Skip to main content

Maryland Ascent Program

The Maryland Ascent Program (MAP) helps selected first-generation college students from Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools navigate the complex world of college admission.

Rising high school seniors are eligible to participate in MAP and must first be recommended by their school counselor via the MAP Counselor Recommendation Form.

MAP is a program sponsored by the University of Maryland (UMD) to help selected first-generation college students from Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools navigate the complex world of college admission. Over a series of sessions during the fall semester, selected students will receive sustained assistance through staff in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and current UMD students to take their first steps toward a college degree. MAP provides participants, known as Ascent Fellows, educational, motivational, and practical tools modeled after those used by private college counselors.

Ascent Fellows have access to workshops and resources provided by UMD's Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Aid. Participation in all workshops is mandatory to be an Ascent Fellow and access all of the benefits of the program.

To apply to the Maryland Ascent Program, please complete the MAP Application and return the application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in one of the following ways:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Maryland
ATTN: "Courtney Milton - Maryland Ascent Program"
Mitchell Building

7999 Regents Dr.
College Park, MD 20742


Terps love a challenge. A problem that needs a solution. A barrier that needs breaking down. You are smart, scrappy and determined. You value diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship and imagination. Ready to start your fearless journey?


You can only learn so much about a school from a brochure. Even if we tell you how beautiful our campus is, or how fantastic our students and faculty are, you will not know for yourself until you experience it for yourself!

Come try on our campus for size! Stop by one of our top-notch athletic facilities. Have a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Dairy. Rub the nose of one of our beloved Testudo statues for good luck. Get all your questions answered. It won't be hard to picture yourself at home here for the next four years. 

Virtual Visit

Unable to make it to campus? Explore our beautiful campus from anywhere in the world!

Virtual Tour



You have done your research and explored your options, and you know that UMD is the perfect place for you. Now it is time to apply. 

Start Your Application

About the Coalition for College

Coalition FAQS / Student Resources / Counselor and Mentor Resources


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.



State of Maryland Residents


Non-Maryland Residents


Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! We are excited to welcome you into our world of fearless ideas.

You’ve received your admission letter, checked out your major and started celebrating with family and friends. To make enrollment official, check out information for newly admitted students to get everything you need to start your academic career at UMD. 

Enroll Now