Enrollment Programs - these majors have competitive requirements
for admissions beyond the recommended 3.0 overall GPA necessary for all
other majors: Architecture, Biological Resource Engineering, Business,
Communication, Education, Engineering, Government and Politics, Journalism,
Landscape Architecture, Psychology. Students applying to
LEP majors are usually admitted first to the University, and then admitted
to the LEP competitive major. For example, a business student will be
admitted to Letters and Sciences (the undecided major pool) first, and
then to business when all necessary information is in. There are no
separate applications for LEP majors - just the application for admission,
but additional information may also need to accompany the application -
see LEP requirements pages.
List of AP
Credits & Scores Accepted by UMCP - UMCP
will not accept AP credit from a language course if the student is a
native speaker of that language.
Credits Accepted by UMCP - CLEP foreign language tests are not accepted.
Spring Admits - Each year, UMCP admits some high schools
seniors into the Spring freshman class rather than Fall. They are
sent a letter suggesting (but not requiring) that students take courses at
community college. This link includes a special list of CORE Courses
for Spring Admits.
MA 116 Note for >Communication,
>Criminology & Criminal
Justice, >Sociology and
>Psychology Majors: MC students who take
MA 116 for these majors will fulfill three requirements: the
lower-level statistics prerequisite for an upper-level stat to be
taken at UMCP; the CORE Fundamental Math requirement; and the additional Math
requirement for the Science/Math portion of CORE (MS). This
"triple duty" course is unique to MC students because MA 116
fulfills a Math Gen Ed at MC. The same triple effectiveness is not
true for Business majors because a second math, MA 160, is required as
a Gateway course, so business students may take either MA 116 or
BA 210, Statistics for Business Administration.
Notes for MC Students Frequently
Asked Transfer Questions Page, UMCP
Who is a Transfer Student?
UMCP looks for a student with 30 credits completed on a transcript
at the time of application (excluding EL/RD courses), including EN 102 or
109 and MA 110 or higher. Students with less than 30 credits will be
asked to submit high school transcripts and SAT scores.
When to Apply - the current
published deadlines for transfer are March 1 for Fall, December 1 for
Spring. The March deadline is a preferred deadline, but
students may continue to apply on a space available basis until July
1. Earlier is better not only to be admitted but to receive maximum
consideration for financial aid.
Admissions Notification: UMCP sends
admissions decisions to students on a rolling basis. Students
usually hear something by late April for Fall and by late November for
Spring if their applications are complete. The following are some reasons students might not
get a definite decision:
- They have less than 30 credits /
and/or they do not have EN 102 or EN 109 and/or MA 110 or higher
completed when they applied. These students will be asked
to submit a
high school transcript and an official copy of their SAT
score. They may be told that they won't hear until final
grades are posted at the end of the current semester.
Important: students must send an updated transcript at the
end of this semester in ALL cases - and they should NOT
hand-carry the transcript to UMCP - they need to request that it
be SENT to UMCP electronically. Transcripts are
automatically sent electronically now if a student writes "UMCP"
as the place where they want a transcript sent. The
electronic version goes right into their record so decisions can
be made quickly.
- The student had less than a 3.0
cumulative GPA showing on their transcript when they applied and
fewer than 56 credits. UMCP will want to see a final
transcript from this current semester. If the student had
56 credits (excluding EL/RD) showing on the transcript when
they applied and a 2.0 or higher, then they may get an
automatic admit based on the 56 credits or completion of an AA
Maryland transfer rule. www.mhec.state.md.us/preparing/stuguide.asp#Principles Please be aware that a student with less than a 3.0 overall
GPA is moving to an increasingly competitive atmosphere at
College Park. If the student is completing an AA this
semester and currently has less than 56 credits completed,
with between a 2.0 and a 3.0, UMCP will likely want to see the
final transcript at the end of May before admitting. This
"56 credit or AA degree" admission policy is based on
space availability and may not always be offered, depending on
the number of regularly qualified applicants.
- If the student's native
language is not English - UMCP wants proof of
English language proficiency either with a
completed AA or TOEFL scores. Montgomery College is under
a new English language proficiency pilot now: if the student
had an A in EN 102 or EN 109 and a good overall GPA in general
education and academic courses, they may waive the TOEFL
requirement; or if the student had a B in EN 102/109 and a very strong overall GPA in general education courses, they may
also waive the TOEFL. Students need to contact a
counselor @ MC if this is the case and Maryland is still asking
for TOEFL scores - Anne Schleicher @ Germantown, Joan
Hawkins @ Rockville, or Gerry Block @ Takoma Park. If the
student does not fit the pilot requirements, then they do need
to show completion of an AA or TOEFL Test Scores or a passing
score on UMCP's English Test.
When in doubt, students should call
UMCP! Students should call the Office of Admissions
if they are concerned about the status of their applications.
301.314.8385 / 1.800.422.5867
Math Placement Test for Transfer
Students: All transfer students will be asked to take a Math
Placement test during Orientation, EVEN IF THEY'VE
COMPLETED A COLLEGE-LEVEL MATH AT M.C. UMCP wants math
scores for all students in case they want to take additional
courses that may have a higher math prerequisite. Students are
often shocked that they have to take this test, but it's required, so
prepare for it - the UMCP website has study info - find it also by doing
a search on the UMCP website for "Math placement test". www.math.umd.edu/undergraduate/credit/placement.shtml
Students - UMCP has different admissions deadlines
for international students - and students who have earned university
credits in a school outside the United States must have their course
work evaluated by UMCP, not by an international credit evaluating
company, so the earlier the application, the better (prior to the
published suggested deadlines). Note that UMCP will not accept
CLEP Language tests.
Majors: UMCP now PREFERS that students complete
the AAT prior to transfer. Montgomery College offers the following
AAT's : AAT
in Elementary Education ; AAT
in Early Childhood Education; AAT
in Secondary Education - Mathematics; AAT
in Secondary Education - Physics; and AAT
in Secondary Education - Spanish. Secondary
Education: the mathematics requirement for Secondary Education is
different that the MA's required for Elementary Education. For
Secondary Education subjects not covered by an AAT, follow the ARTSYS
School and Winter (January) Term courses at UMCP are open to all
students. There is a separate admissions application for visiting
students who want to take only Summer or Winter (January) courses.
BMGT (Business) courses are open to all students in the summer on a
first-come, first-served basis, so some students are able to get BMGT
credits even if they have not been admitted to Smith to enhance their
Questions About UMCP
Frequently Asked Transfer
Questions Page, UMCP
- Can I transfer in mid-year?
- Will I get housing in a dorm on
campus? Probably not, but students may apply
anyway - only a very limited number of spaces are available to
transfer students. Also visit Off
Campus Housing Services.
- Can I attend evening classes UMCP?
Generally not - undergraduate classes are primarily offered during
- Can I go to school part-time?
Yes, but plan on taking day classes.
- Can I continue to take classes at
Montgomery College while going to Maryland? Yes, if you
have not transferred the maximum of 60 credits, you may still be
able to take courses at MC. Once you begin at UMCP, you need
to get Permission to
Enroll to come back and take classes at MC. See a
UMCP Adviser for more information.
- Can I meet with an adviser at UMCP
to talk about my major? Contact the individual department
that interests you to speak with advisers.