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

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The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the eminent research institutes in the USA. Acknowledged globally for its innovation and entrepreneurship, it has a student body of more than 41,000 students and about 14,000 faculty and staff. It has 12 academic colleges and schools which offer 97 undergraduate, 113 postgraduate and 84 doctoral programs.

According to the annual report of the University of Maryland, in Fall 2019, out of 176,900 applicants, 63% of students were accepted out of which 41% (approximately 45,797) were enrolled.

The acceptance rate of 44.5% makes it a moderately competitive university. 48 programs offered by this institute rank in the ‘top 25’ by the U.S News and World Report.

  • Undergraduate students should apply through Coalition Application
  • Graduate students must apply through the official website
  • 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 PortalUG: Coalition Application
PG: Official Website
Application Fee75 USD
Acceptance Rate44.5%
Mode of PaymentVisa/MasterCard Credit Card
SAT Score Range1280-1470
ACT Score Range29-34
Student-faculty ratio18:1
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall, spring and winter
Financial AidAvailable 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 different programs. Applicants must visit the program page to confirm their program's admission requirements and deadlines.

Fall enrollment – August (late)

Student TypeEarly Action DeadlineEarly Action Decision ReleaseRegular DeadlineRegular Deadline Decision ReleaseEnrollment Confirmation Deadline
US and International UndergraduateNovember 1By February 1January 20By April 1May 1
US, International and TransferMarch 1By Late AprilJune 1By Mid July30 days from date of admission
International Students applying to UMD at Shady GroveJune 1Rolling basisN/AN/ABefore the beginning of the semester admission

Spring enrollment – January(late)

Student TypeEarly Action DeadlineEarly Action Decision ReleaseRegular DeadlineEnrollment Confirmation Deadline
International freshman and transferAugust 1By Late OctoberMust apply by Aug 130 days from date of admission
International students applying at UMD at Shady GroveAugust 1Rolling basisN/ABefore the beginning of the semester of admission

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

International Students Admission Requirements

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 standerdized tests
  • 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 TestsMinimum Scores required for Full Enrollment (effective Fall 2020)

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 International Requirements

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.

University of Maryland International Graduate Requirements

University of Maryland International Graduate Requirements

In Fall 2019, University of Maryland enrolled 10,232 students for post graduate programs. Out of this, about 41% 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 offcial website of the respective programs.

Application fee – 75 USD

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

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)

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:

RequirementsElectrical and Computer EngineeringMBAComputer ScienceAccountingPublic Health
DeadlineMarch 6, 2020March 1, 2020December 13, 2019March 15, 2020Varies with programs
Application Fee75 USD75 USD75 USD75 USD75 USD
Application PortalApplyApplyYourselfApplyYourselfApplyYourselfSOPHAS
GMAT/GREGRE RequiredRequiredGRE RequiredRequiredMay be Required
English Language ProficiencyRequiredRequired; Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score 100/7.0RequiredRequiredRequired
LORsThree RequiredRequiredThree RequiredOne, RequiredThree, Required
Additional RequirementsN/AGPA 2.8/4.0; EssayN/AEssayN/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.

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