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    University of Maryland 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    University of Maryland admissions are highly selective, With an acceptance rate of 44% in the Fall of 2019. A total of 33,012 applicants applied for admissions this semester, 14,525 students were offered admission. Currently, 40,743 (30,511 undergraduate) students are enrolled in the university representing students from 50 states and 105 countries. 

    • Programs offered by the University of Maryland include 102 undergraduate majors, 115 master's programs, and 84 doctoral programs offered through its 12 schools and colleges through its schools of James Clark College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Humanities, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, School of Music, College of behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, College of Education, College of Information Studies, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Robert H. Smith School of Business, and School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. It has made the SAT/ACT score optional due to COVID 19, and will not require submission of SAT or ACT scores from students applying for undergraduate admission during the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters.
    • The University of Maryland invites admissions in the Fall and Spring semesters.
    • International applicants must submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent)
    • It also considers the rigor of courses undertaken to evaluate applications.
    • The median starting salary of the graduates of Maryland is 50,600 USD and is considered to be one of the highest in the US


    Application Portal UG: Coalition Application
    PG: Official Website
    Application Fee 75 USD
    Acceptance Rate 44.5%
    Mode of Payment Visa/MasterCard Credit Card
    SAT Score Range 1280-1470
    ACT Score Range 29-34
    Student-faculty ratio 18:1
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Intake Seasons Fall, spring and winter
    Financial Aid Available for International Students

    University of Maryland Admission Deadlines

    Each department has its own deadline depending on the program as there are different admission cycles and requirements for US universities. Applicants must visit the program page to confirm their program's admission requirements and deadlines.

    Fall enrollment – August (late)

    Student Type Early Action Deadline Early Action Decision Release Regular Deadline Regular Deadline Decision Release Enrollment Confirmation Deadline
    US and International Undergraduate November 1 By February 1 January 20 By April 1 May 1
    US, International and Transfer March 1 By Late April June 1 By Mid July 30 days from date of admission
    International Students applying to UMD at Shady Grove June 1 Rolling basis N/A N/A Before the beginning of the semester admission

    Spring enrollment – January (late)

    Student Type Early Action Deadline Early Action Decision Release Regular Deadline Enrollment Confirmation Deadline
    International freshman and transfer August 1 By Late October Must apply by Aug 1 30 days from date of admission
    International students applying at UMD at Shady Grove August 1 Rolling basis N/A Before the beginning of the semester of admission

    Students must apply by priority deadline for merit-based scholarships and admissions considerations. Candidates applying after regular deadline will be considered for rolling, space-available based admissions.

    International Students Admission 

    All international applicants are required to submt their post-secondary/university academic credentials for an academic evaluation by one of the two third-party evaluators listed on the official university website. Applicants can choose either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Josef Silney& Associates (JS&A).

    Applicants need to provide the following if they have completed their previous studies from and institute outside the US:

    • Scanned copies of all previous degrees/ certificates/diploma. 
    • Original transcripts
    • Scores of required standardized tests for US
    • Course-by-course evaluation(by a third party evaluator)
    • Resume/Activities and awards list
    • Proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses (Financial certification)

    Supporting international documents may not be necessarily used while submitting applications but are required once the student has been admitted to the university.

    University of Maryland English Language Proficiency Requirement

    International students from non- native English speaking countries should fulfill English proficiency requirements. Starting with Fall 2020 admissions, new iBT TOEFL scores will be required.

    English Proficiency Tests Minimum Scores required for Full Enrollment (effective Fall 2020)
    TOEFL (iBT) 96
    IELTS 7.0
    PTE 68

    All testing scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL superscores are no longer accepted. Proficiency test scores must be less than two years old from the date of test.

    Visa Process for International Applicants

    Once admitted, international students can obtain the I-20 form from the University's office of International Student and Scholar Services. Once the Certification of finances and enrollment has been confirmed, the form will be issued to the student.

    When offered admission to the University of Maryland, students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa will need to obtain a passport from their government and a visa from the US embassy/consulate. 

    University of Maryland Undergraduate Admissions

    The University of Maryland offers over 200-degree programs, more than 92 undergraduate majors through 12 schools and colleges. According to the annual report, Fall 2019 received more than 33,000 applications for first-year undergraduate programs. The average SAT scores of the middle 50% of applicants were between 1330-1470, while the average ACT ranged from 30-34.

    How to apply – University accepts admissions only through Coalition Application 

    Application Fee – 75 USD

    Requirements – Two letters of recommendation, one from applicant's school counselor and one from a teacher. Must be sent directly from the recommender, official copy of high school transcripts, English Language proficiency test scores, official standardized test scores and activities and awards list or resume.

