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Future Terps COVID-19 Updates

The University of Maryland (UMD) is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. With safety as a priority, and based on guidance from health and state officials, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has implemented a number of changes to support future Terps, their families and our community. 

We understand that your college search and admission process has been greatly impacted by this unprecedented situation. During this crisis, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff is fully available to assist you. Our contact information is located at the bottom of this page and we encourage you to follow us on social media @ApplyMaryland for the latest news and updates.

Is the University of Maryland (UMD) test-optional and, if so, what does test-optional mean?
Yes, however, this only applies to students applying for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.

Applicants for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters have the option of choosing whether to submit an SAT/ACT score and whether those scores will be considered in the review of their application for admission.

Why is UMD offering test-optional admission for Spring and Fall 2021 applicants?
Due to the limitations of testing in some areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, UMD has decided to allow all students to apply to the university and choose whether to submit official SAT/ACT scores to be used in the evaluation of their application.

How do I indicate that I would like my application to be evaluated with or without my test scores?
Within two business days after submitting their application for admission, students will be emailed a link to a brief online form. One of the questions on this form will ask whether the student is submitting official SAT/ACT scores to be used in the evaluation of their application for admission.

What will happen if I have submitted my test scores but indicate that I want my application to be evaluated without them?
The Admission Committee will not consider submitted SAT/ACT test scores in the application review if the student has indicated that they would like their application to be evaluated without them.

How will UMD evaluate students who do not choose to have their test scores considered as a part of their application?
The Admission Committee uses a holistic, full-file review. This means the Committee will consider all factors of your application including grades earned in academic coursework, trends in your grades, your performance in honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, A/AS level courses (when available in your school), your letters of recommendation, your essay, extracurricular activities and other achievements.

If I do not send in my test scores, can I still be considered for merit scholarships and special programs?
Yes. The review processes for merit scholarships and for our living and learning and other special programs will also be test-optional.

Will any of the Limited Enrollment Programs require that I submit my official SAT/ACT test scores?
The review processes for Limited Enrollment Programs will also be test-optional.

Can I change my test-optional status?
Once you submit your application for admission, you will not be able to change your test-optional status.

Do I need to submit my scores if I’m a transfer student with less than 30 credits?
You will have the option to choose whether you would like your test scores considered as a part of your application review.

Will UMD still require English language proficiency scores?
Standardized tests such as the Duolingo English Test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are still required for non-native English speakers. To learn more about this requirement, please visit our English Language Proficiency page. 

Can I use new scores to appeal my admission decision?
No. Admission appeals are considered based only on information that was current at the time of application.

I was planning to take the test more than once but now can't, will that be taken into consideration?
Yes, the Admission Committee will consider all factors and available context in our application review and work to understand the challenges that you identify in your application.

How will the university make a final decision about campus reopening?
The reopening of campus this fall is subject to changing conditions and must be in compliance with federal, state, county and University System of Maryland guidance. Our community’s health and well-being are our top priority, so as long as the pandemic continues, there will likely be some restrictions.

What are the university’s plans to “de-densify” campus?
The University System of Maryland advises a density reduction on all USM campuses, and enforcement of physical distancing in classrooms, residence halls and dining halls. Efforts to de-densify at UMD include reducing the number of individuals who need to be physically present on the premises on any given day, starting with reducing the capacity of our residence and dining halls. Other strategies to de-densify campus include online instruction and some staff (and faculty) continuing to work from home.

What safety measures will be in place when campus reopens?
The plans of the Safety and Health work-group, co-led by Dean Boris Lushniak of the School of Public Health and General Counsel Mike Poterala, informs the planning of all the work-groups. They include cleaning and disinfecting all buildings; environmental monitoring; protocols for testing, screening and contact tracing; and abiding by CDC guidelines on physical distancing, face-coverings and frequent hand washing.

Will classes be conducted virtually for the Fall 2020 semester?
Learning and teaching this fall semester will involve a mix of in-person, online and blended education. However, students should expect that many of their classes will be virtual in the fall semester.

How will classes be conducted when students and faculty return to campus?
On-campus instruction will be limited overall for the fall semester. For classes that offer the option to attend in person, classroom capacity has to be reduced in order to allow for the requisite physical distancing.

Will students have the option to continue their studies virtually when campus reopens?
Yes. We are working to provide students with the option of taking classes exclusively online, if they so choose.

As we were looking forward to hosting you on campus, we understand your possible disappointment about cancelled visit opportunities. However, the health and safety of our students, faculty, visitors, and staff remain paramount. The state of Maryland is currently operating under a state of emergency due to COVID-19 and we want to ensure that we don’t host an event that could potentially subject our registered guests and campus community to increased risk of exposure.

As a result, the following changes have been made to our visit offerings:

  • Please see our visit calendar for the current schedule of Virtual Terrapin Tours, Virtual Maryland Information Sessions and Virtual Student Experience Panels.
  • Terp For A Day and Group Visits are canceled until further notice. Alternatively, we encourage students and their families to get familiar with campus through our Virtual Campus Tour.
  • In-person recruitment events and visits have been canceled until further notice. We will continue to assess state and county-issued travel precautions for high school visits and college fairs.

Thank you for your interest in UMD! All prospective students and their families are encouraged to review our admission requirements as well as the application FAQs in preparation for the application process.

Students can contact their area’s admission representatives for assistance by emailing and including the representative’s name in the subject line.

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Phone | 301.314.TERP (8377) Our phone inquiry hours are:

Monday | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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