Go to content

Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


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. When the number of students desiring admission exceeds the number that can be accommodated at this institution, or in a particular professional or specialized program, admission will be based on the overall strength of the student's academic performance.

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 UM's ENGL 101) and college level mathematics (the equivalent of UM's Math 110 or above).

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. To be considered, course work must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.

Application Dates

Semester    Date

Spring Priority  

Spring            

 

August 1 

November 15

Fall Priority         March 1
Fall                     June 1

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 artweb.usmd.edu ( http://artweb.usmd.edu/ ). Applicants can eliminate all doubt concerning transfer of courses by following articulated programs.

General Transfer Information
Admitted students will receive a preliminary review of transfer credit within two weeks after receiving the letter of admission. An official review of transfer credit occurs thereafter, with final determination of applicability made by an academic advisor/evaluator in the office of the appropriate dean for the major. 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 and scope to work offered at 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. Up to 60 credits from a community or two-year college, or 90 credits from a four-year college, may be applied toward the degree. Regardless of the total number of transfer credits, students must complete at least their last 30 credits at the University of Maryland, College Park. Normally these 30 credits will be the final 30 credits counted toward the degree. However, credits from University-approved study abroad and internship programs, and a maximum of six credits that are not part of such programs, may be included in the final 30 if approved in advance by the dean of the academic unit from which the student expects to receive the degree.

Transfer of course work completed at Maryland public colleges and universities is covered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) transfer policies (see complete text later in this section). Maryland will accept grades of "D-" (as of Fall 2012) or better from appropriate course work completed at a regionally-accredited Maryland public institution.

The Transfer Credit Center provides articulation information and assistance to students and transfer advisors. The Center, a joint effort between the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Registrar, has computerized and consolidated the transfer credit evaluation process. It provides incoming students from domestic institutions with information on acceptability of credits and transfer equivalencies, subject to adjustment by advisors within the student's individual program. Certain courses (e.g., those not appearing or not fully elaborated in the sending institution's current catalog) may require additional information such as syllabi, portfolios, etc., before evaluation.

Information on transferability of specific courses to the University of Maryland, College Park may be accessed on the web at www.tce.umd.edu/TCE .

Each college-level course will be evaluated individually, with applicability toward major or general education requirements determined by the appropriate academic unit. The university does not transfer blocks of courses, such as those completed through the Associate's Degree. See "Departments, Majors and Programs" for specific general education and major requirements.

Credit will be posted to your Maryland record only from official transcripts sent from the institution at which the credit was completed. Students who have earned credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject area exams must have scores sent directly from the testing board, even if they are already posted on a transcript from another institution.

SOURCE  ACCEPT CREDITS? EQUIVALENT OR REQUIRED CREDITS GRADES/SCORES WHERE APPROPRIATE
Note: Some transfer credit policies are under review.  Please call Undergraduate Admissions for current information.
ACE Non Collegiate Courses No
Advanced Placement Program (CEEB) Yes E or R1 3 or higher (see chart in  Chapter 1)
CLEP Yes E or R1 See chart in Chapter 4
Community College of the Air Force Yes E or R1 C- or higher equivalent grade as appropriate to dept.
Correspondence courses No
Dantes No
Defense Yes
Language Institute
E or R1 Scores as appropriate to department
Departmental exams from other colleges Yes  E or R1 C- or higher
International Baccalaureate Yes  E or R1 5 or higher (see chart in Chapter 1)
Life experience No, unless validated through CLEP or University of Maryland, College Park departmental exam
Military credit No
Nursing school courses: by transfer/by challenge exam No2
Other articulation agreements (propriety schools, public agencies, etc.) No, unless a newly-formed Maryland public institution operating under auspices of MHEC
PONSI non-collegiate work No
Portfolio credits from other colleges No

1. Courses must be similar in depth and scope to University of Maryland courses.  Applicability is determined by the appropriate dean.
2. Professional courses are generally not transferable.  Course taken at a regionally-accredited institution may be reviewed by the appropriate dean.

Statement on Transfer of Course Credit
The University of Maryland welcomes transfer students and has transfer agreements (sometimes referred to as "articulation" agreements) to encourage and aid students in their efforts to take appropriate courses prior to transfer. Each course is evaluated individually for students seeking to transfer to the University of Maryland. Credit is granted for courses that are applicable to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and for which a grade of "C-" or above was earned. Courses completed at Maryland public two- or four-year institutions may be transferred with grades of "D-" (as of Fall 2012) or above provided that course content is appropriate to our academic programs.

Maximum Number of Transfer Credits Accepted
The University of Maryland has direct transfer agreements with all Maryland community colleges, as well as other junior and community colleges outside of the state. The university will accept for transfer a maximum of 60 credits from a two-year program or 90 credits from a four-year program for courses in which a grade of "C-" (as of Fall 2012) or above was earned and which are appropriate to an approved curriculum at this institution.

Maximum Number of Credits Allowed for Non-Traditional Learning
Students who have acquired college-level learning through work or other non-collegiate activities may wish to translate their experience into credits at Maryland by validation through the national CLEP examination (College-Level Examination Program) or credit-by-examination administered by academic departments. The university will accept a maximum of 30 hours of credit through examination.

Minimum Number of Credits Required Through Classroom Instruction in the Major Field and for the Degree
The University of Maryland requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit for an undergraduate degree; some programs require more. Regardless of the total number of transfer credits, students must complete at least their last 30 credits at the University of Maryland, College Park. Normally these 30 credits will be the final 30 credits counted toward the degree. However, credits from University-approved study abroad and internship programs, and a maximum of six credits that are not part of such programs, may be included in the final 30 if approved in advance by the dean of the academic unit from which the student expects to receive the degree.

Statement on Transfer of General Education Requirements
As directed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (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 (Title 13B)
 

Return to top