Advising Policies


The ENSP program faculty and staff are committed to helping you achieve your personal and academic goals.  Whether working with us in advising, the classroom, or over e-mail, we value what you bring to our program.   Please take a few minutes to read through these items so you can bring your best self to the process.  We look forward to working with you!

Making an Advising Appointment

For ENSP students who are "Undeclared" (have NOT declared their concentration):

All new ENSP students enter as ENSP-Undeclared through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where they are guided through an exploratory advising process.  In their advising meetings, students will learn what it takes to become a successful student; encouraged to learn about and use campus resources, clubs, and activities; explore the various areas of concentration; discuss possible internships and study abroad; and plan for the nuts and bolts of their degree requirements.   

To prepare for your advising appointment:

  • Prepare to give updates on your classes.  We will want to know how you are doing in each class, which of them you like the best, etc.
  • Check Benchmark requirements and assess where you are in the process of completing them.
  • Develop a list of 5-7 possible classes to take. 
  • Please review the various areas of concentration, their requirements, and related careers.  Think about what you like/don’t like about each concentration.  You can access information about our concentrations on the ENSP webpage.
  • Bring any questions you may have about Study Abroad, internships, Minors, or anything else!
  • Finally, schedule your advising appointment with Ms. Angela Mazur-Gray


For students who HAVE declared their ENSP concentration: 

Once students declare their area of concentration, they are mentored and advised by a faculty member (or team of faculty and staff) from their concentration's sponsoring department (GEOG, ANTH, GVPT, etc).  These individuals are experts in their disciplines, who teach one or more of their classes, and grade their internship experiences.   By combining a strong program office with enthusiastic faculty advising, we hope to foster a "small college" atmosphere on a Research I university campus.


REMEMBER: Advising is a shared responsibility.

Read A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO EXCEPTIONAL ADVISING for strategies that can help you maximize your advising experience!

Advising and grade requirements

  • Advising is mandatory for ENSP students, regardless of GPA, credit level, or concentration.  You must visit your advisor at least once a semester; and you may visit as often as you like.
  • ENSP students are expected to enroll in MATH every semester until they complete concentration MATH requirements.  A strong foundation in MATH is required in entry-level Biology and Chemistry classes.
  • Students must earn a C- grade or higher in all courses, including Benchmarks, ENSP core courses, concentration requirements, and restricted electives.
  • To earn their degree, students must complete at least 120 credits; and earn a 2.0+ GPA in all courses required for the major, including ENSP Core courses, concentration requirements, and restricted electives.

Academic dates and deadlines

It is important to be current on academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.  Familiarize yourself with the UMD, College, and ENSP websites; and read listserv announcements; the information on them is there for YOU!

  • Academic Calendar (Office of the Provost):  lists important dates, including the first and last days of classes, final exams, and holidays
  • Academic Deadlines (Office of the Registrar):  includes information on the first day of classes, add/drop deadlines, applying for graduation, cancelling registration, etc.
  • The Office of Extended Studies handles calendars and deadlines regarding Winter and Summer Term registration

Remember:  Academic advising is a shared responsibility!  ENSP faculty and staff will guide you and present you with information and opportunities to help you succeed, but YOU must make the decisions and take the steps to make them happen.

Exceptions to policy

  • We want you to succeed! Please let us know ASAP if anything outside of school (illness, family emergency, or other extenuating circumstances) is affecting your academic performance. We probably can't solve the problem, but we can try to minimize its effects on your academic progress.  See guidelines under "Advising."
  • Please contact your assigned advisor or e-mail Angela ( ASAP to give us the most flexibility re: related academic policies, strategies or resources.
  • Review the process in your college for requesting an exception to policy and submit your request ASAP.

Permission is required...

Declaring your ENSP concentration

Students who have completed 40+ credits must develop a graduation plan for their intended ENSP upper-level concentration prior to registration for the following semester.  Incoming students (from other majors) who have more than 40 credits completed, must have a graduation plan in hand before they will be declared into ENSP.


  • Official University communication is sent to the address listed on TESTUDO. Establish your Terpmail account here.
  • Organize your e-mail by using "folders" or by using two accounts, one for "personal" use, one for "school."
  • Check your school account several times weekly.
  • We send the ENSP Advising News to the e-mail address you gave us at Orientation; if you would like us to change it, let us know.