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How to Apply

We're so glad you're considering applying to the University of Maryland (UMD)! Below are quick links to our application platforms.


How to Apply


Before you apply, take some time to get familiar with our application review process. Determine what type of applicant you are so you can ensure you meet the requirements and submit all the necessary documents.

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Freshman Applicants

High school students and students with fewer than 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of university-level credit beyond secondary school should apply as freshman applicants.

Freshman Requirements & Application Checklists
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Transfer Applicants

Transfer students play a pivotal role on campus, where they bring unique perspectives from their college studies as well as a diversity of backgrounds, geographic origins and personal experiences. You're considered a transfer applicant if you've graduated high school and have completed at least 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours after high school graduation at a regionally accredited college or university.

Transfer Requirements & Application Checklists
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International Applicants

University of Maryland is committed to enrolling a diverse student body from around the globe. Apply as an international student if you are a non-U.S. citizen or if you are a non-permanent U.S. resident.

If English is not your native language, regardless of citizenship, or you have non-U.S. academic records, you will need to refer to the international applicant page for instructions on submitting additional information.

International Requirements & Application Checklist
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Shady Grove

If you want to earn your degree from the University of Maryland, but are looking for a small, close-knit community, then consider becoming a Terp at our Shady Grove location!

Shady Grove Requirements & Application Checklist

When to Apply

Answer questions below to check your deadlines:

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Application Resources

Take advantage of the following resources to learn more about UMD's admission review process and find answers to frequently asked questions about the application, required materials and more.

Admission Review Process & Factors

Our admission review process is thorough, individualized and holistic. We review all application components and consider more than 24 factors.

Click to explore the Admission Review Process

Application FAQs

We know applying to college is a lot of work, so we'll do everything we can to make it as stress-free as possible. Use our FAQs for the quickest answers to many of the common questions we receive.

Click to read Application FAQs

Submitting Documents

Some application materials you can submit yourself, while others need to come directly from testing agencies and counselors or teachers. Review this page to know the best way to submit your documents.

Learn how to submit application materials


Your student(s) can only learn so much about a school from a website. We encourage them to see campus for themselves! Throughout the year we offer a variety of information sessions and tours.

Review our calendar of upcoming tours and information sessions.


If you can't seem to find answers to your questions, feel free to reach out to the admission representative for your area! We're happy to help.

Get connected to the admission representative for your area.