Determination of Senior Status

  • If a student intends to graduate in other than the usual three years (full-time) or four years (evening or part-time day), the following criteria will be applied to determine senior status:

    1. Full-time day students who have earned 50 credits by the conclusion of the fall semester of their second year may request senior status (submit a Registration Status & Exception Form to the Office of Registration and Enrollment) prior to senior registration deadlines in order to receive senior enrollment priorities for selection of courses in the spring semester of their second year and in the fall semester of their third year.  In no event will senior status be granted for more than two semesters, e.g., if they do not in fact graduate in December of their third year.
    2. Evening and part-time day students who have earned 60 credits by the conclusion of the fall semester of their third year may request senior status (submit a Registration Status & Exception Form to the Office of Registration and Enrollment) prior to senior registration deadlines in order to receive senior enrollment priorities for selection of courses in the spring semester of their third year and in the fall semester of their fourth year.  In no event will senior status be granted for more than two semesters, e.g., if they do not in fact graduate in December of their fourth year.
    3. Students who switch divisions will be given senior status on the basis of criteria explained above for the division in which they plan to complete their studies.  They also will retain opportunity for Wild Card & Non-senior Seminar Preferences.  (Submit a Registration Status & Exception Form, Wild Card Form and/or Non-Senior Seminar Preference Form to the Office of Registration and Enrollment)
    4. A student may not exercise a senior priority before Advance Registration which takes place in the fall semester of the second year (day students) or third year (evening and part-time day students).
    5. Students who begin senior status with the spring semester may benefit for that one semester from both senior and non-senior preferences.  These “rising seniors” must notify the Office of Registration & Enrollment in person or by email             (reg_enroll @ law.umaryland.edu) of their intention to benefit from both senior and non-senior preferences.