The Coalition FAQs

Review these Frequently Asked Questions about the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  1. How can my student apply to the University of Maryland?
  2. Why has the University of Maryland chosen to be a part of the Coalition?
  3. Does the University of Maryland use a single application portal?
  4. What are the main components that make up the Coalition platform?
  5. When can my students begin to use the Coalition platform?
  6. How do my students share their profile information with the University of Maryland?
  7. Will the University of Maryland be reviewing or giving feedback to documents in my students’ Lockers?
  8. Will my students be at a competitive disadvantage for admission if they do not backfill their Locker with materials?
  9. How do I submit application documents like letters of recommendation and transcripts through the Coalition?
  10. What essay questions does the University of Maryland use on the application?
  11. What materials does my student need to submit to complete the University of Maryland’s application?

 


1. How can my student apply to the University of Maryland (UMD)?

Students seeking admission during the 2016-17 academic year should apply using our secure Application Portal. The application for freshman admission for the Fall 2017 semester will be made available in mid-August 2016.

Beginning in mid-August 2017, UMD will use the application provided by The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. This application should be used by students seeking freshman or transfer admission, or students seeking admission to the University of Maryland, College Park at Shady Grove.

2. Why has the University of Maryland (UMD) chosen to be a part of the Coalition?

UMD, with more than 90 other public and private institutions, has joined the Coalition because we are supportive of its mission to increase college access and affordability for all students. Also, the innovative platform is designed to assist all students by providing free resources and collaborative tools that will help them prepare for the college search and planning process.

3. Does the University of Maryland (UMD) use a single application portal?

Yes. As in years past, UMD will only offer one application. For the 2016-17 admissions cycle, UMD will use the application available through Apply Yourself. Beginning with the 2017-18 admissions cycle, UMD will use the application offered through The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. We do not offer or accept paper applications.

4. What are the main components that make up the Coalition platform?

There are three main components of the Coalition platform: the Locker, the Collaboration Space, and the Application Portal. While students are encouraged to use the Locker and Collaboration Space to prepare for the admission process and get feedback from teachers and mentors, UMD does not require their use. UMD admissions staff will not review nor have access to the items in an individual student’s Locker. Beginning with the 2017-18 admissions cycle, UMD will use the application offered through The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

5. When can my students begin to use the Coalition platform?

Students can begin using the Coalition platform at any point in their high school career. Once students create their account, they can access the Locker and Collaboration Space to organize items for their college application. However, UMD will not begin using the Coalition’s Application Portal until the 2017-18 admissions cycle, which will be available in mid-August 2017 for Fall 2018 freshman applicants.

6. How do my students share their Coalition profile information with the University of Maryland?

To access the Locker, Collaboration Space and Application Portal, your students must first open an account on The Coalition Platform and complete their Profile. Your students can search for schools they are considering and then choose to share their information with their interested schools. For UMD, this will then add the student to our mailing list to receive future communications.

7. Will the University of Maryland (UMD) be reviewing or giving feedback to documents in my students’ Lockers?

No. The Locker is a private space for students to invite their high school counselors, teachers and mentors to review documents prior to submitting these items as part of their application. UMD admissions staff do not have access to a student’s Locker, and will not review application materials prior to their submission.

You can learn more about the Locker by watching the Coalition’s video overview.

8. Will my students be at a competitive disadvantage for admission if they do not backfill their Locker with materials?

No. The Locker is designed to offer a private space for students to organize and get feedback on materials from high school counselors, teachers and mentors throughout their high school journey. Maintaining a record of these items will help prepare students to complete their college application, but students are not required to have anything stored in their Locker to apply to the University of Maryland.

9. How do I submit application documents like letters of recommendation and transcripts through The Coalition?

You can review acceptable submission methods for application materials here.

When UMD begins to use the Coalition application in the 2017-18 admissions cycle, students can also use the platform’s free, built-in tools which allow the applicant to request that letters of recommendation and transcripts be sent directly from teachers and counselors. These items will appear in the student’s Locker as received and the student can include them when submitting their application, but they cannot view or edit these items.

10. What essay questions does the University of Maryland (UMD) use on the application?

UMD will use the essay questions provided by the Coalition.

11. What materials does my student need to submit to complete the University of Maryland’s application?

Depending on whether the student is applying for freshman or transfer admission, and whether they are an international applicant, different materials are required. You can view what materials are required for a completed application on our website

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