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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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 ENGL101) 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




Spring Priority


August 1st



November 15th

Fall Priority      


March 1st



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 public 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 Policy (13B.06.01.04), 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.

A student transferring from a Maryland public community college with an associate’s degree has completed general education at the University of Maryland, except for any upper-level requirements and the number of credits required to complete general education (40 credits for GenEd or 43 credits for CORE). A transcript from the transfer institution must be received by the University of Maryland displaying the associate’s degree was awarded. A student who has completed the general education program at a Maryland public four-year institution has completed general education at the University of Maryland. The transfer institution must provide documentation on or with the student’s transcript stating the student has complete the general education program. 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 ( 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. For courses that have not previously been evaluated or state NS (Needs Syllabus), the student should request the course be evaluated by following the steps for the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process ( www.transfercredit.umd.edu/tceval.html ). It is likely that the student will need to provide additional information, such as a detailed syllabus to complete a transfer course evaluation. The evaluation of transfer credit is an ongoing process that may continue through the student’s first semester at the University of Maryland.

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.

An academic advisor in the student’s advising college will review and determine the applicability of the already evaluated courses during orientation. It is important for admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates and to consult with their advisor when updates occur.

Generally, college-level academic courses completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher learning in the United State or recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education are acceptable and awarded transfer credit provided a grade of "C-" (as of Fall 2012) or higher is earned and the course is similar in content, level, scope and learning outcomes 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 title of courses accepted for transfer credit will be noted on the student’s official record; however, the grade will not. Grades from transferred courses are not included in the University of Maryland, grade point average calculation.

The University of Maryland requires a minimum of 120 semester hours have been earned to award a baccalaureate degree. In general, the maximum number of transfer credits applicable toward degree requirements at the University of Maryland is as follows:

  • No more than 60 transfer credits may be applied toward degree requirements from a 2-year institution.
  • No more than 90 transfer credits may be applied toward degree requirements from:

a)      a 4-year institution or any combination of 4-year institutions.

b)      a combination of 2-year institutions, 4-year institutions and prior learning credits.

Regardless of the total number of semester hours required for a degree program, all candidates for undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence at the University.

For more information about transfer credit acceptability and applicability, please see the Transfer Credit section of Chapter 4 – Registration, Academic Requirements, and Regulations. 

Transfer Credit Services

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) is a joint effort of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Registrar. They oversee course subject matter to determine the acceptability and the awarding of transfer credit for the University; and, consults with the academic departments for course clarifications and guidance. This review is based on comparison of the transfer course to courses offered for degree programs at the University of Maryland. 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,
  • no direct equivalency, but satisfies general education requirement, or
  • no direct equivalency, but is accepted as a general elective.

TCS also 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 . For more information regarding Transfer Credit Services, visit www.transfercredit.umd.edu .


The University of Maryland provides students with several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit for knowledge and achievements gained through prior earning and non-traditional experiences. Typically, the University recognizes the following for awarding Prior Learning Credit (PLC): Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate Exams (IB), Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level Exams (A-Level/AS-Level), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), 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 the above PLC, except for Credit-by-Exam are posted to the student’s record as transfer credit. Credit-by-Exam is considered resident credit. 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.

For more information about Prior Learning Credit, please see Chapter 4 – Prior Learning Credit – AP, IB, A-Level/AS-Level, CLEP, Credit-by-Exam, Basic Military Training. 

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