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International Application Checklist

Students with non-U.S. academic records and/or are non U.S. citizens or non permanent U.S. residents (those who hold or intend to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa to study in the United States) should apply as international applicants. 

Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. All materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline for consideration. Please note that it may take up to five days after submission for you to be able to view the status of your application and any submitted documents online. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials. Visit our Submitting Application Documents page to learn how you can submit the items below for a completed application.

You do not need to submit your visacertification of finances and other supporting international documents for a completed application; however, you will need to submit them if you are admitted to the university.

1. Completed online application

For best consideration for admission, merit-based scholarships, and invitations to special programs, students should apply by the Priority Deadline. In the application, students will be asked to answer one of five essay prompts, which can be reviewed in advance here. Applications must be completed online, and all additional application materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

2. Nonrefundable application fee of $75

When completing your University of Maryland Coalition application, you will be required to pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card at the time of application unless you have received a fee waiver. Fee waivers must be submitted prior to application completion for consideration. We cannot accept cash or check payments. 

3. Two letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for a completed application: one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. Recommendations must be sent to us directly from the recommender.

4. Official copy of your high school transcripts

Your institution must submit an official copy of your high school transcripts listing all courses you have completed from all schools attended. Where appropriate, include official results and certificates of completion from national secondary school examinations such as GCSE/GCE, CBSE national and regional, CXC/CSEC and WAEC. Transcripts must be sent in the native language along with a certified English translation.

5. Official copy of your college transcripts (if necessary)

If you have completed any collegiate coursework, your institution should submit an official copy of your college transcripts listing all courses you have completed. Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation.

  • Beginning with the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, the University of Maryland will require students to submit a third party academic evaluation for post-secondary/university credentials using either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A). ​Evaluations must be received by the appropriate application deadline.
    • Please submit the course-by-course evaluation along with your original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), if applicable. As well as your grade point average calculation and upper division course designations. If your evaluation is being completed by JS&A, upper division course designations must be submitted for students with more than one year of post-secondary/university education completed.
  • High school students are required to submit an official English translation if applicable, and are encouraged to also submit a third party evaluation.
     

6. Official standardized test scores

The SAT or the ACT is required. If neither the SAT nor the ACT is available in your country, submit a written request for a waiver of this requirement with your application. Applicants who don’t submit some form of official standardized testing may be at a competitive disadvantage. 

  • Official scores should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the test administrator. We use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application. We will accept scores from the old SAT and  redesigned SAT (first administered in March 2016); we do not require the essay portion of the SAT. View College Board’s Concordance Tools to see how scores from the redesigned SAT compare to those on the old SAT.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required; applicants who do not take Subject Tests are not disadvantaged in the admissions process. We do not require the writing portion of the ACT.

If you would like to receive credit toward your degree for successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB)A/AS level examinations, or certain other standard exams, those official scores must also be submitted once the student has been admitted. 

7. Activities and awards list or resume

Detail your efforts in the community, arts, leadership, athletics, family involvements, work experience, and other extracurricular activities and hobbies in order of interest to you.

8. Proof of English proficiency

If English is not your native language—regardless of your citizenship—you must have an official report of your scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the address below by the appropriate application deadline. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine your level of English proficiency. Proof of proficiency may be waived at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if the applicant has completed one of the items listed here.

9. School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)

In addition to the above items, students seeking enrollment into the School of Music must submit the online application supplement and complete an audition. The application supplement and audition will be used to determine your eligibility for admission into the School of Music. It will not be used, however, in the review of your eligibility for admission to the University of Maryland.

 

1. Completed online application

For best consideration for admission, merit-based scholarships, and invitations to special programs, students should apply by the Priority Deadline. Applications must be completed online, and all additional application materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

2. Nonrefundable application fee of $75

When completing your University of Maryland Coalition application, you will be required to pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card at the time of application unless you have received a fee waiver. Fee waivers must be submitted prior to application completion for consideration. We cannot accept cash or check payments. 

3. Official copy of your college transcripts

Your institution should submit an official copy of your college transcripts listing all courses you have completed. A final official transcript must be sent upon completion of any courses in progress. All official transcripts are required by the application deadline for a priority review. Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation. Applications that are not complete by the priority deadline will be considered for the regular application review. Generally, the University of Maryland accepts transfer credits taken only from regionally accredited institutions. Maryland’s Transfer Credit Services will determine the acceptance of credit after the university extends an offer of admission.

  • Beginning with the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, the University of Maryland will require students to submit a third party academic evaluation for post-secondary/university credentials using either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate application deadline.
    • Please submit the course-by-course evaluation along with your original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), if applicable. As well as your grade point average calculation and upper division course designations. If you evaluation is being completed by JS&A, upper division course designations must be submitted for students with more than one year of post-secondary/university education completed.

4. Official copy of your high school transcripts (if necessary)

If you have completed fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the time of application, your institution must submit an official copy of your high school transcripts listing all courses you have completed. AP/IB credits and placement tests cannot be used towards the overall 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. All official transcripts are required by the application deadline for review. Where appropriate, include official results and certificates of completion from national secondary school examinations such as GCSE/GCE, CBSE national and regional, CXC/CSEC and WAEC. Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation.

5. Official standardized test scores (if necessary)

If you have completed fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the time of application, you must submit your SAT and/or ACT scores. If neither the SAT nor the ACT is available in your country, submit a written request for a waiver of this requirement with your application. Applicants who don’t submit some form of official standardized testing may be at a competitive disadvantage.

  • Official scores should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the test administrator. We use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application. We will accept scores from the old SAT and redesigned SAT (first administered in March 2016); we do not require the essay portion of the SAT. View College Board’s Concordance Tools to see how scores from the redesigned SAT compare to those on the old SAT.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required; applicants who do not take Subject Tests are not disadvantaged in the admissions process. We do not require the writing portion of the ACT.

If you would like to receive credit toward your degree for successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB)A/AS level examinations, or certain other standard exams, those official scores must also be submitted once the student has been admitted.

6. Letter of recommendation (optional)

You may choose to submit a letter of recommendation with your application. Recommendations must be sent to us directly from the recommender, and they can be written by anyone of the applicants' choosing including teachers, counselors, coaches, and mentors.

7. Activities and awards list or resume (optional)

Detail your efforts in the community, arts, leadership, athletics, family involvements, work experience, and other extracurricular activities and hobbies in order of interest to you.

8. Proof of English proficiency 

If English is not your native language—regardless of your citizenship—you must have an official report of your scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the address below by the appropriate application deadline. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine your level of English proficiency. Proof of proficiency may be waived at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if the applicant has completed one of the items listed here.

9. School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)

In addition to the above items, students seeking enrollment into the School of Music must submit the online application supplement and complete an audition. The application supplement and audition will be used to determine your eligibility for admission into the School of Music. It will not be used, however, in the review of your eligibility for admission to the University of Maryland.

 

If you are mailing any application materials, please send them to:

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

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