How to Register for Classes

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

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

Registration Schedule

registration opens and closes at midnight

Registration Type Fall 2024
Web Registration - Continuing and Returning Students April 8, 2024
Web Registration - Clinicals and Practicum Placements (except first-semester students) April 8, 2024
Web Registration - New Students (except new BSN and MSN-E registered at UMSON 101) April 22, 2024
Web Registration - Coursework Only Option/Summer May 22, 2024
Deadline to Register for All Summer/Fall Clinical Practicum and Project Courses (all programs) April 19, 2024
Late Registration ($40 fee applies) TBD
Payment Due TBD
Summer Semester Begins TBD

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Check the Academic Calendar

Check the Academic Calendar for advisement and registration dates and review the current student registration information and procedures.

  • 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.
  • After the start of the term, students must complete an add/drop form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar and Student Placements for processing to change their schedule.

Step 2: 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.


  • 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

Step 3: Register Online

  • Log in to Student UseR Friendly System (SURFS).
  • Go to Registration-Register for Classes
  • Click on Prepare for Registration – to view HOLDS
  • Select Term
  • Register for Classes
  • Select Find Classes Tab
  • Enter course information (ex. NURS 344)
  • Click Search
  • Find the course and click Add
  • Click Submit and it will change to Registered.

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.

Step 4: 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.
  • College of Southern Maryland Students: Instructors send classroom information. 
  • Online Students: Classes are TBA for days, times, and locations. "Partial Blackboard" is listed for all face to face courses.