We're so glad you're considering applying to University of Maryland University College, and we look forward to welcoming you. New students and those students who have not registered for classes at UMUC in the past two years will need to apply for admission.
Undergraduate Admissions Criteria for New Students
At UMUC, we offer a streamlined, achievement-based admissions process that does not require the SAT. To attend UMUC, you must provide proof of having graduated high school or having earned passing scores on the General Education Development—also known as GED—examination.
If you provide official college transcripts showing at least 24 semester hours of transferable college credit, you will not be required to submit an official high school transcript or GED scores. Graduates of U.S. colleges or universities qualify for admission. If you do not show at least 24 semester hours of transferable college credit, you must submit your official high school transcript.
You must complete and sign your application and pay the application fee.
A qualified applicant who wants to receive credit for courses (whether intending to receive a degree or not) is admitted as a regular student. Admission as a regular student is granted to U.S.-educated applicants who fulfill one of the following academic requirements:
- Graduation from a state-approved or regionally accredited high school
- Passing scores on a state high school equivalency exam such as the GED
- Graduation from a homeschooling or alternative high school program approved by the UMUC Admissions Office (additional admissions documentation may be required)
- Graduation from an international high school with a credential evaluated as equivalent to a U.S. high school degree by an approved international credentials evaluation agency
An academic probation or dismissal that occurred at least two years before the date of your application for admission has no bearing on your admissions status. However, a disciplinary dismissal that occurred within three years of the date of your application for admission may have a bearing on your admissions status.
You must submit all official documents of your educational background to UMUC by the end of your second term once you've applied and before your request for an official evaluation. If you provide official transcripts showing at least 24 semester hours of transferable college credit, you will not be required to submit an official high school transcript or GED scores.
Two types of students fall into this category: transfer students who had a cumulative grade-point average at their last institution of less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) within the previous two years and those who have been academically dismissed within the past two years from any institution, regardless of their cumulative grade-point average.
If you fall into this category, you may apply for admission after at least one semester has passed since you last attended any institution.
As a provisional student, you may enroll for a maximum of 7 credits during a fall, spring, or summer semester. To remain eligible to register, you must, during your first semester of enrollment at UMUC, submit transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Otherwise, you will not be permitted to re-register.
After successfully completing 7 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, you may request a change to regular status. The change of status is not automatic.
Semester-Only Status for International Students
International students who demonstrate English language proficiency and also fall under the following category may be admitted for one semester only:
- F-1 visa holders seeking to attend UMUC on a Letter of Permission from their home institution
To be eligible to register for a subsequent semester, these students must meet the following criteria:
- F-1 visa holders attending other schools must submit a Letter of Permission from their sponsoring institutions before registration each semester