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Maryland Transfer Advantage Program FAQs


Review these Frequently Asked Questions about MTAP before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

*For updates on the application process please visit the MTAP page.

Q. Who should consider the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program?

  • Students who intend to complete 30 credits or an associate’s degree at a participating community college after graduating from high school.
  • Students currently attending a participating community college who plan to transfer to the University of Maryland to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Spring admitted freshman
    • Students who are re-enrolling at the University of Maryland
    • Students currently enrolled at a four-year institution
    • Students who have been academically dismissed from the University of Maryland
    • Students who apply for MTAP and admission to the university at the same time
    • High School students who are dually enrolled at a community college

Q. What are the participating community colleges?

  • 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

Q. When should a student apply to the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program?

  • You are encouraged to apply to the program as soon as you are accepted to a participating community college, but you can apply by the deadline prior to your last semester. When available, you can find the application on the MTAP page. For more information on application deadlines please refer to the MTAP Participation Timeline table. Please note that you can transfer at a later time than indicated on the timeline.
  • You must participate in MTAP for a minimum of one semester before transferring. When you are ready to transfer to the University of Maryland as a degree seeking student, please complete the application for transfer admission by the appropriate priority deadline.

Q. How do students apply to the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program?

  • Complete and submit the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program online application. 
  • MTAP applications must be submitted no later than the application deadline of June 1 or November 15. Students applying after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Once your application is submitted, your community college will be informed and the community college will submit your academic transcript or enrollment verification form. After your transcripts or enrollment verification form are received, your MTAP application will be complete and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review your application.

Q. How will an applicant for MTAP be informed regarding their acceptance into the program?

  • Students will receive an MTAP admission decision email within 4-6 weeks after the MTAP application deadline. MTAP emails will be sent directly to the email provided on the MTAP application.
  • If you are accepted to participate in MTAP, you will receive a newsletter each semester with deadline reminder and important information about the University of Maryland.

Q. What is the best way to get in touch with someone from MTAP?

Mail:  

University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building
7999 Regents Dr.
College Park, MD 20742-5235, USA

Email:

 mtap@umd.edu

Fax:

 301-314-9693

Q. How does an MTAP student enroll in a University of Maryland course while attending their community college?

  • Once you are enrolled at your community college and have been accepted into MTAP, you are eligible to submit a Course Interest Survey to register for a UMD course.
  • Refer to the University of Maryland Schedule of Classes to choose possible courses. Registration for a particular course will be according to seat availability. To register for a course, you must have completed the required prerequisites. Please note that some courses are restricted to students in Limited Enrollment Programs or to Maryland students in particular majors.
  • Complete the Course Interest Survey before the scheduled deadlines, meet with your community college advisor to discuss your course selection, and ask the advisor to complete and sign the form. Attached to the Course Interest Survey is a required Residency Form that will determine your residency for tuition purposes.
  • Once the Course Interest Survey is completed entirely, you will need to submit the form to the University of Maryland’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions via mail, email or fax. You will be contacted via email regarding the status of your course interest survey form.
  • Please note: All courses completed while in the MTAP program will count toward your overall cumulative credits and GPA when applying to transfer to the university. Once an MTAP participant transfers to the university, the 25% tuition scholarship no longer applies to tuition.

Q. How does a student complete the MTAP requirements? 

  • Students must participate in MTAP for a minimum of one semester before transferring to UMD and not matriculate to any other institution of higher education after MTAP acceptance. 
  • Complete 30 college credit hours or earn an associate’s degree from a MTAP partner community college
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a B average from all previous institutions attended
  • Complete Fundamental Studies Academic English and Mathematics. 

Please note: AP/IB credits or credits from another institution may count towards the fundamental English (only English Composition) and Math requirements. The original AP test scores must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from College Board and/or IB from International Baccalaureate.

Q. If I have AP/IB credits, or credits from another institution, may I use them towards my MTAP completion requirements or UMD transfer application requirements?

  • No, AB/IB credits earned will not count towards the 30 credits required for MTAP completion or the transfer application. If any of the 30 credits for the transfer application were completed from an AP/IB exam, that student will need to send their high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores to the University of Maryland by the priority deadline in order to have a complete application. If all 30 credits were completed at the community college then no high school transcript or SAT/ACT scores will be needed.
  • Credits earned at another two- or four-year institution can be used to meet the MTAP and UMD transfer application requirements, as long as the last 15 credits are completed at one of the seven participating community colleges. 

Q. How does a student gain admission to the University of Maryland?

  • Submit the University of Maryland transfer application by the priority deadline. On the application, please indicate your participation in MTAP. 
  • MTAP participants do not receive special consideration for acceptance into Limited Enrollment Programs or any specific major. 
  • MTAP students are not guaranteed admission at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus. Students who wish to participate in their Terp Transfer Partnership must reach out to Director of Transfer Access Programs, Justin Edgar.

Q. When should an MTAP participant transfer to the University of Maryland?

  • You should submit the transfer application by the priority deadline, following the semester in which you will complete the MTAP requirements. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, you are guaranteed admission to the University of Maryland. 
  • At a minimum, you must participate in the program for one semester for all benefits to apply. For information regarding transfer to the University of Maryland, please refer to the University of Maryland Transfer Application Checklist.
  • If you have questions about the admission process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q. What if I miss the priority deadline?

  • The priority deadline for MTAP students is strongly encouraged, and space is limited for those who submit an application after the priority deadline.
  • All MTAP participants who have completed international coursework must complete their application by the priority deadline.
  • If you are an MTAP participant and you are an international student, please refer to the requirements for transfer admissions.

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