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The Transfer Process
In general, prospective students looking to transfer should research all schools they are interested in applying to, take note of admission requirements and deadlines, and explore the major options available at each institution. Consider the following if you are interested in transferring to UMD:
- Review admissions requirements and deadlines as early as possible prior to the semester in which you hope to transfer
- Determine which credits at your current institution may transfer to UMD by using the Transfer Course Database
- Research major options at UMD and make sure the more than 100 majors offered line up with your interests and strengths
- Schedule a campus visit
- Look in to potential scholarship or financial aid opportunities
- Consider the costs and logistics of commuting to campus, as well as looking for on campus or off campus housing
The Pre-Transfer Advising program provides support to prospective transfer students from two-year and four-year schools before they apply to the University of Maryland to complete an undergraduate degree. Learn more about the services offered by
- Review the Transfer Application Checklist for more information about the transfer process and requirements
- Review the admissions deadlines
- Use the Transfer Course Database to view the UMD equivalent to courses from other schools
Visit the Pre-Transfer Advising website to schedule an appointment (in person, via telephone or AIM) or view our scheduled walk-in advising hours. You may also email the Pre-Transfer Advisors to receive feedback via email at Pretransferadvising@umd.edu.
I have scheduled an appointment with a Pre-Transfer Advisor. What do I need to do prior to our meeting?
- Submit your pre-advising worksheet
- View directions and parking information
- Review the Transfer Application Checklist
- Review the Transfer Application Deadlines
- Review the majors offered at UMD
At your appointment time, contact your advisor in person, via phone or AIM
Direct your admission and application questions to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (301.314.8385; ApplyMaryland@umd.edu; Mitchell Building)
How to Apply to UMD as a Transfer Student
Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Applying as a Transfer Student page to view transfer student requirements.
Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your realistic chances of being admitted to UMD. You may contact an Admissions counselor via ApplyMaryland@umd.edu, at 301.314.8385, or in person in the Mitchell Building.
Review the Transfer Application Deadlines
Review the Transfer Application Checklist for more information about the transfer process.
Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions application portal to check the status of your application. If you cannot obtain the information you need, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly (301.314.8385; ApplyMaryland@umd.edu; Mitchell Building).
I have earned an Associate's Degree. Will this help my chances of admission to the University of Maryland?
Students are not required to complete a 2-year degree, such as an Associate's degree, prior to enrolling to the University of Maryland.
If I repeat a course at another institution and get a higher grade, will the previous grade factor into my overall GPA requirement for UMD?
Both grades would be factored into the GPA calculation for admission to a
Limited Enrollment Program (such as Engineering, Business, etc.). For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly (301.314.8385; ApplyMaryland@umd.edu; Mitchell Building).
The Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) is designed for community college students who intend to complete a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland. Students participate in the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program while completing a program at the community college. In order to be eligible for MTAP, students must have graduated from high school and be enrolled at one of the four partner community colleges. For more information regarding partner schools and how to apply to the program, eligibility and deadlines, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions MTAP website.
Will I be considered an in-state resident or an out-of-state resident? What documentation is needed to determine residency?
Information related to residency classification issues is handled by the
Residency Reclassification Services Office.
Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! Pre-Transfer Advisors work with students prior to their admission to UMD. As an admitted student, you will meet with an advisor to discuss your transfer credits and register for your courses during Orientation. You'll want to contact your college directly to see what opportunities for advice you may be able to receive prior to attending orientation. Please also review the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Admitted Student website as well as the following Pre-Transfer Advising resources.
Pre-Transfer Advising is only for students prior to their admission to UMD. Admitted students will meet with an advisor to discuss previous coursework and register for courses during orientation. In the meantime, here are some resources that may helpful:
- View your official transfer course evaluation
- Review the requirements for your major
- Download the four year academic plan for your major to get an idea of what courses students take each semester
Students Denied Admission
Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly to discuss your admission decision. (ApplyMaryland@umd.edu; 301.314.8385; Mitchell Building).
Use the Transfer Course Database to view how courses taken at other schools will transfer to UMD.
Some of my courses are not listed in the Transfer Course Database. When will the courses be evaluated?
