Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Pre-Transfer Advising
- How to Apply
- Admitted Students
- Students Denied Admission
- Transfer Credit
- Academic Planning
- Majors on Campus
- Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP)
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- International Students
- Students Interested in Health Professions
- Military and Veteran Students
- General Education at UMD
- Establishing Residency
- Visiting Campus
What is Pre-Transfer Advising?
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.
Read more about Pre-Transfer Advising services.
I want to transfer to UMD. What do I need to do?
- Review the Transfer Application Checklist for more information about the transfer process.
- Review the admissions deadlines.
- Use the Transfer Credit Center database to view the UMD equivalent to courses from other schools.
How do I make an appointment to meet with a Pre-Transfer Advisor:
Visit Transfer Advising Office to schedule an appointment (in person, via telephone or AIM) or view our walk-in advising hours.
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: http://www.transferadvising.umd.edu
- Download directions and parking information: Directions & Location
- 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; Mitchell Building)
- Review the Transfer Application Checklist
- Review the Transfer Application Deadlines
Do I have the qualifications to transfer to UMD?
View the Applying as a Transfer Student page to view transfer student requirements: http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.asp
What are my chances of admission to UMD?
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 at email@example.com, at 301.314.8385, or in person in the Mitchell Building.
When is the deadline to apply for admission?
Review the Transfer Application Deadlines
How do I apply for admission to UMD?
Review the Transfer Application Checklist for more information about the transfer process: http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/apply/transferchecklist.asp
How do I check the status of my application to the University?
Visit http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/apply/default.asp 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
What is the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program?
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, how to apply to the program and eligibility, please visit the MTAP homepage: http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/apply/MarylandTransferAdvantage.asp
I have been accepted to UMD. What's next?
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 review the following links for further Admitted Student Resources:
Now that I'm admitted to UMD, how do I register for courses?
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: http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/admitted/transfercredit.asp
- Review the requirements for your major: http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/academics/majors.asp
- Download the four year academic plan for your major to get an idea of what courses students take each semester: http://www.4yearplans.umd.edu/
When will I be able to meet with an advisor to register for courses?
My application for admission has been denied. What do you recommend I do at this time?
Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly to discuss your admission decision. (email@example.com; 301.314.8385; Mitchell Building).
Will my credits transfer to UMD?
Use the Transfer Credit Center database (http://www.tce.umd.edu) to view how courses taken at other schools will transfer to UMD.
Some of my courses are not listed in the Transfer Credit Center database. When will the courses be evaluated?
Courses not listed in the Transfer Credit Center database will be evaluated upon admission. You may request that your courses be evaluated prior to admission. To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school name, course ID, course title, and course description.
The Transfer Credit Center 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 the Transfer Credit Center (email@example.com) and request that the course be reevaluated.
How many credits do I need to be considered a transfer student?
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.
Do I need any further credits before I transfer to the University of Maryland?
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 Credit Center database (http://www.tce.umd.edu) to view how courses taken at other schools may transfer to UMD.
- Completion of Fundamental English and Math is expected prior to transferring.
What if I have more than 60 credits from a community college or 90 credits from a 4-year college?
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 http://www.4yearplans.umd.edu 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 (http://artweb.usmd.edu) 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 Credit Center database (http://www.tce.umd.edu) to view the UMD equivalent to the courses you have taken or plan to take at your current institution.
- Consider contacting a Pre-Transfer Advisor for specific help.
If I have courses that do not transfer over, will these courses count in my overall cumulative GPA?
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; Mitchell Building).
What credits will the University of Maryland grant for my scores on AP/IB/CLEP exams?
View http://www.tce.umd.edu/apibclep.html to see how UMD may grant credit for your scores. Credit granted by other institutions for these scores will not transfer.
Where should I have my transcripts and AP/IB/CLEP exam scores sent?
You should have your official score reports sent to UMD at the following address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland, Mitchell Building, College Park, MD, 20742
What classes should I be taking prior to admission?
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 Credit Center database
- Download the degree requirements and four year plans for your intended UMD major.
- 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.
- Submit your academic plan and Pre-Transfer Advising worksheet for review to email@example.com.
- Visit the Academic Planning homepage for additional resources: http://www.transferadvising.umd.edu/planning.html
What is an Academic Plan?
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 4-year plan and benchmarks help students plan their semesters. For a list of 4-year plans and benchmarks for each academic major visit: http://www.4yearplans.umd.edu/
How long will it take me to complete my degree at UMD?
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 (http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/academics/majors.asp) and academic plan (http://www.4yearplans.umd.edu) 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.
How do I calculate my GPA?
Visit the University of Maryland's online GPA calculator at http://www.sis.umd.edu/gpacalc/
What are some additional resources I can use to help with my academic planning?
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. For more information please visit: http://artweb.usmd.edu/
What majors are offered at UMD?
The University of Maryland has more than 100 majors to choose from. For a list of all UMD majors visit: http://www.uga.umd.edu/admissions/academics/majors.asp
I have several possible majors in mind, but I'm not sure which one to pick.
Visit http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/academics/majors.asp and http://www.umd.edu/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.
What kind of coursework should I expect from my intended major?
Academic Plans can be used to identify which courses students take each semester to graduate in a timely manner (http://www.4yearplans.umd.edu).
What is the curriculum of classes for my major?
Visit the Undergraduate Catalog (http://www.umd.edu/catalog) to review the major and course descriptions. Review the academic plan for each major (http://www.4yearplans.umd.edu) to see which courses students typically take each semester to graduate in a timely manner.
What is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP)?
Students must complete certain gateway requirements prior to being considered for admission to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) major. Visit the Limited Enrollment Program to view the current list of these programs and the requirements and policies for each.
