Freshman Admission Decision FAQs

Review these Frequently Asked Questions about your freshman admission decision before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  1. Reviewing Your Admission Decision
  2. Understanding Your Admission Decision
  3. Understanding Your Admitted Major
  4. Next Steps for Admitted Students
  5. Living and Learning Programs


Q: How will I know when my admission decision is available for review?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send you an email to notify you when your admissions decision is ready. When you receive this email, you can view your admission decision online by logging in to the application portal with your PIN and password. For security purposes, please note that we cannot reveal admission decisions over the phone.

If you are offered admission to Maryland, you will also receive a general welcome letter from Undergraduate Admissions in the mail a few days later.

Q: What if I forgot my PIN and/or password?

If you have forgotten your login information, use the “Forgot Your PIN or Password?” link on the login page of the application portal. Unfortunately, our staff does not have access to recover or reset your password, and recovering or gaining access to an application without a PIN or password cannot be accomplished over the phone, through email, or in person.

Q: What information is included in my admission decision letter?

If you are offered admission to Maryland, be sure to review your electronic decision letter carefully as it will include details on your semester of admission, your major, your university ID number, and your residency status. Students admitted for the fall semester may also see information on any special program you have been invited to join. Later, you will receive a general letter in the mail congratulating you on your admission and welcoming you to Maryland.

For admitted students who applied by the Nov. 1 Priority Deadline, financial aid decisions will be released electronically by April 1 and merit scholarship decisions will be mailed by April 1. Admitted students who applied by the Jan. 20 Regular Deadline are not considered for merit scholarships. You can view your financial aid status online and visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information.

Q: I applied but did not receive an admission decision. Why?

Review our application deadlines for more information on when application materials are due and when decisions will be released. If you believe that you submitted a completed application by the appropriate deadline but did not receive an admission decision by the listed date, please first confirm that all of your application materials were received by our office by logging in to your document tracking portal. Please note that the “completion date” will update in the application portal each time you log in. Please do not be concerned by this, as we consider the application complete by the date that all application materials were received.

After doing this, if you still believe that you are deserving of an admission decision, please email us with your full name, date of birth, and the county and state where you live. In the subject line of your email, please write “Admission Decision.” Once we receive your email, we will review your application and be in touch with you shortly.


Q: I applied for the fall semester but was admitted for the spring. Why?

Given the university’s continued commitment to academic success for all students, we remain unable to increase the size of our classes to accommodate additional students. We offer spring admission to students who we feel will be successful academically and contribute to the overall campus community. Freshman students who are offered spring semester admission should confirm enrollment online and pay the enrollment fee by the date specified in their notification of admission.

Please note that students admitted for the spring semester cannot appeal their admission decision or defer their enrollment.

Q: I was admitted for the spring semester. What is Freshmen Connection?

Freshmen Connection is a fall semester extension program offered to all students admitted for the spring semester. In Freshmen Connection, you enroll in courses on campus in the fall semester during off peak times (3-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays). These courses count toward your Maryland degree and connect you to the university’s resources that help you succeed. You can learn more about Freshmen Connection here.

Participation in Freshmen Connection is optional, but interested students must first confirm their Maryland enrollment for the spring semester.

Q: I believe my residency classification is incorrect. How can I fix this?

If you believe that your residency status is incorrect, please review the following information. If you still have questions, please email the Registrar’s Office at Be sure to put "Fall 2017 Residency Inquiry" in the subject line of your email to assist their team with addressing your inquiry as quickly as possible.

Q: Why wasn’t I admitted to Maryland?

We understand you are disappointed that we could not offer you admission to the University of Maryland at this time. The undergraduate admissions process is rigorous and individualized, and admission to Maryland has become increasingly competitive. Our review process considers 26 factors that allow us to make a decision based on a holistic review of your application. We encourage you to review our admissions requirements and the academic profile of this year’s incoming class.

Q: I was not offered admission to Maryland. Can I reapply?

If you were not granted freshman admission, you can reapply as transfer student when you have earned enough credits at another academic institution. Click here to review the transfer admission requirements.

Q: Can I appeal my decision?

Due to our rigorous and holistic review process, it is very rare that an initial admissions decision is changed. For an appeal to be considered, new and significant academic information is required, and only students who were denied admission are eligible for an appeal. Students admitted for the spring semester cannot appeal their decision.

If you have new and significant academic information and would like to pursue appealing your decision, please click here for more information.

Q: Can I defer my enrollment to another semester?

Deferral requests are not guaranteed and will be evaluated on an individual basis only if the applicant meets certain criteria. Students admitted for the spring semester cannot defer to the fall semester. All students that are interested in a deferral are required to pay the confirmation fee of $400 before submitting the deferral request. Review the criteria for a deferral request and follow the listed steps to submit your request.

Q: When will I know more about financial aid and merit scholarships?

For admitted students who applied by the Nov. 1 Priority Deadline, financial aid decisions will be released electronically by April 1 and merit scholarship decisions will be mailed by April 1. Admitted students who applied by the Jan. 20 Regular Deadline are not considered for merit scholarships. You can view your financial aid status online and visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information.


Q: Where can I find my major?

