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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


ADMISSION TO LIMITED ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS (LEP)

The university has taken steps to limit enrollment in certain majors in order to maintain high-quality programs. These majors include the architecture, business, engineering, journalism, biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental sciences and policy (biodiversity and conservation), communication, criminology and criminal justice, government and politics, psychology, and landscape architecture. Students should check the LEP website at www.lep.umd.edu or contact the Coordinator of Limited Enrollment Programs at 301-314-8385 for updated information. 

Freshmen: Admission of new freshmen to some LEPs is highly selective. LEPs with highly selective admission for freshmen include business, engineering, biological sciences, biochemistry, and chemistry. Because space may be limited for a particular major, early application is encouraged. Freshmen who are directly admitted to an LEP will be subject to a performance review when they complete 45 college credits. The review varies from program to program, but always includes satisfactory performance in a set of appropriate courses. Students not passing the review will be required to choose another major. See the academic program description for specific details. 

Freshmen not directly admitted to an LEP may be assigned to Letters and Sciences. Students are not guaranteed admission to an LEP at a later date, although they may gain admission by meeting the requirements outlined in their particular program by the time they complete 45 or 60 credits at Maryland. See the following section on LEP transfer admission and the LEP program descriptions for further details about this option. 

Transfers: Prospective transfer students and current UMD students wishing to change their major to an LEP must meet a set of gateway courses with minimum grades in order to be admitted to the program. Space is limited in each program, and the most qualified applicants will be admitted each semester. Additional information for each of the LEPs may be found in the descriptions of academic majors in Chapter 7.

Transfer students who are not directly admitted to an LEP upon application to the university will be assigned to an alternate program. Those with fewer than 60 credits will be assigned to Letters and Sciences, and will be allowed the opportunity to meet the gateway requirements by the time they complete 45 or 60 credits. Students with more than 60 credits will be admitted to an interim advising program in Letters and Sciences where they will be advised regarding their qualifications for the LEP and, in some cases, students will need to choose another major.

Second Major: Enrolled students interested in adding an LEP as a second major should see "Degree Requirements" in Chapter 4

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