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for University of Maryland admissions:

    • Completed Application
    • Official High School Transcripts
      • Must be accompanied by English translations if not in English.
    • SAT/ACT Scores (Optional)
    • Essay
    • Two Letters of recommendation to study in US (One from the head of the school, principal or other higher authority, and one from a high school teacher)
    • List of Activities/Resume
    • School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)
    • International applicants must submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo). Minimum required scores are:
    • Bank Statements
    • Verification/Affidavit of Sponsor’s Financial Support Form

    University of Maryland Graduate Requirements

    University of Maryland International Graduate Requirements

    In Fall 2019, the University of Maryland enrolled 10,232 students for postgraduate programs. Out of this, about 41% of graduate students got an assistantship, making it one of the preferred institutes for pursuing postgraduation in the US. Almost 700 students are enrolled in non-degree-seeking graduate courses or certificate programs.

    How to Apply – Candidates can apply by an online graduate application available on the official website of the respective programs.

    Application fee – 75 USD

    Requirements – Letters of recommendation, official transcripts, standardized test scores(GRE/GMAT), English language requirements (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE), a copy of the passport.

    The top five Masters degree awarded by the University of Maryland are:

    • Masters in Business Administration
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction
    • Master of Finance (MFin)
    • Accounting (MS)
    • Public Policy (MPP)

    The top five graduate programs opted by international students are:

    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Information Systems (Business)

    University of Maryland admission requirements, deadlines, application portal and additional information for some of the popular programs are tabulated below:

    Requirements Electrical and Computer Engineering MBA Computer Science Accounting Public Health
    Deadline March 6, 2020 March 1, 2020 December 13, 2019 March 15, 2020 Varies with programs
    Application Fee 75 USD 75 USD 75 USD 75 USD 75 USD
    Application Portal Apply ApplyYourself ApplyYourself ApplyYourself SOPHAS
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
    GMAT/GRE GRE Required Required GRE Required Required May be Required
    English Language Proficiency Required Required; Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score 100/7.0 Required Required Required
    CV/Resume Required Required Required Required Required
    LORs Three Required Required Three Required One, Required Three, Required
    SOP Required N/A Required N/A Required
    Additional Requirements N/A GPA 2.8/4.0; Essay N/A Essay N/A

    International students are recommended to apply early as their application review takes time and they may need extra time to meet their visa and international documentation requirements. University of Maryland admission decisions timeline may vary for some prorams depending on the number of applicants and type of deadline.

    University of Maryland Transfer Students requirements

    Students who have completed their High Shcool or are in the process of completing it can apply as transfer students. Completion of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours is mandatory.

    How-to-apply – Candidates can apply through MyCoalition 

    Application Fee – 75 USD 

    Requirements – Completion of online application, official copy of college transcripts, official copy of high school transcripts, letter of recommendation, activities and award lists, official standardized test scores and English language test scores.

    Assessment and Decisions

    Academic transcripts of a candidate are assessed on the basis of varies academic characteristics that determine the candidate’s potential. The characteristics are as follows;-

    • Previous educational performance
    • Potential for college studies and the course opted by the student
    • Student’s diligence for educational success 
    • Ability to contribute to community life and campus

    Maryland’s selection process is based on the ideology that an applicant, as an individual or as a group must be benefited from the campus learning environment and entire student body. An admission committee reviews each and every application with a rigorous and holistic manner.


    Ques. Do I need to have SAT/ACT scores while applying to the University of Maryland?

    Ans. Yes, although for the current 2021 admissions due to COVID-19, the University of Maryland has made the test scores optional requirements for applicants.

    Ques. How do I know if my application materials have been received?

    Ans. Applicants can track the application status and confirm receipt of application materials online through the Terps Application Portal. It may take up to two weeks for recently submitted materials to be listed as received on your checklist and it is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of all required materials.

    Ques. Can I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

    Ans. Yes. Applicants can submit more than two letters of recommendation.

    Ques. Do I need to submit separate forms for scholarships/awards/grants at the University of Maryland?

    Ans. No, all applicants are considered for scholarships/awards/grants at the University of Maryland based on their application form.

    University of Maryland - UMD, Maryland, usa: 1 answered questions


    Ques. Which is better, Syracuse University or the University of Maryland?

    ● Top Answer By Mayank Badhwar on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Which one is a “better” university depends on what you are studying and what you want to achieve out of the education. Syracuse is a private institute in New York while the University of Maryland is a public higher education institute in Maryland. Ranking wise too both are ranked #58 among the top US universities by US News. So finally it comes down to your preference of study. You should visit both the campuses, talk to their respective admission offices and understand the opportunities available to the graduates. If however, you live in the states of Maryland or DC area, you should definitely consider the University of Maryland as being a state university, you can save lots on your education bills. University of Maryland has a very strong STEM program. Its engineering department which includes chemical engineering and fire protection engineering along with the traditional mathematics, physics and computer science departments are very well renowned. Their literature and criminal justice programs are also really very good. However, the professional courses offered by the university are just about average. This is where Syracuse University excels at. If you want to study public relations, advertising, film making, broadcast and digital journalism, you should choose the Newhouse School of Communications and the School of Information Studies of Syracuse University. Similarly the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is excellent for public affairs study while The Whitman School of Management and the law school are also quite reputed in their field of study within the university.Read more
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