Freshmen

You want to be part of a talented, diverse and interesting class at Maryland, right? Creating just that kind of class is the goal of the Admission Committee. It considers all aspects of your qualifications and offers admission to the most competitive applicants in order to build a vibrant class of first-year students.

As prescribed by the Board of Regents, the university expects you, at a minimum, to have completed the following course work by high school graduation:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of math, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students who complete Algebra II prior to their final year must complete the four- year mathematics requirement by taking a course or courses that utilize non-trivial algebra. Examples of courses meeting this requirement include Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus and successor courses, Statistics, and College Algebra.
  • Three years of history or social science
  • Three years of science in at least two different areas, with at least two lab experiences
  • Two years of a foreign language


To stand out, you should exceed that minimum, taking several honors and/or Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses and additional academic electives.

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