Engineering Benchmark Reviews: Depending upon the semester your student matriculated into the Clark School of Engineering, they will be reviewed either at 60 University of Maryland credits or two semesters after they are first reviewed for the 45 Credit Review. All students, regardless of matriculation semester or major must pass the 45 Credit Review. Students who matriculated from Fall 2005-Spring 2009 must pass the 2nd and 3rd benchmarks at 60 and then 90 University of Maryland credits respectively. Students who matriculated in the Fall 2009 semester to present must pass the 2nd Benchmark Review two semesters after the 45 Credit Review. The 3rd Benchmark Review occurs two semesters after the 2nd Benchmark Review.

90 Credit Benchmark/3rd Benchmark Review: This review, unlike the 45 Credit Review, varies for each engineering student, based on their major. Students who do not pass the review can be asked to change their major out of engineering.

Graduation Application: Students must complete the Graduation Worksheet process which includes: attaching a copy of the Degree Navigator Online Audit, applying online to graduate and completing the online Senior Survey. All of these steps must be completed and paperwork turned in by the end of Schedule Adjustment (the first ten days of class in a semester). If a student does not complete this process and all other steps in a timely fashion, they will not graduate.

Policy Violation: A review of pertinent Academic Policies is available online. Students who have extenuating circumstances may ask for permission for an Exception to Policy form found under Forms. Permission should be requested through a formal Petition for an Exception to Policy online form which should include all documentation of the extenuating circumstances as well as a personal statement by the student to the Petitions Committee. NOTE: Approval of petitions is not guaranteed.

Residency Requirement: Students should plan to take their final 30 credits at the University of Maryland. NOTE: Study abroad semesters or programs can be an exception to this requirement.

Students in the Clark School of Engineering must meet with an academic advisor (either from UA&AS or their departmental advisor) before they may register for courses. This section includes information related to course registration including relevant policies and descriptions of blocks that could prevent your student’s ability to register.

Courses Outside Univeristy of Maryland: Any student wishing to take a course over the summer at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park, must ask for permission to do so by submitting a Permission to Enroll Form [pdf].

Mandatory Academic Advising: Mandatory Academic Advising: All engineering students must meet with a departmental academic advisor prior to registering for courses for the coming semester. Students who are on Academic Probation must also make an appointment and meet with an advisor in UA&AS. If a student does not meet with their advisor, they will be UNABLE to register for courses.

Registration Blocks

Students may have a registration block on their academic account that prevents them from registering for courses. The following list describes the different types of blocks as well as directions for how your student can get the block lifted.

  • Administrative block: Your student has not met a registration requirement that is general in nature. Your student should contact the Registrar’s Office to discover why the hold was placed and should contact the office or department requesting the hold to find out how to have it removed.
  • By Permission Only block: Your student is not allowed to take a course without permission from the department that teaches the course. All engineering courses have this block during the Fall and Spring semesters. To find out if lifting the hold is possible, your student should contact the department offering the course.
  • Financially Ineligible: your student, for whatever reason, may have money due to the university. To find out how to lift the hold, your student should contact Financial Aid.
  • Mandatory Advising block: Your student cannot register for courses without speaking with their academic advisor. To have the hold lifted, your student needs to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their course schedule for that coming semester.

The Clark School of Engineering and the University of Maryland offer many, many opportunities for student to get involved with and in the campus community. Students can be involved with multiple types of groups at different times but do not have to become involved if they do not wish to be. We recommend that first-year students be careful with the amount of additional activities they take on as they learn more about being a college student. Other than that precaution, the options are limitless!

Career Development: To maximize their opportunities for employment after graduation, students should begin the job search approximately 6-12 months prior to graduation. (Many employers begin recruiting spring graduates in the preceding fall semester.)

Career Fairs: The University of Maryland hosts a large career fair each fall and spring semester to provide a forum for students to network with employers and discuss full-time employment opportunities. The Fall Career Fair is typically held in early October, and the Spring Career Fair is in February or March. Detailed information is available at the above link.

Cooperative Education Program (Co-op): The Engineering Co-op Program allows students to gain one or more semesters of full-time engineering work experience prior to graduation. While participation in the program may slightly delay a student’s graduation, co-op participants gain a more intensive work experience than summer interns and often have more full-time job offers upon graduation at higher starting salaries than students without equivalent work experience. Interested students should pursue a co-op position using the resources described above and may enroll in the Co-op Program upon accepting a co-op job offer. Students enrolled in the Co-op Program will register for a zero-credit course that allows them to maintain their student status at the University of Maryland.

Careers4Engineers Employment Database: Through the Careers4Engineers database, students may apply for engineering internship, co-op, and part-time job opportunities, find employer contact information, and sign up for on-campus interviews. Students must visit the Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office to activate a Careers4Engineers account, which is available free of charge.

Networking Events: During the fall and spring semesters, students also have the opportunity to network with engineering employers through employer-led information sessions, workshops, and other networking events. These events are advertised to students through a weekly Career Engineer e-newsletter and are posted in the eLink database.

Workshops and Individual Career Advising: To prepare students for a successful job search, we offer a variety of career development workshops as well as individual career advising on topics including resumes, interviews, and salary negotiation. Students may sign up for workshops online or stop by for an individual career advising session.

Student Organizations: Please see the Freshman year explanation for more information on student organizations.

Study Abroad Opportunities: Your student should check with their departmental advisor and the Coordinator of International Engineering Programs to see if study abroad during the senior year is still a possibility.


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