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SA – Student Administration

SA (which stands for Student Administration) is the software that UMBC uses to register students for classes and track their progress. As an instructor, you will use SA to find out logistical information about your class such as your roster, where and when the class meets, and what requirements the course fulfills.

The SA homepage offers extensive How-To’s on all kinds of important topics.

A word of caution: The How-To’s include topics such as “Granting Permission” and “Granting Exceptions.” These topics are useful if you need to over-enroll a student or allow a student to enroll without prerequisites. However, your department may already have policies on these issues. It is strongly recommended that you check with your department before over-enrolling or enrolling a student without a prerequisite.

Below are SA basics for getting you started.

Roster

SA provides you with the most up-to-date and accurate roster for your class. While you can get a sense of who is in your class from looking at the roster on Blackboard, Bb does not drop students from the list when they drop the course; the instructor must do this manually. SA does add and drop students because SA is the software that students use to register, add, drop and swap classes. It is therefore the best policy to get your roster from SA. Doing so is easy:

  1. Log in to myUMBC,
  2. Mouse over “Topics” and choose “Faculty Center” from the drop down menu.
  3. Click on “Teaching Schedule.”
  4. Verify that you are looking at the correct term. (If you are not, click “Change Term” and select the correct one.)
  5. Click on the Class Roster icon.

myUMBC  –> Topics –> “Faculty Center” –> “Teaching Schedule” –> Class Roster icon

Click here for Troubleshooting.

Where and When is Class?

The time and location of your class is available under “Teaching Schedule.” To access it:

  1. Log in to myUMBC.
  2. Mouse over “Topics” and choose “Faculty Center” from the drop down menu.
  3. Click on “Teaching Schedule.”
  4. Verify that you are looking at the correct term. (If you are not, click “Change Term” and select the correct one.)

This information can also be found simply by searching the general schedule of classes.

  1. Log into myUMBC.
  2. Mouse over “Topics” and choose “Classes and Grades.”
  3. From the starred options at the top, choose “Schedule of Classes.”
  4. You will be taking to a search screen for the general schedule of classes.
  5. From here you can search for your own or any other course.
  6. You will only be able to see the basic information from the schedule of class.

See the Campus Map to locate your building.

What Requirement(s) Does the Course Fulfill?

Some courses fulfill University requirements. You can find out by going into your “Teaching Schedule” or the general “Schedule of Classes.”

  1. Locate the course you are interested in.
  2. Click on the class link next to the word “Section” e.g 01-LEC (4xxx)
  3. Scroll down to “Enrollment” and look for “Class Attributes” (e.g GEP, AA, SL, WI). “Class Attributes” are codes describing what requirements a course fulfills.

Knowing if a course fulfills a requirement is only half the story. You also need to know the University’s expectations regarding that requirement. For a thorough description, see the General Education Requirements (scroll down for Class Attributes codes).