Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) or placement tests cannot be used toward the overall 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours. Students in the process of completing 12 college credits are encouraged to email us prior to submitting an application at ApplyMaryland@umd.edu, using the subject line "12 Credits In-Progress Transfer Applicant" for guidance on how to complete their application.
Submitting Your Application
Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by the appropriate deadline for consideration. You can track your application status and confirm receipt of application materials online through your StandOut Admissions Network account by visiting the Colleges section and reviewing your UMD checklist. It may take up to two weeks for recently submitted materials to be listed as received on your checklist and it is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials through StandOut Admissions Network. Visit our Submitting Documents page to learn how you can submit the items below for a completed application.
If you have non-U.S. academic records for post-secondary work, please review our international applicant requirements for instructions on how those records must be submitted and the required third-party evaluation of this coursework.
If you have a Joint Services Transcript, please review the veterans section of the Special Audiences page for information regarding transferrable credits.
1. Completed online application
For priority consideration for admission, merit-based scholarships and invitations to special programs, students should apply by the early action deadline. In the application, students will be asked to submit an essay. Please use our transfer student essay prompt to satisfy this requirement. Applications must be completed online and all additional application materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.
2. Nonrefundable application fee of $75
When completing your UMD application, you will be required to pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card at the time of application unless you have received a fee waiver. Fee waivers must be submitted prior to application completion for consideration. We cannot accept cash or check payments.
3. Official copy of your college transcripts
Each institution you've attended must submit an official copy of your college transcripts listing all courses you have attempted. A final official transcript from your current institution must be sent upon completion of any courses in progress.
All official transcripts are required by the application deadline. Applications that are not complete by the early action deadline will be considered for the regular application review. Generally, UMD accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions. UMD’s Transfer Credit Services will determine the acceptance of credit after the university extends an offer of admission.
If you have non-U.S. academic records for post-secondary work, please review our international applicant requirements as they might apply to you.
4. Official copy of your high school transcripts (if necessary)
If you have completed fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the time of application, your institution must submit an official copy of your high school transcripts listing all courses you have completed. All high school transcripts must be the most updated versions available. If you have previously submitted in-progress transcripts for a prior application, you must submit your final transcript by the appropriate deadline. AP/IB credits and placement tests cannot be used towards the overall 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. All official transcripts are required by the application deadline for review.
5. Official standardized test scores (optional)
In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 impacts on our prospective students, UMD has decided to extend its practice to make SAT and ACT scores optional through to the Spring and Fall 2025 application cycles. Additional information can be found on our Future Terps Updates page.
Students who would like to receive credit toward their degree for successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), A/AS level examinations, or certain other standard exams, must submit those official scores upon receiving an offer of admission.
6. Letter of recommendation (optional)
You may choose to submit a letter of recommendation with your application. Recommendations must be sent to us directly from the recommender, and they can be written by anyone of the applicant's choosing including teachers, counselors, coaches and mentors.
7. Activities and awards list or resume (optional)
Detail your efforts in the community, arts, leadership, athletics, family involvements, work experience and other extracurricular activities and hobbies in order of interest to you.
You can submit this information via your StandOut Admissions Network Profile Activities/Experience section or by uploading a separate document.
8. School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)
In addition to the above items, students seeking enrollment into the School of Music must submit the online application supplement and complete an audition. The application supplement and audition will be used to determine your eligibility for admission into the School of Music. It will not be used, however, in the review of your eligibility for admission to UMD.
If you are mailing any application materials, please send them to:
University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building, 7999 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742-5235, USA
Although application materials can be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via postal mail, we encourage and prefer the electronic submission of required documents as our office has shifted to an online work environment in keeping with guidance from health and state officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The University of Maryland has launched a new investment in need-based financial aid, the Terrapin Commitment program, which will provide up to $20 million annually for students from the state of Maryland.
The goal of the Terrapin Commitment program is to reduce the gap between a student’s total financial aid package and the cost of an education. The program will begin in January 2023 and ensures that tuition and fees are fully covered for Pell eligible, in-state students, who are enrolled full time and have unmet financial need. More details can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid's website.
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