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Limited Enrollment Programs


Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) have specific gateway requirements for admission and determine their enrollments on a space-available basis.

Several majors at Maryland, known as Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP), have limited space and, therefore, have more competitive admission criteria beyond the university’s general requirements. These majors include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP): Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Government and Politics
  • Journalism
  • Psychology

Prospective Maryland students should indicate their preferred major when completing their online application for admission. However, your preferred major does not affect your admissibility to the university. 

Admitted students who selected a Limited Enrollment Program as their major are 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. Students who are admitted to Maryland but not their preferred LEP major are placed in Letters & Sciences, where they will work with an advisor to meet the gateway requirements to earn admission to that major. Admitted students who did not select an LEP major are admitted directly to the major indicated on their application. All major decisions are included in the applicant's admission decision letter. 

Current UMD students, or internal transfers, who would like to change their major to a Limited Enrollment Program must apply to do so. 

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