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Transfer Admission Decision FAQs

Review these frequently asked questions about your transfer admission decision before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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 accessing your MyCoalition Checklist. 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. Unlike the virtual letter, this hard copy will not include your major or university identification number. 

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

If you have forgotten your login information, use the "Forgot Your Password?" link on the login page of MyCoalition. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions 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 receive 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. If you have any questions please email with"Attention: Shady Grove" in the subject line.  

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

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 and all required documents 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 into MyCoalition and reviewing your UMD checklist. 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, and it is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of documents through MyCoalition

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 UMD?

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 UMD. Can I re-apply?

Yes, you can re-apply 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 priority consideration, be sure to apply by the early action 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 and should review the deferral request criteria. 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 admission and meet all of the program requirements. Applicants must complete the MTAP application by the appropriate deadline. If you have further questions regarding your decisions, please email

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

For admitted students who applied by the fall early action deadline of March 1 or the spring early action deadline of August 1, financial aid and merit scholarship decisions (fall applicants only) will be released electronically within two to three weeks following the decision release.

Admitted students who did not apply by the March 1 early action deadline for fall admission are not considered for merit scholarships. Once available, you can view your financial aid status online and visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information.

Q: I believe my resident status is incorrect. How can I fix this?

If you believe that your resident status is incorrect, please review our residency reclassification policy. If you still have questions, please email Be sure to put "Recent Admit Residency Inquiry" in the subject line of your email to assist their team in addressing your inquiry as quickly as possible.

Q: Where can I find my major?

Your academic major is listed at the bottom of your online decision letter which can be found in MyCoalition.

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. Please note "Major Change Request" in the subject line of your email. 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 these decisions are reversed. Please note that if you are requesting to change your major to one that is a 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, as well as courses taken at other institutions 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: Why was I placed in Letters and Sciences instead of the LEP selected as my preferred major?

If you originally selected a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) as your preferred major on your application, you may have been placed in Letters and Sciences (LTSC) due to the competitive admission criteria for these programs.

LEPs are very popular and require a limit on the number of students they can accommodate. 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 LTSC.

Q: What is Letters and Sciences?

LTSC is an advising college that incoming students are generally placed in for one of two reasons; they want to explore several fields of study before selecting a major or they are pursuing entry into one of our Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP).

Academic advisors in LTSC will help you explore course possibilities and instruct you on choosing required gateway courses to gain entry to an 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. To learn more about the resources available to LTSC students, please visit the Letters and Sciences website.

Q: How do I gain entry to my LEP of choice?

As you progress through your educational career at UMD, you will have the opportunity to enter your preferred major as a current student. Each LEP has a series of courses, called gateway requirements, which must be completed before applying to the major. If you are able to successfully complete the gateway requirements, you will be reviewed for admission into the LEP you are interested in. For more information on the specific requirements needed to enter your preferred major, please visit the Limited Enrollment Program website.

Q: Can I change to a non-LEP major at this time?

If at this time, you are interested in switching to an alternate major, which is not an LEP, you may request a major change by sending an email to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at In your email, please include your full name, date of birth, current major and the desired major. Please note "Major Change Request" in the subject line of your email. 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.

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

To respond to your offer of admission, log in to MyCoalition, access your Checklist and click on Decision Response. Complete the response and, if prompted, submit your enrollment deposit. This nonrefundable $400 deposit will reserve your place in the incoming class and will be applied to your tuition. It may take up to 48 business hours for your confirmation to be processed. 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 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 any additional materials must be sent to the International Student and Scholar Services office, not the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Questions regarding visa status should be addressed to ISSS.

Q: When will I hear back about what credits have transferred to Maryland?

The transfer credit evaluation process usually begins for newly admitted student two weeks after the receipt of your admission letter. This process can continue, however, throughout your first semester. So, newly admitted students may need to begin their first semester at UMD prior to learning the status of all their prior college credits. Further questions about course credits should be addressed to Transfer Credit Services (TCS), which is the office that oversees the evaluation of undergraduate transfer courses for acceptability by UMD. It is the academic department (administering the course content) that completes the evaluation to determine the acceptability of the courses for transfer to UMD. To learn more about the transfer credit process and what courses will likely transfer, please visit their website at

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 Decision Response found within MyCoalition to confirm “NO.” We wish you the best of luck in your personal and academic endeavors.


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