Counselor Resources

Academic Curricular Exams and Other External Credit

Transfer Credit Services facilitates the evaluation of credit for new students who have earned college credit from another institution or successfully completed Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB), and A/AS level examinations.

You can look up transfer course equivalencies for courses taken at a previous institution using Transfer Credit Services.

Students who have earned college credit in the United States and submitted official transcripts may access their transfer credit evaluation online 10 business days after receiving a letter of admission. If a student has credit from overseas institutions, this process may take a bit longer and is dependent on the receipt of translated transcripts and course descriptions. In order to access this evaluation, he or she needs a Directory ID and password.

Please note that a student’s evaluation is preliminary and ongoing. Every effort will be made to provide a comprehensive evaluation before class registration.

Financial Aid

The University of Maryland offers an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable. Nearly 75 percent of UMD freshmen receive some form of financial aid.

To be considered for need-based financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Two categories of need-based aid are available: gift aid (grants) and self-help (loans and Federal Work-Study). Eligibility requirements vary, with the neediest students receiving the most gift aid. Eligible students may be awarded either or both types of need-based aid. For priority consideration, the federal processor must receive the FAFSA by February 15 (UMD school code: 002103). We strongly recommend that a completed FAFSA be mailed or completed online as soon as possible after January 1, but no later than February 1 in order for it to arrive by the priority deadline for the fall.

To be considered for most merit scholarships, entering freshmen applying for the fall semester must submit their completed application for undergraduate admission by the November 1 priority deadline. The eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary, with the most talented entering freshmen receiving the most prestigious scholarships. Merit scholarship award notifications begin in early March and continue through early April.

Fee Waivers

We will waive the application fee for high school seniors who are National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic finalists or semifinalists. We also honor fee waivers granted by College Board, the American College Testing (ACT) program and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). A copy of the fee waiver including student name, birthdate and Social Security number should be submitted to admissions office. The processing and review of your student’s application will continue without receipt of payment.


General education program

Our new general education program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting and expansive range of courses available at Maryland. These courses will expand students’ program of study, challenge their preconceptions and broaden their worldview. Courses emphasize rigor, innovation and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to consider diversity in all its forms and to enhance their learning beyond the classroom, through study abroad, internships, research or other special experiences.


Limited Enrollment Programs

Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs) are competitive majors that control enrollment numbers to maintain quality. A full list of programs and detailed information on LEP requirements can be found here.


Online recommendation submissions

This system allows teachers and guidance counselors to complete student-requested recommendations using a simple, secure website. The site allows recommenders to easily upload letters and other materials and reduces processing time.


Rosters and applicant information

We have established an online service to allow you to see reports on the students from your high school who have applied to the University of Maryland. You will need to establish a PIN in order to access these reports. Please contact your admission representative in the admissions office to set up your access.


Request printed material

Upon request, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide printed material and promotional items to high school counselors. Please visit Request Materials to have information about UMD’s academic programs, financial aid and campus life sent to you.


Visit Information

Students, counselors and advisors have a number of options for visiting campus. If you are interested in bringing a group of 10 or more students to campus for a tour, please click here.

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