We understand that your college search and admission process has been greatly impacted by this unprecedented situation for over a year. During this crisis, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff is fully available to assist you. Our contact information is located at the bottom of this page and we encourage you to follow us on social media @ApplyMaryland for the latest news and updates.
Is the University of Maryland (UMD) test-optional and, if so, what does test-optional mean?
Yes. In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 impacts on our prospective students, UMD has decided to extend its practice to make SAT and ACT scores optional for the Spring and Fall of 2022 and 2023 application cycles. Applicants for these semesters have the option of choosing whether to submit an SAT/ACT score and whether those scores will be considered in the review of their application for admission.
Why is UMD offering test-optional admission for Fall and Spring 2022 and 2023 applicants?
Due to the limitations of testing in some areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, UMD has decided to allow all students to apply to the university and choose whether to submit official SAT/ACT scores to be used in the evaluation of their application.
How do I indicate that I would like my application to be evaluated with or without my test scores?
You will be able to indicate your test-optional status on your application.
What will happen if I have submitted my test scores but indicate that I want my application to be evaluated without them?
The Admission Committee will not consider submitted SAT/ACT test scores in the application review if the student has indicated that they would like their application to be evaluated without them.
How will UMD evaluate students who do not choose to have their test scores considered as a part of their application?
The Admission Committee uses a holistic, full-file review. This means the Committee will consider all factors of your application including grades earned in academic coursework, trends in your grades, your performance in honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, A/AS level courses (when available in your school), your letters of recommendation, your essay, extracurricular activities and other achievements.
If I do not send in my test scores, can I still be considered for merit scholarships and special programs?
Yes. The review processes for merit scholarships and for our living and learning and other special programs will also be test-optional.
Will any of the Limited Enrollment Programs require that I submit my official SAT/ACT test scores?
The review processes for Limited Enrollment Programs will also be test-optional.
Can I change my test-optional status?
Once you submit your application, your response to the test-optional question will be final and your status cannot be changed.
Do I need to submit my scores if I’m a transfer student with less than 30 credits?
You will have the option to choose whether you would like your test scores considered as a part of your application review.
Will UMD still require English language proficiency scores?
Yes. Standardized tests such as the Duolingo English Test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are still required for non-native English speakers. To learn more about this requirement, please visit our English Language Proficiency page.
Can I use new scores to appeal my admission decision?
No. Admission appeals are considered based only on information that was current at the time of application.
I was planning to take the test more than once but now can't, will that be taken into consideration?
Yes, the Admission Committee will consider all factors and available context in our application review and work to understand the challenges that you identify in your application.
What is the university’s plan for Fall 2021?
Though much of our learning and engagement have occurred remotely, we look forward to welcoming all members of our community back safely to campus in the fall. Our plan is to resume our operations at full capacity in the Fall 2021 semester.
Why does the university plan to welcome all of the campus community back in the fall?
It is the presence of faculty, staff and students - and their interactions on campus - that makes the university a successful and dynamic organization and a vibrant learning community. Being together allows faculty, staff and students to get to know and informally interact with one another and it allows students to fully benefit from the residential education experience and all that our campus has to offer.
Who did the university consult when developing the phased and gradual plan for expanding in-person activities on campus?
This plan is aligned with, and can be changed at any time based on, the state of Maryland’s plan, as well as guidance from Prince George’s County and campus health authorities. The plan has also been coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland.
Will there be any changes or updates to the plan for Fall 2021?
We consider this to be a living plan that may change as conditions evolve, or if our assumptions about what we believe to be achievable by the fall are not realized. This plan aims at gradually expanding in-person campus activity in a phased approach, keeping our focus on the health and well-being of our entire campus community. Should health conditions change, other aspects of this plan may also change.
What is the expectation for vaccines?
The University System of Maryland announced a decision to require all eligible faculty, students and staff who will be on campuses at USM institutions, including the University of Maryland, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In adherence with this mandate, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall semester. The university will, of course, comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.
At this time, visitors and guests are permitted on campus, provided that UMD’s 4Maryland protocols are followed.
Please review our visit calendar for information about summer daily visits, as well as academic program visits and college fairs our representatives will be attending. Guests can also utilize our self-guided virtual tour or our self-guided walking tour.
Thank you for your interest in UMD! All prospective students and their families are encouraged to review our admission requirements as well as the application FAQs in preparation for the application process.
Email | ApplyMaryland@umd.edu
Phone | 301.314.TERP (8377) Our phone inquiry hours*, which are on EST, are listed below:
Monday | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*UMD is closed on September 6 (Labor Day), November 25 & 26 (Thanksgiving Holiday), December 24 through 31 (Winter Break).
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