Before you apply to the University of Maryland, ask yourself: Could the University of Maryland be a good fit for me?
Founded in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, the University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the original land-grant institutions in America. UMD offers more than 100 majors and 800 student organizations for more than 30,000 undergraduate students - could it be a good fit for you?
Keep in mind, most classes offered are during the weekday, and very few courses are offered online or in the evenings. UMD’s average class size is 40 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 18 students to 1 faculty member. Although UMD offers a variety of degree programs, you should check to make sure that your major is one of them. Some of UMD’s majors are offered at the Universities at Shady Grove and the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland. Students interested in any UMD major offered at the Universities at Shady Grove are encouraged to contact the individual program to discuss academic information and criteria.
Read on to help you decide if now is a good time to #BeATerp.
Choosing a Major
- Research different major options if you are undecided or still considering multiple interests.
- Explore potential career or graduate school options, and make sure the courses and majors you are considering are appropriate given your skills, interests, and abilities.
- Find the UMD equivalents to your current and completed courses using the Transfer Credit Service database.
- To determine how long it may take you to earn a degree from UMD, compare how your courses may transfer per the database with your preferred major and general education requirements. Maryland community college students may benefit by completing an Associate’s degree. All admitted transfer students will work with an assigned academic advisor during their first semester on campus to complete an official academic plan for graduation.
- If you need assistance with academically planning for transfer, work with a Pre-Transfer Advising Program Manager to determine how previous coursework may apply to University of Maryland degrees, identify remaining general education and major requirements, and create a plan toward completing a bachelor’s degree.
Guide to Using the UMD Transfer Course Database
Applying for Admission
Application Deadlines Overview - see Admissions deadlines site for full details
|*Early Action Deadline
|Early Action Decision Release
|Regular Decision Release
|By late April
|30 days from admission
|By mid October
|30 days from admission
*For priority consideration, students should apply by the early action deadline. International students or students with non-US academic records must apply by the early action deadline.
Costs and Scholarships
Review federal and state financial aid options.