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 (http://www.transferadvising.umd.edu) 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 Credit Center database can be used to view the UMD equivalent to courses from other schools.
- Review the Transfer Application Checklist for more information about the transfer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-314-8385 with LEP admission questions.
When should I expect to receive information about my financial aid?
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 (http://www.financialaid.umd.edu).
What scholarships are available for transfer students?
Visit http://www.uga.umd.edu/admissions/finaid/scholarshiptransfer.asp for further information about scholarship opportunities.
The University of Maryland has more than 3,000 international students on campus. You will work closely with the Office of International Services both prior to enrollment and during your time here.
How do I apply as an international student?
- Visit the Office of International Services for more information about International Admissions:
- Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to view information about application deadlines and requirements.
I took courses at an institution overseas. How may I receive credit for my previous coursework?
If you have non-U.S. academic credentials, provide all academic records in the original language with a certified English translation and send them to Undergraduate Admissions. You should work with the Office of International Services to get your international courses evaluated, should you have international coursework that is not listed in UMD's Transfer Credit Center database. A literal (word for word) translation will need to accompany coursework that is presented in any language other than English.
What are my chances of getting into UMD as an International Student?
Contact a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly if you have questions about the application process or your chances of being admitted to UMD. They can be reached via email at email@example.com, by telephone at 301.314.8385, or in person (Mitchell Building). You may find the following international student admission links helpful:
Is there an English language requirement?
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). Required scores and contact information is available at http://www.international.umd.edu/ies/92. Transfer students who have completed an associate's degree have demonstrated proficiency.
Note: Students who will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.
Note: For US citizens or permanent residents with foreign credentials, if your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the Anglophone countries and areas previously listed, you will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
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.
What are the procedures for applying to nursing, medical, dental or pharmacy school?
The University of Maryland in College Park does not offer a nursing, dental, pharmacy or medical degree. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (http://www.umaryland.edu) does offer degrees in those areas. Contact a counselor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for more information about their admission and application processes.
- Consider the following major options at UMD if you are interested in pursuing a health-related degree in the future:
- Biological Sciences (http://www.lep.umd.edu)
- Community Health (http://www.sph.umd.edu)
- Kinesiology (http://www.sph.umd.edu)
- Nutrition & Food Sciences (http://www.nfsc.umd.edu)
- Visit http://www.prehealth.umd.edu for more information about the advising assistance for UMD students interested in attending nursing, medical, dental or pharmacy school.
Will I receive credit for military service or studies?
The University does not award credit for military service, but it will evaluate military credit earned through regionally accredited institutions including the Community College of the Air Force, the Defense Language Institute, the National Cryptologic Institute, and the service academies. Credit for ROTC work at other institutions will also be evaluated and transfer to the limit allowable in the student’s program.
What kinds of courses do not transfer?
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 “A” or “B” schools, internships, externships or independent study courses.
How do I use my VA Education Benefits?
Contact the Veterans Certification Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and view the following link for further information: http://www.testudo.umd.edu/vabenefits/index.html
Are there any scholarships for Military or Veteran students?
The University of Maryland is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for veterans and service members. The University of Maryland Veterans Initiative Scholarships 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.
What other resources are available for Military or Veteran students?
Visit the Veteran’s Program Office for more information: http://thestamp.umd.edu/student_involvement/veteran_student_life
Visit the University Career Center for career related websites specifically for Veteran students:
What is the availability of housing on-campus for transfer students?
The availability of housing on-campus for transfer students varies by semester. Information about on-campus housing can be found at http://www.resnet.umd.edu
How can I find off-campus housing?
Information about off-campus housing is available at http://www.och.umd.edu
14. General Education at UMD
Students matriculating* to the University of Maryland (including freshmen and students transferring from private institutions and from non-Maryland public institutions) beginning in Fall 2012 are subject to the University's new General Education program requirements, except as provided below:
1. 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.
2. Students transferring to the University from another Maryland public institution of higher education who have not completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be treated as follows:
a. Students who matriculate to college beginning in Fall 2012 and thereafter will be subject to the new General Education program requirements upon transfer to the University of Maryland.
b. Students who matriculate to college prior to Fall 2012 but transfer to the University of Maryland prior to Fall 2016 will be subject to the CORE general education requirements. http://www.ugst.umd.edu/core
c. Students who transfer to the University of Maryland beginning in Fall 2016 and thereafter will be subject to the new 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.
3. Students returning or transferring to College Park after a separation from college of five or more continuous years must follow the requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.
Students who matriculate to the University with a bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited college or university will be considered to have satisfied the University's general education requirements, regardless of when the degree was received.
*For purposes of this transfer policy, matriculation means to be admitted to college and enrolled in classes following award of the high school diploma.
What are the requirements for General Education?
15. Establishing Residency
Will I be considered an in-state resident or an out-of-state resident? What documentation is needed to determine residency?
You can review information related to residency classification issues and further contact information on the Residency Classification Office site: http://www.testudo.umd.edu/rco/
16. Visiting Campus
Can someone show me around campus?
Yes. You may go on a 75 minute campus walking tour led by a student beginning at the Visitor’s Center. Reservations are encouraged http://www.admissions.umd.edu/explore/Visit.php
When I come for a Pre-Transfer advising appointment, what else can I do?
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 8:30-4:30 p.m. You may also want to contact an advisor in the department of your intended major (http://www.admissions.umd.edu/academics/Majors.php) to see what meetings are available for prospective students.
How do I get to campus?
Here are directions to campus and a campus map: http://www.uga.umd.edu/explore/Directions.php