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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Certain colleges, schools, and departments within the university have taken steps to limit enrollment in order to maintain quality programs. These include the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Robert H. Smith School of Business,  A. James Clark School of Engineering, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation, Department of Communication, Department of Criminology, Department of Government and Politics, Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Department of Psychology. LEP programs are continually reviewed. 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 for new freshmen to Limited Enrollment Programs is competitive. 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: Transfer students and on-campus 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 Limited Enrollment Programs may be found in the descriptions of academic majors in chapter 7.

Transfer students who are not directly admissible 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 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.

Pre-Professional Programs

While professional schools do not require, favor, or prefer specific majors, pre-professional advisors can provide guidance concerning the choice of major. Undecided students may enter Letters and Sciences, but must adhere to the University of Maryland policy, that students declare a degree-granting major by the time they reach 60 credits. See www.ltsc.umd.edu .

For further information on pre-professional programs, see "Other for Credit Programs" in Chapter 7, www.prelaw.umd.edu or www.prehealth.umd.edu .

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