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University of Maryland, College Park - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission to the Clark School of Engineering is limited. Applicants are reviewed and will be admitted directly on a competitive basis. Evaluation is based on high school grades, standardized test scores, activities, leadership and demonstrations of potential to succeed. An applicant may apply to any of the majors offered within the School. An applicant also has the option of entering as an Undecided Engineering major and will typically choose a degree program in the first year.

National Merit and National Achievement Finalists and Semifinalists, Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalists, and Banneker/Key Scholars are admitted directly to the School.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

No separate admissions requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Most international applicants are evaluated and admitted on the basis of their academic backgrounds, presenting records with marks of "very good" to "excellent." International applicants who present one full year (28 semester hours or 42 quarter hours) of acceptable university-level credit will be considered for admission as transfer students. Those with less than one full year of acceptable credit must also meet the freshman admission requirements for international applicants. A completed application consists of an application form, non-refundable application fee, official academic records, proof of English language proficiency, visa records and (for F1 and J1 visa holders) certification of funds. Non-native English speakers who seek admission to the university must verify their proficiency in English by taking the TOEFL. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who earn a verbal SAT of 480 or higher do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Those who score at least 575 on the paper based test or 233 on the computer based TOEFL may be admitted to the university if they meet all other entrance requirements. A non-refundable fee of $65.00 US dollars will be required with each application from an international student. More details can be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-5235 or check the following website:

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as in-state requirements.

Residency Requirements


Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Both external (outside UMCP) and internal transfers (meaning current UMCP students whose major is NOT engineering) will be admitted to the Clark School if they meet the following admission requirements:

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the University of Maryland and all other institutions is required for internal and external transfer students.
Completion of MATH 141 with minimum grade of B- or better*
Completion of PHYS 161 with a minimum grade of B- or better*
Completion of either CHEM 135 or CHEM 271 or CHEM134 (students who take CHEM134 must also have completed CHEM131) with a minimum grade of C-
Students interested in applying to Bioengineering must also complete BIOE 120 with a minimum grade of B-.

Limited Enrollment Programs guidelines:

Only one gateway or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once. When more than one course can satisfy a gateway requirement, taking a second course from the list will count as a repeat. (Please note that a grade of "W" is considered an attempt and must be repeated).
Students may apply only once to an LEP.
Students who were directly admitted and fail to meet the performance review criteria will be dismissed from the major and may not reapply.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 after admission to an LEP. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major.
If you have additional questions about the transfer process, evaluation of credits or admission criteria please e-mail

If you have questions specific to the application or your admission status please contact the Limited Enrollment Advisor/Representative of Undergraduate Admissions at

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 147
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 32