Your academic major is listed at the bottom of your online decision letter.

Q: I was admitted to Maryland but not my desired major. Why?

Certain majors are very popular and require a limit on the number of students they can accommodate. These majors are referred to as Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). The determination of whether a student will be admitted into an LEP is made as a component of our holistic application review process.

As the number of students who have expressed interest in our LEPs has increased, admission into these programs has become more competitive. If you applied for an LEP but were not found admissible, you were placed in Letters and Sciences and have the opportunity to apply to your desired major upon completing certain gateway requirements at Maryland. Students interested in or admitted to the A. James Clark School of Engineering should also review frequently asked questions about admission to the Clark School, its academic programs, and scholarship opportunities.

Q: What is Letters and Sciences?

Letters and Sciences (LTSC) is the advising home for students who are interested in exploring their choice of a major, if they have chosen a pre-professional program, or if they were not admitted to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) at the time of applying.

Academic advisors in LTSC will help you explore course possibilities and instruct you on choosing required gateway courses to gain entry to a LEP once all the requirements are met. Because the academic advisors in LTSC are the most adept at helping students gain entry into their preferred major, students are admitted here rather than the second choice major they indicated on their application for admission.

Q: How do I change my major?

To request a change of major, email us your full name, date of birth, current major and the desired major. Once your email has been received, an admissions representative will be in touch with you regarding your request. All change of major requests will be reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

We discourage major change requests for Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) major applicants placed in Letters and Sciences. It is very rare that that these decisions are reversed. Please note that you if you are requesting to change your major to one that is designated LEP, it will have to go through a competitive review process. View the LEP website to review the application process into your desired LEP as an admitted student.

Q: How can I see if I’ve already earned credits toward my degree?

Some of the course work you have completed as part of your high school curriculum may count towards your Maryland degree. Please explore our Transfer Credit Services website to see what course work is eligible to transfer to Maryland. For more information related to credits often taken during high school, please visit the Prior Learning Credit page.


Q: How do I respond to my offer of admission?

To respond to your offer of admission, log in to the application portal and click the link to view your admission decision. Near the end of your letter, you will see a link asking you to respond to your offer of admission. Complete the confirmation form and, if prompted, submit your enrollment deposit. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email confirming your Maryland enrollment.

Q: How do I update my personal information?

If you need to update your personal information, please email us with your full name, date of birth and any requested updates to your personal information.

Q: I was admitted. What do I do next?

Now that you have been offered admission to Maryland, review your next steps here. When you are ready, you can confirm your enrollment through the online application portal any time before the May 1 enrollment deadline. At the time of your confirmation, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable $400 enrollment deposit to hold your spot in the incoming class.

Q: I am a recently admitted international student and I need to submit additional documents. Where should I go?

Now that you have been admitted, please review your next steps and visit the International Student and Scholar Services website. Please note that many additional materials must be sent to the International Student and Scholar Services office, not the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q: I confirmed my enrollment to Maryland. What should I do now?

After you confirm your enrollment to Maryland, you will need to register for New Student Orientation, explore housing options, and much more. Click here for a full list of next steps you can take as a newly enrolled Terp!

Q: I am not enrolling at Maryland. Is there anything I should do?

We are sorry to hear that you will not be joining us at Maryland. To notify us of your decision not to enroll, please use the enrollment form found within your online decision to confirm “NO.” We wish you the best of luck in your personal and academic endeavors.


Q: What are living and learning programs?

Living and learning programs are specialized residential programs initiated by and having direct connections with faculty and specific academic units/departments within the university’s Division of Academic Affairs. In partnership with Resident Life staff and other student services at the University, these faculty and academic administrators link the curricular and residential experiences in ways that create opportunities for deeper understanding and integration of classroom material.

Q: Can I be invited to more than one living and learning program? How do I confirm my participation in one of these programs?

First-year students are invited to only one living and learning program. Some programs have a confirmation deadline separate from the university’s May 1 confirmation date, which will be outlined in the notification letter inviting you to participate in the program. It is important to confirm your enrollment to both the university and indicate a preference for a program by the listed deadlines, as many programs fill up quickly.

Q: What is the difference between the Honors College and College Park Scholars? Can I be invited to more than one program? How do I confirm my participation in one of these programs?

The Honors College welcomes students from all disciplines into a close-knit community of faculty and intellectually talented undergraduates committed to academic excellence. In addition to choosing any major, Honors College freshmen participate in an honors program within the college. All Honors College programs offer students the opportunity to live and learn with their classmates and earn an honors citation.

College Park Scholars is organized into 12 interdisciplinary living and learning programs. Each program is directed by a campus faculty member. Students engage in active learning around their program’s themes, both in and beyond the classroom, through colloquia, field trips, team projects, research and service. Living together in the residence halls fosters peer learning around shared course work and personal interests. Upon successful completion of the program at the end of the sophomore year, Scholars earn academic citations that appear on their transcripts.

Q: I wasn’t invited to participate in a living and learning program. Are there other opportunities for me to get involved at Maryland?

Absolutely! As a Terp, you have access to over 800 clubs and organizations, a wide network of Education Abroad programs, and all of the exciting events happening across campus.

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