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Freshman Application FAQs


Review these Frequently Asked Questions about completing your freshman application before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q: How can I apply to the University of Maryland (UMD)?

Students applying for freshman admission to the spring or fall semester will use the application provided by The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

Q: Does the University of Maryland (UMD) use a single application portal?

Yes. As in years past, UMD will only offer one application. UMD uses the application offered through The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. We do not offer or accept paper applications.

Q: Why has the University of Maryland (UMD) chosen to be a part of the Coalition?

UMD, with more than 90 other public and private institutions, has joined the Coalition because we are supportive of its mission to increase college access and affordability for all students. Also, the innovative platform is designed to assist all students by providing free resources and collaborative tools that will help them prepare for the college search and planning process. To learn more about the Coalition, watch this brief video.

Q: What are the main components that make up the Coalition application?

There are three main components of the Coalition application: the Application Portal, the Locker and the Collaboration Space. The University of Maryland (UMD) only requires applicants to utilize the Application Portal to submit their application. While you are encouraged to use the Locker and Collaboration Space to prepare for the admission process and get feedback from teachers and mentors, UMD does not require their use. UMD admissions staff will not review nor have access to the items in your Locker.

Q: When can I begin to use the Coalition platform?

You can begin using the Coalition platform at any point in your high school career. Once you create an account, you can access the Locker and Collaboration Space to organize items for your college application. When you are ready to apply, you can access the Application Portal to submit your completed application. 

Q: How do I share my profile information with the University of Maryland (UMD)?

To access the Locker, Collaboration Space and Application Portal, you must first open an account on the Coalition Platform and complete your profile. Profile information can later be transferred directly to the Coalition Application. You can then search for universities you are considering and indicate your level of connection with that university – researching, interested or applying.

When you indicate that you are applying to a university, you will have access to the Application Tracker, which tracks your progress toward the application’s completion.

Q: Will the University of Maryland (UMD) be reviewing or giving feedback to documents in my Locker?

No. The Locker is a private space for students to invite their high school counselors, teachers and mentors to review documents prior to submitting these items as part of their application. UMD admissions staff do not have access to your Locker and will not review application materials prior to their submission.

You can learn more about the Locker by watching the Coalition’s video overview.

Q: What essay questions will the University of Maryland (UMD) use on the application?

UMD will use the essay questions provided by the Coalition.

Q: When is the application deadline?

The Freshman Priority Application Deadline for fall admission is November 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline, as they will receive best consideration for admission to the university, merit-based scholarships, and special programs. Visit our website for a complete listing of application deadlines.

Q: Is the priority application deadline binding? If I’m admitted, when do I have to confirm my enrollment?

The November 1 priority application deadline is non-binding. Admitted students have until May 1 to confirm their enrollment at Maryland.

Q: What happens if my application is incomplete by the November 1 priority application deadline? What about the regular application deadline?

If you are unable to complete your application by the priority deadline, you can still be considered for the regular application deadline if you submit a completed application and all required materials by January 20.

Applications completed after the regular application deadline will only be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

Q: How does the University of Maryland (UMD) review applications for admission?

The undergraduate admissions process is rigorous and individualized. Maryland employs a holistic review process that utilizes 26 unique review factors.

Q: What does a competitive freshman applicant look like?

Admitted freshman students have a strong A-/B+ or better average in their high school coursework and are enrolled in the most challenging courses available to them including honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Recent admitted freshman profile information can be found on our About Maryland page.

Q: What do I need to submit for my application to be complete?

For an application to be complete, all items on the application checklist must be submitted and received by our office. Only completed applications will be reviewed and receive an admission decision.

Q: How do I submit application documents like letters of recommendation and transcripts through the Coalition?

The Coalition application has free, built-in tools that allow you to request that letters of recommendation and transcripts be sent directly from teachers and counselors. These items will appear in your Locker as received and you can include them when submitting your application to The University of Maryland. You cannot view or edit these items. 

The University of Maryland will still accept application materials submitted through Naviance, Parchment and mail. For a list of acceptable submission methods, review our Submitting Documents page. Items submitted outside of the Coalition can take up to two weeks to process and reflect in the Application Tracker.

Q: Can I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

Yes. Maryland requires two letters of recommendation for a completed application: one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. If you have further letters of recommendation you would like to submit, please feel free to do so.

Q: Does Maryland prefer the SAT or the ACT?

We accept both standardized tests and have no preference on which test an applicant takes.

Q: Will Maryland superscore my standardized test scores?

