Academic Advisement Report (Evaluations)
Official Evaluation/SOC Agreement
Academic advisors provide you with the information needed to plan an academic program. The purpose of the official evaluation/academic advisement report is to show your certificate or degree progress, and to help you select appropriate courses. Official evaluations are available to students who have been admitted and intend to complete a UMUC certificate or degree.
Fast Plans (unofficial evaluations) are also available to all new and prospective students to see how close you are to a degree and help you enroll in courses until your official evaluation is complete. For a free Fast Plan, complete the online request form. You may also request a Fast Plan and make an appointment to see an advisor by contacting your local advising office.
You will need to submit official documents, including their military documents, after enrolling in your first course and during your first term.
An official evaluation/academic advisement report:
- Includes all documented transfer credit earned up to the date of the evaluation that may be applied to a UMUC degree program
- Lists all courses completed at UMUC
- Incorporates other types of documented (non-traditional academic) credit
- Indicates the amount and type of coursework still required for the certificate or degree being sought
An official evaluation/academic advisement report is based on the curriculum in effect when the student first registered with UMUC or any Maryland public two- or four-year school provided there has been no break in enrollment exceeding two years.
In the academic advisement report, a student's most recent courses are applied to requirements first. Courses that could apply to multiple requirements are assigned to the first relevant category in the following order: general education requirements, then requirements for the selected academic major and minor, and finally electives. Verification of other degree-wide requirements (such as minimum number of upper-level credits) follows and may affect the remaining credits needed for the degree. Students should review the specific notes concerning their remaining requirements that can be found at the top of the report.
Documents Required for an Official Evaluation/Academic Advisement Report
During the student's first session at UMUC, all records of previous educational experiences must be sent directly from each issuing institution (or other source, in the case of military documents) to:
Undergraduate Student Affairs
University of Maryland University College
Attn: Incoming Transcripts
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8070 USA
If electronic transcripts are available they can be sent directly from the issuing institute to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documents required for an official evaluation include:
- CLEP, USAFI/DSST, Excelsior College Exams (ECEP formerly RCEP, ACT/PEP),
or other test results, as appropriate
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
Use the Transcript Request (UMAA-002) (PDF, 22 KB) form.
- Appropriate military documents
- Industry-specific certifications
An official evaluation cannot be started until an official transcript has been received directly from each institution attended, including other institutions of the University System of Maryland, even when credit from one institution is posted on the transcript of another institution. All transcripts and military documents become the property of UMUC Europe and cannot be returned to, copied for, or forwarded to a third party for the student. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all appropriate documents have been received by UMUC.
UMUC may deny transfer credit from any institution not listed on the Application for Admission, or for GoArmyEd students, on their Common Application. Sources of transfer credit not listed at the time of admission or not approved by an advisor after admission cannot be applied toward UMUC certificates or degrees.
UMUC encourages students to track the status of their transcripts within their MyUMUC Student Center. To see the status of your transcripts, log in to MyUMUC and go to Student Center > drop down menu (in Academics box) > Select Previous Education. Upon receipt of your last required transcript it will take approximately 20 business days for your official evaluation to be completed.
Please note: By completing the Common Application in the GoArmyEd portal, UMUC is notified that an official evaluation/student agreement is requested for a GoArmyEd student. GoArmyEd students must indicate UMUC Europe as their home campus and select a valid UMUC Europe program to receive an offical evaluation.
Once the official evaluation is completed, you will see it in MyUMUC here: Student Center > drop down menu (in Academics box) > Academic Requirements > View My Advisement Report
Students may request that their official evaluation be updated or changed to a different program by contacting their local Field Academic Advisor. Students may change their degree program only one time per term but not more than three times per academic year. Additional information on official evaluations may be requested from the Office of Evaluations at email@example.com.
Review of International Records
Students who attend a non-U.S. institution (e.g., German Gymnasium or Italian Liceo) or international postsecondary educational institutions for which transfer credit may be awarded must:
- Be admitted and be seeking an undergraduate degree at UMUC.
- Mail their official international school documents to the international credit evaluation services selected by UMUC. Please click here for information on this type of evaluation and a list of approved agencies.
- Provide unofficial copies of the above documents to UMUC Europe.
- Pay fees associated with the international evaluation.
- Have all official transcripts from any U.S. institution previously attended sent to the UMUC Transcript Office.
Curriculum Planning Sheets
UMUC degree-seeking students receive their official evaluation in the form of the curriculum planning sheet or a virtual "academic advisement report" that will:
- Indicate the requirements that have been completed both through UMUC courses and through transfer of other credit, if applicable.
- Show remaining requirements in each part of the certificate/degree curriculum.
Students can use their curriculum planning sheet to help them select suitable courses toward a UMUC certificate or degree. While the virtual academic advisement report is automatically updated as students enroll in UMUC courses, the curriculum planning sheet needs to be updated by the student. Students should also refer to their academic program to ensure their selections fulfill the certificate and degree requirements. Students receiving VA educational benefits or federal financial aid must follow the curriculum planning sheet closely. No award can be made for any course that does not fit into the student's degree program. Course selection advice is also available upon request from UMUC Europe academic advisors.
**Students may view and listen to a tutorial on using and understanding their academic advisement report.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
UMUC participates in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Programs, SOCED, and SOC Degree Builder programs.
- For Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel at the certificate and associate-degree level, they are SOCAD-2, SOCNAV-2, SOCMAR-2, and SOCCOAST-2.
- For Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel at the baccalaureate level, they are SOCAD-4, SOCNAV-4, SOCMAR-4, and SOCCOAST-4.
SOC agreements are available to military students and their family members. SOC agreements will be issued to students after:
- They have paid the application fee.
- They have enrolled in UMUC courses.
- They have visited their local field representative to have their military ID card verified.
- UMUC Europe has received all of the official transcripts and other documents required to complete the official evaluation/academic advisement report.
- GoArmyEd students will need to update their GoArmyEd portal to reflect the following information:
- Their home school is set to UMUC Europe.
- A valid UMUC degree or certificate is listed.
- A common application has been submitted through the GoArmyEd portal.
- The official evaluation has been completed.
UMUC participates in the SOCED program, which is designed to help members of the military community prepare for eventual careers in secondary-level teaching, and in the SOC Degree Builder program, which helps servicemembers in various MOS/NER career paths plot their degree program.
Student agreements for active duty Army are generally uploaded automatically to the GoArmyEd Portal.
Last updated: 04 April 2013