OFFICE OF EXTENDED STUDIES (Summer Term, Winter Term, Freshmen Connection, Freshmen First, Pre-College Programs, Professional Programs, Continuing Education Programs)
Appendix D: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY AND PROCEDURES ON THE DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS III-6.30(A)
Appendix J: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PROCEDURES FOR REVIEW OF ALLEGED ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS GRADING--UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS III-1.20(B)
Appendix M: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY ON THE COLLECTION, USE AND PROTECTION OF ID NUMBERS VI-26.00(A)
Appendix O: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY ON PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE ACTION IN MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT V-1.00(J)
The University of Maryland is a publicly funded land grant institution and the flagship of the University System of Maryland. The university's Mission Statement expresses a commitment to achieving excellence as the state's primary center for research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise. Consistent with this m
The undergraduate admission process, which reflects the university's educational m
1. Meet the university's requirements for academic success.
As the university must make fine distinctions among large numbers of highly qualified applicants, the ability to assess consistently all information presented in the application becomes increasingly important. Therefore, the university employs a rigorous review process that engages the expertise of professional educators in performing individualized and holistic evaluations of each application. Each applicant is assessed on the basis of achievements and potential in a broad range of academic categories, viewed in the context of the opportunities and challenges the applicant has faced.
These categories include:
1. Strength of educational performance, as measured by the nature and rigor of high school curriculum and academic achievements.
The undergraduate application and supporting documents may be completed and submitted online via the web at www.admissions.umd.edu .
The University of Maryland strongly encourages all applicants to apply by our November 1st priority application deadline to assure best consideration for admission, merit scholarships, and invitation to the Honors College, College Park Scholars and other living and learning programs. Admission to the
Applying by the November 1st priority deadline is encouraged. For updated deadline information, please visit our undergraduate admissions website .
Students may be admitted for the spring semester by applying directly for spring admission or by having their fall application identified for spring admission through the application review process (as a result of space limitations). A completed application includes an application form, official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, essays and activities, school counselor and teacher recommendations and the application fee.
Applying by the priority deadline is encouraged. For updated deadline information, please visit our undergraduate admissions website .
Freshman Admission Deadlines:
Priority deadline: November 1st
Regular deadline: January 20th
Financial Aid Applications
The priority deadline for Financial Aid is February 15th. Students seeking financial assistance should complete the FAFSA before receiving their letter of admission. More information is available about Financial Aid in Chapter 2 .
Concurrent Enrollment: Talented high school seniors have the opportunity to enroll at the University of Maryland for two courses, or seven credits, each semester. Successful applicants will have pursued a rigorous high school program and will have indicated exceptional performance and ability achieved over time. To apply, students must submit: the completed application and fee; high school transcript; an essay explaining why they are interested in the program; a letter of recommendation from the high school; and a letter of permission from the parents or guardian. Students must live within commuting distance. Tuition is assessed on a per-credit-hour basis. All mandatory fees apply in full.
Summer Enrollment: High school students with a strong high school record may be considered for enrollment in courses during the summer preceding their junior or senior year. They must file an application for admission, and submit an official high school transcript. Tuition is assessed on a per-credit-hour basis. All mandatory fees apply in full. For more information, students should visit the Office of Extended Studies – www.oes.umd.edu .
High School Equivalency Examination (GED)
Maryland residents who are at least 16 years of age and who have not received a high school diploma may be considered for admission provided they have earned the high school General Education Equivalency (GED) certificate. In order to be considered for admission, the applicant must submit a completed application (including SAT scores if the applicant has been out of high school for less than three years) and present an above average total score as well as above average scores on each of the five parts of the test.
Non-Accredited/Non-Approved High School
Students from non-accredited/non-approved high schools who seek admission to the
Home-schooled applicants should meet the same minimum high school course requirements expected of all applicants. Additional information from home-schooled students is required in the following areas of the application:
Transcript: should provide course descriptions, books used, methods of evaluation, and the grades received, as well as a statement providing general information about the home-school curriculum. If college-level courses have been taken simultaneously, an official college transcript should be included with the application.
Letters of Recommendation: the University of Maryland requires two recommendations from all freshman applicants. In the case of home-schooled students these recommendations should be provided by 1) an individual acting in a supervisory or evaluative capacity with regard to the student's curriculum, and 2) from a teacher in any setting (home-school program, community college course, etc.).
College Level Examination Credit
The University of Maryland awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level) exams when an appropriate score has been achieved. It is important to note that not all exams are awarded credit. All departments reserve the right to re-evaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalencies. There are other types of college level exams that may be awarded credit on a case-by-case basis. These include Caribbean Advance Proficiency Exam (CAPE), or Abitur. For additional information on the transferability of these exams, please see Prior Learning Credit later in Chapter 1 Transfer Admission section.