Yes, we superscore both the SAT and ACT. We use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application, so it is to your benefit to submit all of your test scores. Please note that we will accept scores from the redesigned SAT, first administered in March 2016, but these scores will not be combined with scores from the old SAT.

Q: Is the writing portion of the SAT/ACT required? What about subject tests?

No, we do not require subject tests or scores from the writing sections of the SAT or ACT. Even if these scores are sent to us, they are not one of the 26 factors we review for admission.

Q: How do I know if my application materials have been received?

When you indicate that you are applying to the University of Maryland (UMD) in the Coalition application, you will have access to the Application Tracker, which tracks your progress toward completing UMD’s application. It can take up to two weeks for documents submitted outside of the Coalition to process and reflect in the Application Tracker. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify receipt of all items in the application checklist. We do not send out individual notifications regarding missing documents.

Q: I submitted my standardized test scores more than two weeks ago, but it does not appear that the University of Maryland (UMD) received them. Why is that?

Standardized test scores can take several weeks to process and be received by our office. Please confirm that the testing agency submitted your scores to the University of Maryland, College Park, using the SAT code 5814 or ACT code 1746. Applicants often send their scores to other institutions in the University System of Maryland by mistake.

If your scores were sent to the University of Maryland, College Park, confirm that the first, middle and last names indicated on your test is the same as those used on your application. Different spellings can result in scores not matching with application files.

If you have confirmed both of these details, and still have questions, please email us.

Q: If I submit new test scores and/or application materials after the deadline I am applying for, will they be reviewed with the rest of my application?

Only materials postmarked by the deadline will be reviewed for admission. We cannot guarantee that new scores or materials postmarked after the deadline will be reviewed as part of the application.

Q: I made an error with my social security number. What should I do?

If you listed the incorrect social security number on your application, please email us and we will provide you with next steps for resolving this issue. Do not include your corrected number or a card copy in your email to our office, but rather your full name and date of birth and then a message regarding the mistake. Please include "SSN Error" in the subject line of your email. 

Q: I have changes to my demographic information since submitting my application. How can I correct this?

Send us an email. In the body of the email, please write your full name, date of birth and the high school you attend along with any demographic information that should be updated.

Q: How will I know when my admission decision is available for review?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send you an email to notify you when your admissions decision is ready. Follow the instructions listed in the email to view your admission decision online. For security purposes, please note that we cannot reveal admission decisions over the phone.

If you are offered admission to Maryland, you will also receive a general welcome letter from Undergraduate Admissions in the mail a few days later.

Q: How do you evaluate college credit earned while in high school?

High school students are usually encouraged to take advanced-level classes in their school rather than earn college credit. We are most interested in how you have performed in high school. Admission decisions will be based primarily on factors typically submitted in the application, though college credit may be used as one additional piece of information.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?

Visit our website to review the estimated tuition and fees for the University of Maryland.

Q: How do I apply for merit and need-based financial aid?

All students who apply by the November 1 priority application deadline are automatically considered for all merit scholarships. No separate application is required. Students seeking need-based financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Q: When is the FAFSA deadline?

The deadline to submit the FAFSA is January 1. The school code for the University of Maryland is 002103. Visit our website for more information on filling out the FAFSA.

Q: Outside of merit scholarships and submitting the FAFSA, what other ways can I look into financing my education?

To learn more about all of your financial aid options, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Q: How and when will I find out about if I received a scholarship?

For admitted student who applied by the November 1 priority deadline, financial aid decisions will be released electronically by April 1. Student awarded a merit scholarship will receive a notification in the mail by April 1. Admitted students who applied by the January 20 regular deadline are not considered for merit scholarships. You can view your financial aid status online and visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information. 

Q: What are the residency requirements for in-state tuition?

In order to qualify for in-state tuition, a student must prove that they (or the parent/guardian of a financially dependent applicant) is a financially contributing citizen of the state of Maryland and has been so for at least one full year (12 consecutive months). To demonstrate eligibility for Maryland residency, students must submit the residency questionnaire portion of the admission application. Residency can be determined by factors such as holding a Maryland driver’s license, paying Maryland taxes and proving that the primary reason for living in Maryland is not to attend the university.

Q: I was classified as an out-of-state applicant. Can this be corrected?

Please review our residency reclassification policy to determine eligibility. You may need to submit additional documentation to request residency reconsideration. Please email oua-residency@umd.edu if you are seeking to have your residency reclassified.

Q: I have a relative who is a veteran. Can these benefits be applied to my tuition costs?

You may be eligible to receive these benefits at Maryland. For information regarding veteran benefits, please click here. Please note that we do not need proof of military service and other related documentation until after you are offered admission to the university. 

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