Counselor Resources

Academic Achievement Program

The University of Maryland Academic Achievement Program (AAP) is designed to provide advising, skill enhancement, tutoring and counseling during a student’s first two years at Maryland, and general support through to graduation. Students referred to AAP typically have high school records and test scores that confirm their commitment to their academic pursuits but suggest they may benefit from additional academic support.

As a federally funded program, students must meet specific requirements to be admitted to AAP and enroll in the fall, including participation in testing to assess the academic areas in which support is needed, and must successfully complete a six-week summer transitional program. Students referred to AAP are admitted conditionally to the university. These students will receive follow-up information in the mail explaining requirements and necessary documents.


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), Cambridge International (CI) or International Baccalaureate (IB) 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.

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.

Freshmen Connection

Spring-admitted students can begin their Maryland education in the Fall 2014 semester by participating in Freshmen Connection. Freshmen Connection is a fall semester academic program administered by the Office of Extended Studies that allows students to get on track to graduate in four years and discover all that Maryland has to offer. The program is open only to freshmen who confirm spring admission to the University of Maryland. Students enroll in university courses, take classes with other students in the program, form study groups and develop social networks. Courses are taught by Maryland faculty in campus classrooms 3–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday. Grades earned post to the university transcript and are included in the student’s Maryland GPA.

Students can learn more about Freshmen Connection at information sessions held during the university’s Admitted Student Open House events, webcasts and through the Freshmen Connection office. The program follows the university’s fall academic semester calendar and adheres to all university policies and procedures.


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.


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.

Spring admission and the waitlist

We offer spring admission to a number of talented students whom we are unable to accommodate during the fall semester. In addition, some of these students may be placed on our waitlist for fall. These students are notified about their final decision by June 1. Admission to the university for the spring semester offers students the same academic and social opportunities available during the fall. Students admitted for the spring have several options for the fall semester, including participating in Freshmen Connection, Destination London, community service, traveling, working or earning credits at an accredited college or university for transfer to the University of Maryland.

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