Maryland Transfer Advantage Program

Students who participate in MTAP are guaranteed admission to the University of Maryland upon successful completion of the program and submission of a transfer application to the university by the priority deadline.

The Spring 2017 application for the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program is now closed. For those who applied, decisions will be released by mid-December regarding participation in MTAP for Spring 2017.

The Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) provides a pathway for students at participating community college to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland (UMD). Students participate in MTAP while taking courses at their community college before officially transferring to UMD.

Participating community colleges include: Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County, Frederick Community College, Montgomery College, Prince George’s Community College.

MTAP Eligibility

To be eligible for MTAP, students should have graduated from high school and must be enrolled at one of the program’s seven partner community colleges. Students may apply from the time they are admitted to community college until the MTAP deadline prior to their last semester. Students applying after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Incoming freshmen who have been admitted to UMD for the spring semester are not eligible to apply to MTAP.

Students should complete the online MTAP Application by the following deadlines:

MTAP Application Timeline
MTAP Application Deadline Semester in which you can take a UMD course: Must complete at least 15 credits at a community college and all MTAP requirements by: Plan to transfer to UMD in:
June 1, 2016 * Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 Fall 2016 Spring (Jan.) 2017
Nov. 15, 2016 Winter 2017 or Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall (Aug.) 2017
June 1, 2017 Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 Fall 2017 Spring (Jan.) 2018

*All students admitted from the June 1 deadline are eligible to take a course at the University of Maryland for Summer Session II if course interest surveys are submitted by June 15.

You must participate in MTAP for a minimum of one semester before transferring to Maryland. When you are ready to transfer to Maryland as a degree-seeking student, please complete the application for transfer admission by the appropriate priority deadline. Incoming freshmen who have been admitted to the University of Maryland for the spring semester are not eligible to apply to MTAP.

Once your application is submitted, your community college will be informed and the community college will submit your academic transcript or enrollment verification form. Once these items are received, your MTAP application will be complete and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review your application.

Students are notified via email of their MTAP admission decision 4-6 weeks after the application deadline, contingent upon the enrollment verification provided by the community college. Welcome emails will be sent to admitted MTAP participants using the email provided in the application.

Taking UMD courses through MTAP

Once admitted to the program, MTAP students will have access to transfer advising resources and can take UMD courses at a 25% reduced tuition rate until they officially transfer to the university. With the payment of fees, participants can access all services and benefits available to UMD students including a UMD student ID and access to the library system, athletic events, Shuttle–UM buses, the Campus Recreation Center, the Stamp Student Union and the University Health Center and reduced ticket prices for events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

After students are accepted into MTAP, they are eligible to enroll in a course at UMD. In order to register for a course, the student has to complete and submit a Course Interest Survey for concurrent enrollment by the deadline indicated at the top of the form. Students should review the Schedule of Classes to choose possible courses and submit their completed Course Interest Survey via one of the methods below.

If the course interest survey is received by the appropriate deadline, students will be registered for their MTAP course at the reduced tuition rate. Students are unable to register themselves for MTAP courses. Doing so will result in being dropped from classes and possible financial penalties. All courses count toward a student’s overall academic performance once they transfer to Maryland. Students can submit their Course Interest Survey via email to

Course Interest Survey Deadlines
Fall Semester Winter Term Spring Semester Summer Session
August 1st October 23rd January 2nd April 2nd

MTAP Completion Requirements & Transfer to UMD

To complete the program requirements and successfully transfer to Maryland, students should work closely with their community college counselor to meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Complete the Maryland transfer application by the priority application deadline during the semester in which you’ll complete the MTAP requirements
  • Complete 30 college credit hours or earn an associate’s degree from a MTAP partner community college
  • Complete Fundamental Studies Academic Writing and Mathematics
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a "B" average from all previous institutions attended

Students must participate in MTAP at least one semester in order to receive guaranteed transfer admission to UMD.

Students may use AP/IB credits towards the 30 credits needed for successful transfer to Maryland as long as the last 15 credits are completed at a participating MTAP community college. Original AP/IB test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally, credits earned at another two- or four-year institution before transferring to a participating MTAP community college can be used to meet the MTAP requirements. Any of these previously-earned credits may count towards the fundamental English (only English Composition) and Math requirement required for MTAP completion.

The Articulation system for Maryland Colleges and University (ARTSYS) and Transfer Credit Services website provide information on how courses from any Maryland college or university will transfer to UMD.


Mail: University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building
7999 Regents Dr.
College Park, MD 20742-5235, USA
Fax: 301-314-9693
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