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High School Counselors and College Advisors

High school counselors and college advisors can use these resources to guide students through the application process.

The University of Maryland is a proud member of the Coalition for College, along with more than 90 public and private colleges. UMD will use the application provided by the Coalition beginning with the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. The Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience for students who wish to pursue higher education. Review the Coalition’s Counselor Manual for step–by–step instructions for every counselor interaction with Coalition platform technology. For more information, watch a brief video about the Coalition here and visit our Coalition FAQ page to understand UMD’s participation.

Students who hold or intend to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa to study in the United States must provide bank statements that demonstrate sufficient funds to cover these expenses. 

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As a member of the Coalition for College, the University of Maryland follows the Coalition's fee waiver criteria. Prospective students can learn more by visiting the Coalition's website. In addition to the Coalition's criteria, the university waives the application fee for high school seniors who are National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic finalists or semifinalists, as well as on an individual basis for extenuating circumstances. 

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The University of Maryland offers an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable. Nearly 75 percent of UMD freshmen receive some form of financial aid. Two categories of need-based aid are available: gift aid (grants) and self-help (loans and Federal Work-Study). Eligibility requirements vary, with the students demonstrating the most need receiving the most aid. Eligible students may be awarded either or both types of need-based aid. Each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid at the University of Maryland.

For priority consideration, the federal processor must receive the FAFSA by January 1. In the section of the FAFSA titled "Releases and Signatures," please enter "University of Maryland, College Park" and our school code: 002103. When you submit your FAFSA online, you should request your FSA ID from the federal processor so you can sign the FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent student, a parent must also apply for an FSA ID to file online. You may apply online for your FSA ID. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides additional information about completing the FAFSA.

The Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy promotes undergraduate student success by establishing a structured framework and criteria to guide all students to completion of an undergraduate degree within a reasonable period of time. The university has created 4-year plans and benchmarks for each academic major to keep students on track toward degree completion throughout their academic careers.

Our general education program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting and expansive range of courses available at Maryland. These courses will expand students’ program of study, challenge their preconceptions and broaden their worldview. Courses emphasize rigor, innovation and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to consider diversity in all its forms and to enhance their learning beyond the classroom, through study abroad, internships, research or other special experiences.

Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs) are competitive majors that control enrollment numbers to maintain quality. A full list of programs and detailed information on LEP requirements can be found here.

Letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors are required for freshman applicants and optional for transfer applicants. Recommenders should review methods to submit their letters, including completion of the teacher and counselor recommendation forms.

The university offers merit scholarships to talented freshman and transfer applicants. To be considered for most merit scholarships, applicants must submit their completed application by the Priority Deadline for the fall semester. The eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary, with the most talented students receiving the most prestigious scholarships. Merit scholarship award notifications begin in early March and continue through early April.

The Pre-Transfer Advising program provides support to prospective transfer students from two- and four-year schools before they apply to the University of Maryland to complete an undergraduate degree. Students are encouraged to use pre-transfer advising services to assess their readiness to transfer and estimate their time to degree completion.

Advisors from Maryland community colleges can work closely with pre-transfer advisors for issues related to transfer credits and major options. Pre-transfer advisors help prospective transfer students determine how previous coursework will apply to University of Maryland degrees, identify remaining general education and major requirements, and locate specific resources for additional assistance. The pre-advising worksheet must be completed to receive transfer course feedback.

Upon request, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide printed material and promotional items to counselors, advisors and prospective students. Please complete the request materials form to have information about UMD’s academic programs, financial aid and campus life sent to you.

Transfer Credit Services facilitates the evaluation of credit for new students who have earned college credit from another institution or successfully completed Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB), and A/AS level examinations. Students can look up transfer course equivalencies for courses taken at a previous institution using the Transfer Credit Services database.

Students who have earned college credit in the U.S. and submitted official transcripts may access their preliminary transfer credit evaluation online within three weeks of receiving their letter of admission. Please note that this is a preliminary and ongoing evaluation; every effort will be made to provide a comprehensive evaluation before the student registers for classes at Orientation. To ensure we have an updated record on file at Maryland, students should submit a final official transcript that includes grades for any course work in progress at the time of the original application.

Students, counselors and advisors have a number of options for visiting campus. Campus tours for groups of 10 or more students must be scheduled through our Group Visit process.


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