The University Of Maryland Application Essay

Q: How can I apply to the University of Maryland (UMD)?

Students applying for freshman admission to the spring or fall semester will use the application provided by The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

Q: Does the University of Maryland (UMD) use a single application portal?

Yes. As in years past, UMD will only offer one application. UMD uses the application offered through The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. We do not offer or accept paper applications.

Q: Why has the University of Maryland (UMD) chosen to be a part of the Coalition?

UMD, with more than 90 other public and private institutions, has joined the Coalition because we are supportive of its mission to increase college access and affordability for all students. Also, the innovative platform is designed to assist all students by providing free resources and collaborative tools that will help them prepare for the college search and planning process. To learn more about the Coalition, watch this brief video.

Q: What are the main components that make up the Coalition application?

There are three main components of the Coalition application: the Application Portal, the Locker and the Collaboration Space. The University of Maryland (UMD) only requires applicants to utilize the Application Portal to submit their application. While you are encouraged to use the Locker and Collaboration Space to prepare for the admission process and get feedback from teachers and mentors, UMD does not require their use. UMD admissions staff will not review nor have access to the items in your Locker.

Q: When can I begin to use the Coalition platform?

You can begin using the Coalition platform at any point in your high school career. Once you create an account, you can access the Locker and Collaboration Space to organize items for your college application. When you are ready to apply, you can access the Application Portal to submit your completed application. 

Q: How do I share my profile information with the University of Maryland (UMD)?

To access the Locker, Collaboration Space and Application Portal, you must first open an account on the Coalition Platform and complete your profile. Profile information can later be transferred directly to the Coalition Application. You can then search for universities you are considering and indicate your level of connection with that university – researching, interested or applying.

When you indicate that you are applying to a university, you will have access to the Application Tracker, which tracks your progress toward the application’s completion.

Q: Will the University of Maryland (UMD) be reviewing or giving feedback to documents in my Locker?

No. The Locker is a private space for students to invite their high school counselors, teachers and mentors to review documents prior to submitting these items as part of their application. UMD admissions staff do not have access to your Locker and will not review application materials prior to their submission.

You can learn more about the Locker by watching the Coalition’s video overview.

Q: What essay questions will the University of Maryland (UMD) use on the application?

UMD will use the essay questions provided by the Coalition.

Q: When is the application deadline?

The Freshman Priority Application Deadline for fall admission is November 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline, as they will receive best consideration for admission to the university, merit-based scholarships, and special programs. Visit our website for a complete listing of application deadlines.

Q: Is the priority application deadline binding? If I’m admitted, when do I have to confirm my enrollment?

The November 1 priority application deadline is non-binding. Admitted students have until May 1 to confirm their enrollment at Maryland.

Q: What happens if my application is incomplete by the November 1 priority application deadline? What about the regular application deadline?

If you are unable to complete your application by the priority deadline, you can still be considered for the regular application deadline if you submit a completed application and all required materials by January 20.

Applications completed after the regular application deadline will only be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

Q: How does the University of Maryland (UMD) review applications for admission?

The undergraduate admissions process is rigorous and individualized. Maryland employs a holistic review process that utilizes 26 unique review factors.

Q: What does a competitive freshman applicant look like?

Admitted freshman students have a strong A-/B+ or better average in their high school coursework and are enrolled in the most challenging courses available to them including honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Recent admitted freshman profile information can be found on our About Maryland page.

1.Completed online application

For best consideration for admission, merit-based scholarships, and invitations to special programs, students should apply by the Priority Deadline. In the application, students will be asked to answer one of five essay prompts, which can be reviewed in advance here. Applications must be completed online, and all additional application materials must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

2. Nonrefundable application fee of $75

When completing your University of Maryland Coalition application, you will be required to pay the fee on our secure website with a credit card at the time of application unless you have received a fee waiver. Fee waivers must be submitted prior to application completion for consideration. We cannot accept cash or check payments. 

3. Two letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for a completed application: one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. Recommendations must be sent to us directly from the recommender.

4. Official copy of your high school transcripts

Your institution must submit an official copy of your high school transcripts listing all courses you have completed from all schools attended.

5. Official copy of your college transcripts (if necessary)

If you have completed any collegiate coursework, your institution should submit an official copy of your college transcripts listing all courses you have completed.

If you have non-U.S. academic records for post-secondary work, please review our international applicant requirements as they might apply to you. 

6. Official standardized test scores

The SAT or the ACT is required. Official scores should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the test administrator. We use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application. We will accept scores from the old SAT and  redesigned SAT (first administered in March 2016); we do not require the essay portion of the SAT. View College Board’s Concordance Tools to see how scores from the redesigned SAT compare to those on the old SAT.

SAT Subject Tests are not required; applicants who do not take Subject Tests are not disadvantaged in the admissions process. We do not require the writing portion of the ACT.

If you would like to receive credit toward your degree for successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), A/AS level examinations, or certain other standard exams, those official scores must also be submitted once the student has been admitted. 

7. Activities and awards list or resume

Detail your efforts in the community, arts, leadership, athletics, family involvements, work experience, and other extracurricular activities and hobbies in order of interest to you.

8. School of Music application (School of Music applicants only)

In addition to the above items, students seeking enrollment into the School of Music must submit the online application supplement and complete an audition. The application supplement and audition will be used to determine your eligibility for admission into the School of Music. It will not be used, however, in the review of your eligibility for admission to the University of Maryland.


If you are mailing any application materials, please send them to:

University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building, 7999 Regents Dr.
College Park, MD 20742-5235, USA

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