Courses not listed in the Transfer Course Database will be evaluated upon admission. You may request that your courses be evaluated prior to admission. To do so, send an email with your name, school name, course ID, course title, and course syllabi. Consider sending no more than 5 attached syllabi per email and grouping subjects by email (for example, all English courses in one email, all math courses in one email, etc.).
The Transfer Course Database shows that the course I took at another institution is not considered equivalent to the same course required of UMD students. What should I do?
You may send the syllabus for the course to Transfer Credit Services and request that the course be reevaluated.
Students who graduate from high school and subsequently complete a minimum of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours during a regular term excluding summer school, at a regionally accredited college or university are considered transfer applicants. Students who complete fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours are expected to submit high school records and SAT I and/or ACT scores for review.
A maximum of 60 credits from a community or two-year college or 90 credits from a four-year institution (or a combination of two- and four-year institutions) may apply toward a degree.
- Use the Transfer Course Database to view how courses taken at other schools may transfer to UMD.
- The Office of Undergraduate Admissions looks for completion of an English composition course that satisfies the Universityís fundamental studies academic writing requirement and a college-level math course that satisfies the Universityís fundamental studies math requirement prior to transferring.
If admitted, your advisor will help you identify the most applicable credits that can apply to a UMD degree.
What courses should I take at my current institution that will transfer into the University of Maryland?
- Use the four year academic plan for your major to view major and general education requirements and academic plans toward graduation.
- If you are attending a Maryland public community college, use the Recommended Transfer Program option on ARTSYS to identify courses at UMD that may transfer to your intended major from your current institution.
- You should register for courses that will satisfy your remaining general education and major requirements. Visit the Transfer Course Database to view the UMD equivalent to the courses you have taken or plan to take at your current institution.
- Consider contacting Pre-Transfer Advising for specific assistance.
The cumulative GPA calculation is based on the courses you have taken regardless of whether they transfer or have an UMD equivalent. Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly for more information (301.314.8385; ApplyMaryland@umd.edu; Mitchell Building).
Review information on Prior Learning Credits to see how UMD may grant credit for your scores. Credit granted by other institutions for these scores will not transfer.
You should have your official score reports sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland, Mitchell Building, College Park, MD, 20742.
In order to assist students prior to admission, prospective UMD students are encouraged to create an academic plan as a part of the pre-transfer process. The Academic Planning Steps are as follows:
- Find the UMD equivalents to your current and completed courses using the Transfer Course Database. Download the four year academic plans for your intended UMD major to view major and general education requirements.
- Identify your remaining general education and major requirements.
- Review the academic plans and undergraduate catalog for course sequences and prerequisites.
- Create an academic plan that outlines your remaining courses in a semester-by-semester format.
- Contact Pre-Transfer Advising if you have questions.
- Visit the Pre-Transfer Advising Academic Planning for additional resources.
The goal of UMD's Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy is to promote undergraduate student success. The policy establishes a structured framework and criteria to guide all students to completion of an undergraduate degree within a reasonable period of time. The four year academic plans and benchmarks help students plan their semesters.
The time varies depending on the number of credits you bring into UMD and the major you are choosing. In order to estimate the time it may take to earn a degree:
- Download and review the degree requirements and academic plan for your intended major.
- Use the pre-advising worksheet, requirements, and academic plan to identify your completed degree requirements.
- Create an academic plan of your remaining requirements.
Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly to determine how Admissions may calculate your cumulative GPA (ApplyMaryland@umd.edu; 301.314.8385; Mitchell Building).
One resource for pre-transfer students is the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities (ARTSYS). This is a computerized information system created to facilitate the transfer of students from Maryland community colleges to the University of Maryland System Institutions. This site provides course to course equivalency, recommends transfer programs, helps search for majors, amongst other things.
Majors on Campus
The University of Maryland has more than 100 majors to choose from. Note that UMD does not offer degree programs in nursing, medicine, dentistry, social work, or information technology.
View UMDís academic plans and undergraduate catalog to view the available majors and review the course descriptions for the majors that are of interest to you. You should consider choosing a major that you are passionate about and interests you.
Academic plans can be used to identify which courses students take each semester to graduate in a timely manner.
Visit the undergraduate catalog to review the major and course descriptions. Review the academic plan for each major to see which courses students typically take each semester to graduate in a timely manner.
Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP)
Students must complete certain gateway requirements prior to being considered for admission to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) major. Visit Limited Enrollment Program to view the current list of these programs and their specific requirements.
I am interested in transferring into a Limited Enrollment program (LEP). What courses should I be taking at my current institution in order to help my chances of getting into the LEP program?
Visit Limited Enrollment Program to view which courses you must complete to be admitted to the major. Complete the pre-advising worksheet to receive feedback about your transfer credits from a Pre-Transfer Advisor.
- Academic plans can be used to identify which courses students take each semester to graduate in a timely manner.
- The Recommended Transfer Program option on ARTSYS can be used to view the Maryland Community College courses that will apply to your intended UMD degree.
- The Transfer Course Database can be used to view the UMD equivalent to courses from other schools.
- Review the Transfer Application Checklist for more information about the university admission process
I have a specific question about the LEP application process. Whom should I contact for more information?
Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly at with LEP admission questions.
The University of Maryland is committed to making higher education affordable. For an estimate of full time attendence, including housing, books and other costs, view the Office of Undergraduate Admission cost estimate.
To view a breakdown of the cost of individual credits and fee, visit the Office of the Bursar.
Only students who are pursuing their major in business, engineering and computer science will be charged additional tuition based on credit hours. Get additional information and a breakdown of these charges here.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid packages are awarded to students upon admission to UMD. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly for more information about financial aid opportunities.
If you are transferring from a community college or another university, there are scholarships tailored just for you. These include the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Weinberg Regents Scholarship and the Presidentís Transfer Scholarship. Departments may have their own scholarships for transfer students as well. Please contact them directly.
The University of Maryland has more than 3,000 international students on campus. You will work closely with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services both prior to enrollment and during your time here.
- Visit the Office of International Student & Scholar Services for more information about International Admissions.
- Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to view information about application deadlines and requirements. Please note that International transfer applicants must submit a completed application by the priority deadline.
- View application requirements
- View application deadlines
You may view UMDís Transfer Course Database to see if coursework from your institution has been evaluated. If it has not, you may submit your coursework to be evaluated if needed. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions completes an initial review of the international transcript received to determine which courses may be accepted for transfer and the number of credits awarded for each course. This review will begin after all required documentation is received and the student has confirmed their admission to the University.
Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly if you have questions about your chances of being admitted to UMD, the application checklist and application deadlines. The Office of International Student & Scholar Services provides an overview of the application process.
All students at UMD are expected to read, write and speak English fluently. International students must demonstrate a proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS). The Office of Undergraduate Admission lists the minimum scores. Transfer students who have completed an associate's degree have demonstrated proficiency.
I will be transferring to UMD with college writing credit. Do I still need to submit my TOEFL scores in order to transfer?
Transfer credit for an English composition course does not waive the English proficiency.
Students Interested in Health Professions
The University of Maryland in College Park does not offer a nursing, dental, pharmacy or medical degree. The University of Maryland, Baltimore does offer degrees in those areas. Contact a counselor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for more information about their admission and application processes.
- Visit the Health Professions Advising Office for more information about advising assistance for UMD students interested in attending nursing, medical, dental or pharmacy school.
- Consider the following major options at UMD if you are interested in pursuing a health-related degree in the future:
If you have already earned a bachelorís degree, there are several ways to attend the University of Maryland to complete medical school pre-requisites:
- Apply as a degree-seeking student using the Transfer Student Application. You will need to complete Orientation before you can register for classes.
- Apply as non-degree seeking student using the Transfer Student application. You will not be able to register until the first day of classes.
- Apply to the Science in the Evening program to take your required science courses in the evening.
Military and Veteran Students
The University of Maryland only awards transfer credit for courses that fall within the scope and content offered at the University. Since many courses on military transcripts are occupational in nature they are not accepted by the University of Maryland. The only credits that will be awarded based on the military transcript you provide are for basic military training as outlined by Transfer Credit Services.
Transfer credit may be denied at the University of Maryland for several reasons. Technical, vocational, remedial, and professional courses do not transfer, nor do courses that are dissimilar in content or scope to programs offered here; the University does not accept correspondence or continuing education units, nor do we award credit for military ďAĒ or ďBĒ schools, internships, externships or independent study courses.
