Students who participate in MTAP have access to transfer advising resources, can take discounted courses at UMD, and are guaranteed admission to the university upon successful completion of the program and submission of a transfer application by the early action application deadline.
To be eligible for MTAP, students should have graduated from high school and must be enrolled at one of the MTAP partner community colleges listed below. This program is geared towards students who intend to complete 30 credits or an associate’s degree at a participating community college, then transfer to the University of Maryland to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Incoming freshmen who have been admitted to UMD for the spring semester are not eligible to apply to MTAP. For more information about ineligible applicants, please review the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program FAQs.
Participating community colleges:
If you are interested in becoming a member of MTAP, please read the following application information carefully:
After the above items are received, your MTAP application will be complete and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review your application.
Students with a completed application, per the requirement above, are notified via email of their MTAP admission decision four to six weeks after the application deadline. These notifications will be sent to the email provided in the application.
- June 1
- November 15
*Students are eligible to apply for MTAP Guaranteed Admission Transfer for the early action deadline following the receipt and posting of final grades for all required 30 semester credits. If you've applied for MTAP prior to earning grades for any credits, you would likely be eligible to transfer to UMD while in progress of your third semester. This would require applying by the early action deadline. A complete application requires all materials, including transcripts, must be post-marked by our office by the early action deadline.
MTAP students are eligible to take UMD courses, during the winter and summer terms only, at a 25% reduced tuition rate. Students are limited to one course per term. Among other campus resources, MTAP students will have access to transfer advising resources, the university library system, athletic events, Shuttle-UM buses and the Eppley Recreation Center.
Students must participate in MTAP for a minimum of one semester before transferring to UMD. To complete the program requirements and successfully transfer to UMD, students should work closely with their community college counselor to meet the following minimum criteria:
*AP/IB credits can be used to satisfy the Fundamental English & Math courses required for MTAP, however, they will not count towards the overall 30 college credit hours required to complete MTAP or apply for transfer admissions to the University of Maryland. Original AP/IB test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Additionally, credits earned at another two- or four-year institution can be used to meet the MTAP requirements, as long as the last 15 credits are completed at one of the participating community colleges.
The Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and University (ARTSYS) and Transfer Credit Services websites provide information on how courses from any Maryland college or university will transfer to UMD. You may also review how AP and/or IB credits may transfer to UMD.
Still have questions about the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program? Please review our FAQs page.
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