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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


TRANSFER ADMISSION

Admission to the University of Maryland is competitive. Review the Statement of Philosophy  (www.admissions.umd.edu/requirements/AdmissionPhilosophy.php)  of Undergraduate Admissions and Admission. Review Factors  (www.admissions.umd.edu/requirements/AdmissionReviewFactors.php)  for more information regarding our admission process.  Admission is based on the overall strength of the student's academic performance and is assessed through a holistic review process as described in the Statement of Philosophy of Undergraduate Admissions.

In accordance with Maryland Higher Education Commission and Board of Regents  (www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhtml/13b/13b.06.01.02-1.htm)  transfer polices, certain applicants from Maryland public institutions are given special consideration and are admitted when space is available.

The Admission Committee considers the student's academic record and grades received in all college-level courses.  Students are expected to have completed English Composition (the equivalent of UMD's ENGL 101) and college level mathematics (the equivalent of UMD's MATH110 or above) for best consideration in the review process.

Students who graduate from high school and subsequently complete a minimum of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours during a regular term excluding summer school, at a regionally accredited college or university are considered transfer applicants.  Students who complete fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours are expected to submit high school records and SAT I and/or ACT scores for review.  When an applicant has attended more than one institution, a cumulative average for all previous college work attempted will be computed and included in the review process.  To be considered, course work must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.

Application Deadline Dates

Semester    Date
Spring Priority   August 1st
Spring   November 15th
Fall Priority         March 1st
Fall                   June 1st

Transfer from Maryland Public Institutions

Currently, applicants who have attended Maryland public institutions may be admitted in accordance with the criteria outlined in the previous paragraph.  The university subscribes to the policies set forth in the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and Board of Regents transfer policies. When the number of students desiring admission exceeds the number that can be accommodated in a particular professional or specialized program, admission will be based on criteria developed by the university to select the best qualified students.

Articulated transfer programs are available at each Maryland community college. An articulated transfer program is a list of courses that best prepare applicants for a particular course of study at the University of Maryland.  Applicants who take appropriate courses specified in the articulated program and earn acceptable grades are guaranteed transfer with no loss of credit.  Articulated transfer programs help students plan their new programs after changing career objectives.  More information about ARTSYS, the articulation system, is available online at http://artsys.usmd.edu .  Applicants are encouraged to follow articulated programs to enhance their transition to the University of Maryland.

Transfer of General Education Requirements from Maryland Public Institutions

As directed by the MHEC Transfer Policy, transferable courses taken in fulfillment of general education requirements at a Maryland public institution will be applied toward University of Maryland's general education requirements.  Careful planning with an academic advisor will ensure that students take appropriate credit and maximize their credit transfer.  The total number of general education credits for a Maryland public institution transfer or post baccalaureate credits will not exceed that required of native students.

Transfer Credit Policy - Maryland Higher Education Commission

Information regarding the MHEC Transfer Credit Policy can be found online at www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/subtitle_chapters/13B_Chapters.aspx .

General Transfer Information

Admitted students can obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation starting two weeks after the receipt of their admission letter. The preliminary evaluation can be reviewed via their University of Maryland unofficial transcript ( www.testudo.umd.edu/uotrans/ ).  An official review of transfer credit will occur automatically upon admission to the University.  It is important to know that the evaluation of transfer credit is an ongoing process that may continue through the student’s first semester.  An academic advisor will review and determine the applicability of the already evaluated courses during orientation.  It is possible that additional information, such as a detailed syllabus will be required to complete a course evaluation.  It is important for admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates.  Students are responsible for submitting all official final transcripts detailing their entire academic record prior to matriculation to the University of Maryland. Credit will post to a student’s University of Maryland record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credits were earned.

Generally, college level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions will transfer provided that grades of at least "C-" are earned and the course is similar in content, scope and level to courses offered at the University of Maryland.  The regional accrediting bodies are Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  The University of Maryland has direct transfer agreements with all Maryland community colleges.

The University will accept for transfer a maximum of 60 credits from a two-year institution or up to 90 credits from a four-year institution.  Regardless of the total number of transfer credits, students must complete at least their last 30 credits at the University of Maryland.  Credit is granted for courses for which a grade of “C-” or above is earned.  Transfer of coursework completed at Maryland public colleges and universities is covered by the MHEC transfer policy (see information under Transfer from Maryland Public Institutions).  The University of Maryland will accept grades of "D-" or above (as of Fall 2012) from appropriate coursework completed at a Maryland public institution.

