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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


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 (Fundamental Studies Math or higher) 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 Credit

For more information on receiving transfer credit at the University of Maryland, please see the Transfer Credit section in Chapter 4.

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