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Future Terps COVID-19 Updates

The University of Maryland (UMD) continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. With safety as a priority, and based on guidance from local and federal officials, we have implemented a number of changes to support future Terps, their families and our community. 

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. 

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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. 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.

Please refer to the 4Maryland website for more information about UMD's COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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.

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.

Students can contact their area’s admission representatives for assistance by emailing and including the representative’s name in the subject line.


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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.


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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.


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