Transfer Admission Decision FAQs

Review these Frequently Asked Questions about your transfer admission decision before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

To help understand your transfer admission decision, select a category of Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.

  1. Reviewing Your Admission Decision
  2. Understanding Your Admission Decision
  3. Understanding Your Admitted Major
  4. Next Steps for Admitted Students


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: I applied for admission to the University of Maryland at Shady Grove. When and how will I received my decision?

Admission decisions for applicants to Shady Grove are released on a rolling basis. You will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of your admission decision.

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. Later, you will receive a general letter in the mail congratulating you on your admission and welcoming you to Maryland.

Admission decision letters for priority applicants are mailed by mid-April, and merit scholarship award notifications are mailed beginning a few weeks later. Only students who applied by the Priority Deadline are eligible for financial aid and merit scholarship. 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: 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: Why was my application placed on hold?

Applications are placed on hold when the admissions committee reviews a candidate but is unable to provide a final admission decision until additional academic information from the most recent semester is received. The admission decision letter will have additional information on the next steps to take. Applicants on hold should submit their most recent transcripts at the end of the semester that show the final grades earned. Once the transcripts are received, the application will be re-reviewed by the admission committee for a final decision. Students cannot appeal a hold decision received from the review of the committee.

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

Yes, you can reapply to the University of Maryland for a different semester. Before reapplying, be sure to review the transfer admission requirements and admitted student profile. Additionally, please refer to the decision letter and follow any recommendations provided prior to reapplying. For best consideration, be sure to apply by the priority deadline.

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. 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. Requests must be submitted within 30 days from the date the admission decision letter was received.

Q: I was denied admission to the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program. Why?

To participate in the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP), applicants must apply separately for transfer admissions and meet all of the program requirements. Applicants must complete the MTAP application by the appropriate deadline, and for best consideration students are encourage to apply by the priority deadline.

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

For admitted students who applied by the fall Priority Deadline of March 1 or the spring Priority Deadline of August 1, financial aid and merit scholarship decisions will be released electronically within two to three weeks following the decision release.

Admitted students who did not apply by the priority deadlines 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 believe my residency classification is incorrect. How can I fix this?

If you believe that your residency status is incorrect, please visit the Residency Reclassification website, where you will find more information regarding residency qualification requirements. If you believe your residency classification is incorrect after reviewing the requirements, please email us.


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 (LEPs). 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 within 30 days of the date listed on your admission decision letter. 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 interested in visiting Maryland. What do you recommend?

We encourage you to explore the many ways you can visit the University of Maryland. If you can’t make it to campus, you can take a virtual tour.

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.

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