Declare Your Major

It is collegiate policy that students either declare a major or file a Plan for Major Declaration  form once they have reached 45 or more semester credits. This includes both completed and in-progress credits. 

The intent of the OT hold is not to force students to declare a major but rather to spur meaningful discussion between the student and advisor and to encourage students to actively explore majors and careers. 

When viewing your holds online, undeclared students will see this hold listed as “OT - Declare Major.” In order to have the hold released, you must EITHER declare your major or file a Plan for Major Declaration form. The OT hold will prevent you from registering for next semester. 

The processes for declaring a major is explained on the How to declare a major page. 

Undecided about Major Choice If you are “undecided” about your major, then it is critical for you take an active role in exploring your interests, your skills, and potential careers. A number of campus resources exist to help you with this process, including the Advising Office, and/or Career & Internship Services, 22 Solon Campus Center. If you are unable to select a major prior to next semester’s registration timeframe, you will be required to submit a Plan for Major Declaration form to the Advising office. The OT hold will be temporarily released for one semester only. 

Unable to Declare due to admissibility issue or other reason If for any reason you are unable to declare your major by the noted deadline, you will be required to submit a Plan for Major Declaration form in order to have the “Declare Major” hold released for registration. The OT hold will be released for one semester only. 

The Plan for Major Declaration form requires a description of your plan for declaring a major. It also requires that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your plan. The advisor’s signature must be included on the form when it is submitted to the Advising office. 

Questions or concerns about your status within the college or your degree progress should be directed to our Advising office or schedule an appointment.

 Academic Advisement

Your advisor can help you choose classes that are appropriate for your student status, meet core requirements, represent a balanced academic scope, and expose you to possible majors. This hold is placed on many UMD first year student accounts during the first semester in order to help assist with second-semester registration needs and requirements. Please set up an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss how to remove this hold.

Students in the Fine Arts fields (Art & Design, Music, and Theatre) are required to meet with their assigned faculty advisors at least once each semester in the weeks leading up to registration, in order to discuss course selection, degree progress, and career options. Once you have your advisor meeting, your department will release this registration hold. 


WHY do I have this hold? You are approaching senior status (approximately 90 credits) (includes in-progress and transfer credits). To support timely graduation, students must complete the Benchmark.

HOW do I get rid of the hold so I can register?

1.) Declare all majors/minors you plan on completing prior to graduation. If you are unable to declare a major/minor for some reason, please note this on your submitted form and include your plans for declaration.

2.) File any paperwork for the following:

  1. Course substitutions
  2. Course or credit waivers
  3. Transfer credit evaluation

3.) Grad Plan: Create or update your Graduation Plan and tentatively plan all remaining degree requirements. Courses need to be planned in sequential order.

4.) Complete and submit the Benchmark Form to our Advising office. 

5.) An academic advisor will review your online Grad Plan. If the plan is complete, your hold will be removed within 3-5 business days. If there are problems with your Grad Plan, the removal of the hold will be delayed.

Note: Submission of your tentative Grad Plan is required, but it does not guarantee plan accuracy or plan approval. In order to assure programmatic accuracy, meet with your adviser regularly, and continue to update your plan.