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Counselor and Advisor Resources

We are grateful for all of the support high school counselors and college advisors provide our prospective Terps. We've compiled the following resources to assist in guiding your students through the application process.

To get you started, below are links to some of the most popular topics:

The additional resources listed below have been compiled specifically with the role of the counselor or advisor in mind. However, if the information you are looking for is not listed, please feel free to reach out to one of our Admission Representatives for assistance.

Students can apply to the University of Maryland (UMD) through the Common App or StandOut Admissions Network. At this time, transfer students can only apply using the StandOut Admissions Network. Each platform offers its own set of resources for students and student supports like you. We encourage you to explore these as you help your students.

Common App resources.

StandOut Admissions Network resources.

UMD follows the fee waiver criteria established by the application platform by which the applicant is applying. However, there is additional criteria that will be considered for waiving the application fee. To learn more please review our Fee Waivers page.

UMD offers an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable. Nearly 75 percent of UMD freshmen receive some form of financial aid, though it is important to note that international students are not eligible for financial aid. 

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which becomes available on October 1 of every year, in order to qualify for financial aid at UMD. We strongly encourage all students to submit their FAFSA by the UMD priority deadline of January 1. The University of Maryland, College Park school code is 002103. Review our FAFSA FAQs for additional information.

Students who hold or intend to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa to study in the United States must provide bank statements that demonstrate sufficient funds to cover these expenses. 

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The Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy promotes undergraduate student success by establishing a structured framework and criteria to guide all students to completion of an undergraduate degree within a reasonable period of time. The university has created 4-year plans and benchmarks for each academic major to keep students on track toward degree completion throughout their academic careers.

UMD's general education program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting and expansive range of courses. These courses will expand students’ program of study, challenge their preconceptions and broaden their worldview. Courses emphasize rigor, innovation and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to consider diversity in all its forms and to enhance their learning beyond the classroom, through study abroad, internships, research or other special experiences.

Letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors are required for freshman applicants and optional for transfer applicants. Review our Submitting Documents page for more details.

The Pre-Transfer Advising program provides support to prospective transfer students from two- and four-year schools before they apply to UMD. Students are encouraged to use pre-transfer advising services to assess their readiness to transfer and estimate their time to degree completion.

Transfer Credit Services facilitates the evaluation of credit for new students who have earned college credit from another institution or have successfully completed Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or A/AS level examinations. The Transfer Course Database can be used to look up transfer course equivalencies. Admitted students who have earned college credit in the U.S. may access their preliminary transfer credit evaluation online within three weeks of receiving their offer of admission. To ensure we have an updated record, admitted students should submit a final official transcript as soon as it becomes available. 


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You can only learn so much about a school from a brochure. Even if we tell you how beautiful our campus is, or how fantastic our students and faculty are, you will not know for yourself until you experience it for yourself!

Come try on our campus for size! Stop by one of our top-notch athletic facilities. Have a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Dairy. Rub the nose of one of our beloved Testudo statues for good luck. Get all your questions answered. It won't be hard to picture yourself at home here for the next four years. 

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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. 

COMMON APP >>   StandOut Admissions Network >>

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. 

ENROLL (Freshman)    ENROLL (Transfer)