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When you apply to Maryland, your preferred major is not considered in whether or not you are admissible to Maryland. You cannot indicate double-major preferences or minors at the time of application; after you are admitted, you can work with the academic advisor in your college to declare these preferences.

Certain majors are very popular and require a limit on the number of students they can accommodate. These majors are known as Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Admitted students who selected a Limited Enrollment Program as their major are then 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.

Submitting Your Application

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.

International Students

Students who have completed international coursework, or 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. All other non-immigrant visa holders (including A, E, G, H, I, and L), permanent residents and U.S. citizens who have not completed international coursework who wish to apply for undergraduate admission should follow the regular application instructions for freshman or transfer admission.

You do not need to submit your visa, certification 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. 

Beginning with the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, the University of Maryland will require students to submit a third party academic evaluation using either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A) for post-secondary credentials and work. Please submit this along with your original transcript(s). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate application deadline.  

High School students are required to submit an official English translation if applicable, and are encouraged to also submit a third party evaluation.

Required Application Documents

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 application, you may pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card or choose to be billed by the university separately. You may also mail a check payable to the University of Maryland. Your name and birth date must be on the check. We cannot accept debit cards or cash.

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.

International Students: 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 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.

International Students: Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation.

6. Official standardized test scores
The SAT or the ACT is required. 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. 

International Students: 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.

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 (International applicants only)
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