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International Application Checklist

Students who are non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents should apply as international applicants.

Submitting Your Application

Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by the appropriate deadline for consideration. You can track your application status and confirm receipt of application materials online through the Terps Application Portal. You will receive an email after your submit your application with instructions on how to create a portal account. It may take up to two weeks for recently submitted materials to be listed as received on your checklist and it is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of all required materials. Visit our Submitting Documents page to learn how you can submit the items below for a completed application.

You do not need to submit your visacertification of finances and other supporting international documents for a completed application; however, you will need to submit them if you are admitted to the university.


1. Completed online application

For priority consideration for admission and invitations to special programs, students should apply by the early action deadline. In the application, students will be asked to answer one of five essay prompts. Applications must be completed online, and all additional application materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

2. Nonrefundable application fee of $75

When completing your University of Maryland application, you will be required to pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card at the time of application unless you have received a fee waiver. Fee waivers must be submitted prior to application completion for consideration. We cannot accept cash or check payments. 

3. Two letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for a completed application: one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. Recommendations must be sent to us directly from the recommender.

4. Official copy of your high school transcripts

Each institution you've attended must submit an official copy of your high school transcripts listing all courses you have completed from all schools attended. Where appropriate, include official results and certificates of completion from national secondary school examinations such as GCSE/GCE, CBSE national and regional, CXC/CSEC and WAEC. Transcripts must be sent in the native language along with a certified English translation.

5. Official copy of your college transcripts (if necessary)

If you have completed any collegiate coursework, each institution you've attended must submit an official copy of your college transcripts listing all courses you have completed. Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation. High school students are required to submit an official English translation if applicable and are encouraged to also submit a third party evaluation.

  • The University of Maryland requires all students with non-U.S. academic credentials to submit a third party academic evaluation for all post-secondary/university credentials from one of the two evaluators listed below (this is not required for secondary school academic records). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate deadline.
    • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
      • Start the evaluation process with ECE by visiting their Education Reports page.
      • Requirements: course-by-course evaluation, original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), grade point average calculation, upper division course designation.
         
    • Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A)
      • Start the evaluation process with JS&A by using their application for evaluation form
      • Requirements: course-by-course evaluation, original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), grade point average calculation, upper division course designation for students with more than 1 year of post-secondary/university education completed.
         

6. Official standardized test scores (optional)

As a result of the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UMD recognizes that many students will not be able to access the SAT and ACT tests that are traditionally required in order to apply for admission. Therefore, UMD will be SAT/ACT optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants. Additional information can be found on our Future Terps Updates page.

Students who would like to receive credit toward their degree for successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB)A/AS level examinations, or certain other standard exams, must submit those official scores upon receiving an offer of admission. 

7. Activities and awards list or resume

Detail your efforts in the community, arts, leadership, athletics, family involvements, work experience, and other extracurricular activities and hobbies in order of interest to you.

You can submit this information via the Activities section of the UMD application or through a separate upload. Our preferred submission method is via your MyCoalition Profile Activities/Experience section but if you have not completed this section, you will be prompted to upload a separate document before submitting your application.

8. Proof of English proficiency

If English is not your native language—regardless of your citizenship—you must provide the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with an official English proficiency test score, which must be less than two years old, by the appropriate deadline. We accept scores from the Duolingo English Test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). At this time, we are not accepting TOEFL superscores known as MyBest Scores. Your test scores must be sent directly by the testing agency and your application will not be considered complete until your scores have been received. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine your level of English language proficiency. Proof of proficiency may be waived at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if the applicant has completed one of the items listed under the Potential Waivers for English Proficiency Requirement.

9. School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)

In addition to the above items, students seeking enrollment into the School of Music must submit the online application supplement and complete an audition. The application supplement and audition will be used to determine your eligibility for admission into the School of Music. It will not be used, however, in the review of your eligibility for admission to the University of Maryland.

10. Terps Application Portal

Within two business day of submitting your application, whether via Common App or MyCoalition, you will receive an email from our office with instructions on how to create a Terps Application Portal account. Once you've created your account, you can access this portal to track your application status and confirm receipt of required materials. This is also where you will receive your electronic admission decision when it becomes available.

