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UMD Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto UMD, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 20 and the fee for the application costs $75. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from UMD by April 1.

Applying Early to UMD?

University of Maryland, College Park does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! UMD will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31. UMD accepts about 59% of early action applicants* and 51% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year, UMD admitted 14,323 of the 24,15 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is UMD Hard To Get Into?

UMD is amoderately difficult school to get into. UMD evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UMD **accepted 51% of students, around 16,437 of the 32,211 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UMD, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to architecture, business and management, engineering, education, journalism programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of Maryland, getting into University of Maryland, College Park is very difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to UMD?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UMD

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UMD Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UMD must submit the following items. Double check with UMD's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Resume of activities, audition for music applicants, drawing requirement for architecture applicants
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UMD?

Students admitted to UMD have an average unweighted GPA of 4.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 40% submitted a class rank. At UMD 73% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 89% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Maryland, College Park, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 40%
3.75 and 3.99 0.2%
3.50 and 3.74 3.2%
3.25 and 3.49 1.6%
3.00 and 3.24 0.8%
2.50 and 2.9 0.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%
UMD does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UMD is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 84% of UMD's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UMD?

To be competitive with other UMD applicants, you should strive to earn between 1290 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UMD 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1290, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UMD students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 630 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UMD students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 630 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UMD?

To be most competitive at UMD, you should strive to earn between 29 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UMD's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UMD students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

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Transferring to University of Maryland, College Park

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UMD.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Applicants should hear back by July 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UMD during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

UMD Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UMD?

Students who are admitted to UMD must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does UMD accept transfer credits?

UMD accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UMD accepts:

CLEP subject tests

Does UMD accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UMD accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UMD?

No, UMD is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is UMD's acceptance rate?

UMD's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UMD?

The early action acceptance rate at UMD was 59% in 2021.

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UMD Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UMD? UMD is a somewhat selective institution. The UMD acceptance rate is 51%. This means that the institution accepts 51 out of every 100 applicants.



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UMD Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 20

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMD is Jan 20.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMD is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UMD ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


29 to 34


29 and Less


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UMD SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1460


Math SAT Range

640 - 760


Reading SAT Range

630 - 720

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UMD, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.36. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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