Transfer Credit Services

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) provides information and assistance to academic advisors as they work with student transfer issues.  This service is a joint effort of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Registrar.  Students and advisors work together to decide how courses fit into a student’s individual program.  TCS provides information to the campus advising community on course equivalence, credit reports and articulation tables through its online course equivalency database at www.transfercredit.umd.edu/tclookup.html .  A course that is accepted for transfer to the University of Maryland will receive one of the following types of evaluations:  direct equivalency to a University of Maryland course, satisfying a general education requirement, or as a general elective.  For more information regarding transfer services, visit www.transfercredit.umd.edu .

PRIOR LEARNING CREDIT

The University of Maryland provides students with several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit for knowledge and achievements gained through non-traditional experiences. The University recognizes the following for awarding credit: Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate Exams (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level Exams (A-Level), Basic Military Training and Departmental Proficiency Exams (Credit-by-Exam). Once a student has matriculated to the University of Maryland, they are not permitted to go back and take AP, IB or A-Level exams for credit. Credits earned for all of the above, except for Credit-by-Exam are posted to the student’s record as transfer credit. Credit-by-Exam is considered resident credit (please refer to chapter 4 Registration, Academic Requirements and Regulations). Undergraduate students may earn a total of up to one-half of the credits required for their degree through Prior Learning Credit. Usually, this is no more than 60 credits. Students will not receive credit for both passing an examination and completing an equivalent course. 

Students should inform their advisor that they have received or anticipate receiving credit for AP, IB, CLEP, or A-Level exams.  This information may impact placement into courses required for their major.  If a student has already been awarded credit for one of these exams at another institution, this credit will be reevaluated by the University of Maryland.  The score received must be equivalent to the minimum score the University of Maryland accepted at the time the test was taken; otherwise, the credit will not be eligible for transfer. Exam credits that are accepted are recorded as transfer credit and will be included in the total number of credits earned.  However, it is up to the advising college to determine how the exam credits are applied to the student's degree requirements.  If a student has been awarded exam credit for an equivalent University of Maryland, College Park course in which they have also earned credit, the course from the exam will be marked on their record as being a repeated course and the credits will be removed from the total number of credits earned.

Effective July 16, 2013, the University of Maryland implemented a new policy to award active duty and former service members in the United States Armed Forces six credits of lower-level general elective credits.  The credits are awarded for the completion of basic physical fitness and basic military science as part of basic military training for the United States Armed Forces.

Information about Prior Learning Credit, including course equivalency charts, can be found online at www.transfercredit.umd.edu/plc.html . Questions should be directed to Transfer Credit Services at transfercredit@umd.edu .

Advanced Placement Credit (AP)

The University of Maryland encourages applicants to seek AP credit so that academically successful students may move forward in their programs at an appropriate pace.  However, credit is not awarded for all exams offered by the College Board. Credits are awarded based on departmental approval. Credit is awarded for minimum scores of 3 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalencies. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the University of Maryland from the College Board; the University’s code is 5814.

International Baccalaureate Exams (IB)

IB credit is awarded to students who have completed IB exams with a minimum grade of 5.  Credit is not awarded for all exams offered by IB and is based on departmental approval.  All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalencies. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the University of Maryland from the IB Program.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Information about CLEP can be found in Chapter 4 Registration, Academic Requirements and Regulations.

Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level)

The University of Maryland awards credit for A-Level Exams taken through Cambridge International Exams (CIE).  All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalencies.  Students are not permitted to earn credit for both Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level exams within the same subject areas.  Official scores must be sent by CIE to the University of Maryland.

Basic Military Training Credit

Students who are currently active duty or former service members in the United States Armed Forces are eligible to be awarded six credits of lower-level general elective credits.  The credits are awarded for the completion of basic physical fitness and basic military science as part of basic military training for the United States Armed Forces.  To qualify, students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the Fall 2013 semester or beyond, along with one of the following:

  • Currently serving as an active duty member in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Currently serving as a member of a reserve or National Guard branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Have been Honorably Discharged from service in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Have been Honorably Discharged from a reserve or National Guard branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Please see the Basic Military Training website at www.transfercredit.umd.edu/military.html for required documentation to request these credits.

Departmental Credit-by-Exam

Information about Credit-by-Exam can be found in Chapter 4 Registration, Academic Requirements and Regulations.

Other Non-Traditional Experience

There are some instances of non-traditional experiences for which the University of Maryland does not award credit.  These include, but are not limited to:  American Council on Education (ACE), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), departmental credit-by-exam from non-Maryland public institutions, life experiences, and Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI).

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