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Ready to learn more about what it takes to #BeATerp?

You're in the right place! We are here to help guide you through the University of Maryland (UMD) application and admission process. 

Getting started:

Get started on the right track, right from the beginning. Use the information on this page to understand exactly what you need to begin your journey to UMD.


Use the sections below to dive deeper into what you need to do to apply to UMD. If you feel that none of the applicant categories below accurately describe your circumstances, take a look at the different special audience applicant types we also consider.

We use a 26-point holistic review process, guided by the mission of identifying applicants, who as individuals and as a group, will enrich and benefit from the campus learning envrionment and the entire student body.

At this time, freshman students can apply using either Common App or StandOut Admissions Network. Tranfer students must use the StandOut Admissions Network platform. Applications will not be reviewed differently based on the platform used. 

On the application, students can identify their preferred major(s). Some UMD majors fall into the category of Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP); majors with limited space and more competitive admission criteria. Regardless of the major a studen prefers, we review all applications major blind. Applicants will be reviewed for admissibility to the university and then, if needed, for admission to their major of choice. 

Application deadlines differe based on the type of applicant and the semester for which they are applying. Early action deadline applicants will be given priority consideration for admission and some merit-based scholarships. Freshman early action applicants will also be considered for UMD's special programs. 

Freshman applicants are high school students and students with fewer than 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of university-level credit beyond secondary school.

It is never too early to start preparing for college. As you progress through your high school career, look for opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, expand upon your non-academic interests and/or to get involved in your community. These are the types of things, along with a distinctive essay, that will help you stand out to our Admission Committee.

More About the Freshman Applicant Process

Transfer applicants are high school graduates who, at the time of applying, have completed at least 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours at a regionally accredited college or university.

As a transfer student, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our transfer student resources which include academic planning, major and career exploration, and estimating when you’ll graduate from UMD.

More About the Transfer Applicant Process

International applicants are students, both freshman and transfer, who are non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents.

In addition to the freshman or transfer applicant requirements, international students must also satisfy international specific requirements such as English language proficiency and non-U.S. academic credential evaluations.

More About the International Applicant Process

UMD at Shady Grove applicants are students with approximately 60 transferable university-level credits who are interested in earning a UMD degree at the Shady Grove location.

UMD students studying at our Shady Grove location still have all of the benefits of being a Terp while enjoying a smaller campus environment.

More About the UMD at Shady Grove Applicant Process

Student supporters are counselors, advisors and family members assisting their students through the college application process.

You have your students back, and we have yours. Our Resources and Support section is designed with you in mind and we also encourage you to review the information provided above that is applicable to your student(s).


Terps love a challenge. A problem that needs a solution. A barrier that needs breaking down. You are smart, scrappy and determined. You value diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship and imagination. Ready to start your fearless journey?

Be A Terp


You can only learn so much about a school from a brochure. Even if we tell you how beautiful our campus is, or how fantastic our students and faculty are, you will not know for yourself until you experience it for yourself!

Come try on our campus for size! Stop by one of our top-notch athletic facilities. Have a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Dairy. Rub the nose of one of our beloved Testudo statues for good luck. Get all your questions answered. It won't be hard to picture yourself at home here for the next four years. 

Please visit our updates page for information regarding visit opportunity changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unable to make it to campus? Explore our beautiful campus from anywhere in the world!

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You've done your research and explored your options, and you know that UMD is the perfect place for you. Now it's time to apply. 

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Freshman applicants can apply using either the Common App or StandOut Admissions Network platforms. At this time, transfer applicants can only apply using StandOut Admissions Network.


Consistently ranked as one of the best values in public higher education, you can rest assured that you will receive an affordable world-class education.

College is a major investment for you and your family. The university is here to help. We offer an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable.


State of Maryland Residents   Non-Maryland Residents

The University of Maryland has launched a new investment in need-based financial aid, the Terrapin Commitment program, which will provide up to $20 million annually for students from the state of Maryland.

The goal of the Terrapin Commitment program is to reduce the gap between a student’s total financial aid package and the cost of an education. The program will begin in January 2023 and ensures that tuition and fees are fully covered for Pell eligible, in-state students, who are enrolled full time and have unmet financial need. More details can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid's website.


Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! We are excited to welcome you into our world of fearless ideas.

You’ve received your admission letter, checked out your major and started celebrating with family and friends. To make enrollment official, check out information for newly admitted students to get everything you need to start your academic career at UMD. 

ENROLL (Freshman)    ENROLL (Transfer)