Submitting Your Application

Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by the appropriate deadline for consideration. You can track your application status and confirm receipt of application materials online through your MyCoalition account by visiting the Colleges section and reviewing your UMD checklist. It may take up to two weeks for recently submitted materials to be listed as received on your checklist and it is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials through MyCoalition. Visit our Submitting Documents page to learn how you can submit the items below for a completed application.

You do not need to submit your visacertification of finances and other supporting international documents for a completed application; however, you will need to submit them if you are admitted to the university.


1. Completed online application

For priority consideration for admission and invitations to special programs, students should apply by the early action deadline. Applications must be completed online, and all additional application materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

2. Nonrefundable application fee of $75

When completing your University of Maryland Coalition application, you will be required to pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card at the time of application unless you have received a fee waiver. Fee waivers must be submitted prior to application completion for consideration. We cannot accept cash or check payments. 

3. Official copy of your college transcripts

Each institution you've attended must submit an official copy of your college transcripts listing all courses you have completed. Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation. A final official transcript must be sent upon completion of any courses in progress. All official transcripts must be received by the appropriate deadline. Applications that are not complete by the early action deadline will be considered for the regular application review. Generally, the University of Maryland accepts transfer credits taken only from regionally accredited institutions. University of Maryland’s Transfer Credit Services will determine the acceptance of credit after the university extends an offer of admission.

  • The University of Maryland requires all students with non-U.S. academic credentials to submit a third party academic evaluation for all post-secondary/university credentials from one of the two evaluators listed below (this is not required for second school academic records). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate deadline.
    • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
      • Start the evaluation process with ECE by visiting their Education Reports page.
      • Requirements: course-by-course evaluation, original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), grade point average calculation, upper division course designation.
         
    • Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A)
      • Start the evaluation process with JS&A by using their application for evaluation form
      • Requirements: course-by-course evaluation, original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), grade point average calculation, upper division course designation for students with more than 1 year of post-secondary/university education completed.
         

4. Official copy of your high school transcripts (if necessary)

If you have completed fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the time of application, your institution must submit an official copy of your high school transcripts listing all courses you have completed. AP/IB credits and placement tests cannot be used towards the overall 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. All official transcripts are required by the application deadline for review. Where appropriate, include official results and certificates of completion from national secondary school examinations such as GCSE/GCE, CBSE national and regional, CXC/CSEC and WAEC. Transcripts must be sent in the native language with a certified English translation.

5. Official standardized test scores (optional)

As a result of the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UMD recognizes that many students will not be able to access the SAT and ACT tests that are traditionally required in order to apply for admission. Therefore, UMD will be SAT/ACT optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants. Additional information can be found on our Future Terps Updates page.

Students who would like to receive credit toward their degree for successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB)A/AS level examinations, or certain other standard exams, must submit those official scores upon receiving an offer of admission.

6. Letter of recommendation (optional)

You may choose to submit a letter of recommendation with your application. Recommendations must be sent to us directly from the recommender, and they can be written by anyone of the applicants' choosing including teachers, counselors, coaches, and mentors.

7. Activities and awards list or resume (optional)

Detail your efforts in the community, arts, leadership, athletics, family involvements, work experience, and other extracurricular activities and hobbies in order of interest to you.

You can submit this information via your MyCoalition Profile Activities/Experience section or by uploading a separate document.

8. Proof of English proficiency 

If English is not your native language—regardless of your citizenship—you must provide the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with an official English proficiency test score, which must be less than two years old, by the appropriate deadline. We accept scores from the Duolingo English Test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). At this time, we are not accepting TOEFL superscores known as MyBest Scores. Your test scores must be sent directly by the testing agency and your application will not be considered complete until your scores have been received. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine your level of English language proficiency. Proof of proficiency may be waived at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if the applicant has completed one of the items listed under the Potential Waivers for English Proficiency Requirement.

9. School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)

In addition to the above items, students seeking enrollment into the School of Music must submit the online application supplement and complete an audition. The application supplement and audition will be used to determine your eligibility for admission into the School of Music. It will not be used, however, in the review of your eligibility for admission to the University of Maryland.

 

If you are mailing any application materials, please send them to:

University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building, 7999 Regents Dr.
College Park, MD 20742-5235, USA


Although application materials can be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via postal mail, we encourage and prefer the electronic submission of required documents as our office has shifted to an online work environment in keeping with guidance from health and state officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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