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Freshman Applicant Requirements

Want to be part of University of Maryland's (UMD) next class of talented, diverse and interesting students? Creating just that kind of class is the goal of our Admission Committee.

If you are a high school student or a student with fewer than 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of university-level credit beyond secondary school, you should apply as a freshman applicant.

You are strongly encouraged to apply by the early action deadline to receive priority consideration for admission to the university, merit-based scholarships and invitations to special programs. By applying for admission to the fall semester, you will also be automatically considered for admission to the spring semester. Freshman profile information can be found on our About UMD page. 

As prescribed by the Board of Regents, the university expects you, at a minimum, to have completed the following coursework by high school graduation:

  • Four years of English,
  • Four years of math, including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
    • If you complete Algebra II prior to your final year, you must complete the four-year mathematics requirement by taking a course that utilizes non-trivial algebra. Examples of courses meeting this requirement include Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus (and successor courses), Statistics and College Algebra.
  • Three years of history or social science,
  • Three years of science in at least two different areas (with at least two lab experiences), and
  • Two years of foreign language.

The most competitive applicants exceed these minimum requirements, earning a strong A-/B+ or better average in their high school coursework while taking several honors and/or Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses and additional academic electives. Be sure to review our application checklist for a list of all required materials for a complete application.

The Admission Committee considers 26 unique factors as part of our holistic review. This process considers all aspects of each applicant’s qualifications and offers admission to the most competitive applicants in order to build a vibrant class of first-year students. When a decision is available, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send an email to the applicant notifying them that their admission decision can be viewed online. Information on financial aid and merit scholarships will be released at a later date.

Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. All materials must be received or postmarked by the appropriate deadline for consideration. It may take up to 10 business days for documents to be matched to your application and the status of your application to be updated. It is your responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials.


When you apply to UMD, your preferred major is not considered in whether or not you are admissible to the university. You cannot indicate double-major preferences or minors at the time of applying. However, after you are admitted, you can work with the academic advisor in your college to declare these preferences.

Certain majors are very popular and require a limit on the number of students they can accommodate. These majors are known as Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Admitted students who selected an LEP as their major are then reviewed by the specific program to determine admission to that major.

While the majority of students are admitted to their preferred major, some LEP applicants may not be. If you are admitted to UMD but not your preferred LEP major, you will be placed in Letters & Sciences, where you'll work with an advisor to meet the gateway requirements to earn admission to that major. If you are admitted to UMD and did not select an LEP major, you will be admitted directly to the major indicated on your application. The major you are placed in will be included in your admission decision letter. 

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You've done your research and explored your options, and you know that UMD is the perfect place for you. Now it's time to apply. 

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Freshman applicants can apply using either the Common App or StandOut Admissions Network platforms. At this time, transfer applicants can only apply using StandOut Admissions Network.


Consistently ranked as one of the best values in public higher education, you can rest assured that you will receive an affordable world-class education.

College is a major investment for you and your family. The university is here to help. We offer an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable.


State of Maryland Residents   Non-Maryland Residents

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.


Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! We are excited to welcome you into our world of fearless ideas.

You’ve received your admission letter, checked out your major and started celebrating with family and friends. To make enrollment official, check out information for newly admitted students to get everything you need to start your academic career at UMD. 

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