Students attending the university under the Veteran's Education Assistance Act can receive assistance and enrollment certification at the Veterans Certification Office.
The University of Maryland is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for veterans and service members. The University of Maryland Veterans Initiative Scholarship provides support for veteran students to have the opportunity to pursue educational goals. They are intended to cover direct study-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
UMD is a traditional campus with courses offered primarily onsite and between 8:30am-6pm. We are a separate institution from the University of Maryland, University College.
If you already have an accredited bachelorís degree, your general education requirements at UMD will be considered satisfied Ė should you be admitted to the university. You would still need to complete the major requirements to earn a degree from UMD. Please see the General Education Transfer Policy.
Consider contacting the major you are interested in to learn more specifically about the major requirements and how long it may take you to graduate. Pre-Transfer Advisors are most helpful to students who have not yet earned a bachelorís degree.
Residence hall space is limited for transfer students because priority is given to first-time freshman students and students in the residence halls who want to return for another year. As housing requests are received from new transfer students, their names are added to a waiting list for housing. Please contact the Department of Resident Life for more information.
Students who want to live near the campus can explore off-campus housing options using the resources offered by Off-Campus Housing Services.
Yes. You may go on a 75 minute campus walking tour led by a student beginning at the Visitorís Center. Reservations are encouraged.
You may visit the Admissions Office to speak with a counselor about your chances of admission, the application process and general questions about UMD. Someone is normally available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) 8:30-4:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Building. You may also want to contact an advisor in the department of your intended major to see what meetings may be available for prospective students.
General Education at UMD
All students at the University of Maryland must complete a certain number of general education credits depending on the program they are under. Students enrolled at the university or another Maryland public institution of higher education Fall 2012 or later are under the General Education program. Students enrolled at the university or another Maryland public institution of higher education another Maryland public institution of higher education prior to Fall of 2012 are under the CORE program.
**Please note that all students who transfer to the University of Maryland beginning in the fall 2016 and thereafter will be subject to the General Education Program requirements, regardless of the date of their matriculation at another Maryland public institution of higher education following award of the high school diploma.
The University of Maryland, College Park requires students to complete a minimum of 40 credits of general education. Students transferring to the University who have completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be considered to have completed their general education requirements with the exception of an upper-level writing course and any additional credits necessary to complete the minimum number of general education credits. For community college students, this is satisfied by an Associateís Degree. For students from 4-year Maryland public institutions, this is satisfied by submitting a notation to the registrar saying they have completed the general education package at that institution.
Feeling connected to campus has a positive impact on studentsí overall academic experience. Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life will help you get the most out of being a Terp by providing resources and leadership opportunities on campus. Check out Transfer & Off-Campus 101 as a starting point.
Several transfer specific organization exist on campus:
- Transfer to Terp (T2T) is a learning community for students transferring to UMD from Maryland's Community Colleges.
- T2T Student Organization is a student-run organization for any transfer student.
- Tau Sigma National Honor Society is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."
Immediately Ė it is never too early to start exploring what route you may want to take after college, whether than be in the work force, graduate school, volunteer work or the military. As a prospective transfer student, look into what career exploration, internship, volunteer, research or other opportunities may exist at your current institution to help you develop your skills and interests. Build your resume now as a prospective transfer student, and continue doing after you transfer.
Should you be admitted to UMD, consider taking advantage of the many career development resources available to you:
- The University Career Center & The Presidentís Promise can help from your first semester on campus to figure out what career or major interests you, seek out internships, polish your resume, and search for employment
- The Counseling Center has individual and group career and major exploration services
- Many colleges and departments have major specific career resources
Yes, transfer students can study abroad! Before planning to study abroad, we recommend meeting with your academic advisor and an advisor from Education Abroad to work your experience around your academic requirements.
Current or Former UMD Students
I am a current UMD student and would like to take a course at another institution over the summer. Will my credits transfer?
Pre-Transfer Advisors are unable to assist current student. Visit your current
academic department to discuss your course selection and get permission to take the course. Use the Transfer Course Database to see how courses transfer.
Pre-Transfer Advisors are unable to assist previously admitted and enrolled students. The Student Success Office facilitates the reenrollment process. You may also get in touch with your previous academic advising department with any additional questions.