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Students who applied to the Clark School of Engineering will be notified of their admissions decision in late January or early February.  Applicants who were directly admitted to an engineering major (including the “Undecided Engineering” major) will receive an electronic welcome letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in late-January.  Admitted students should look at the bottom of the letter that they receive to see whether or not they have been admitted to Engineering. Additionally, they will receive a formal congratulatory letter in the mail from Admissions.  They also will receive a welcome letter from Engineering in mid February.

A number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are listed below. These FAQs will address common concerns, such as why a student may not have been admitted to Engineering, who to contact if a student is admitted for the spring semester, and when scholarships are released by the Clark School.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Scholarships are offered both at the campus level and at the college level in many cases.  As such, admitted engineering students may first receive campus-level awards in March. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 301-314-8385 about the possible scholarships that are administered. Students do not need to apply for these scholarships; they can be automatically considered and reviewed based on application materials that they have already submitted.  

The Clark School of Engineering will offer scholarships to a select number of freshmen typically around the middle of April. Again, there is no separate application required; students can be automatically considered and reviewed based on application materials that they have already submitted. Clark School scholarships have mostly been two-year awards in recent years, and have ranged from $5,000 to $15,000 per year. Please note that the majority of students who receive these awards must have unmet financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Clark School also encourages families to look for outside scholarships; one valuable website is Students and parents can also be placed on an email listserv to be notified of new award opportunities; please email and simply asked to be placed on our engineering listserv.

Please also note that the University of Maryland requires students to complete the FAFSA by January 1st of each year in order to be considered for financial aid. Financial aid awards are generally offered near the beginning of April. For more information on financial aid, please contact our Office of Student Financial Aid at 301-314-9000.

This means that you were admitted to the University of Maryland, but due to space restrictions you were not admitted to your major of choice. As such, you would not enter the University of Maryland directly as an engineering major, but instead you would start as a student in our Letters and Sciences division (please visit for more details on this office). Please note that the Office of Letters and Sciences is a division with wonderful resources to advise students who eventually plan to move into a specific program on campus, such as Engineering or Business.

The Clark School of Engineering receives approximately 3,000 applications each year from talented students who have been admitted to the University of Maryland. Engineering is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP), and due to class size restrictions and other resource limitations, is not able to admit every student who applies to be an Engineering major as a freshman. As such, the Clark School will typically only admit between 1,700 and 1,800 students each year as direct freshmen admits.

One of the factors that the Clark School considers is students’ standardized test scores. The following points provide score ranges for students admitted to the college last year:

  • Combined Math/Critical Reading SAT Scores:
    • Average: 1415
    • 25th Percentile: 1340 
    • 75th Percentile: 1490 
  • SAT Math Scores:
    • Average: 735
    • 25th Percentile: 700
    • 75 Percentile: 770
  • ACT Scores:
    • Average: 32
    • 25th Percentile: 31
    • 75th Percentile: 34

This year, the SAT/ACT ranges stand to be even higher than last year’s scores.  Aside from this, however, there are a number of other factors that are considered, so there is no score or grade point average that “guarantees” admission to the Clark School.  

Please visit our Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ website at for a full listing of admission review factors.

Among other things, the Clark School of Engineering looks closely at grades in math and science courses; in the past students with more A’s than B’s have been given greater consideration for acceptance. Students’ interest in STEM and participation in extra-curricular STEM-based activities are two other factors that the Clark School weighs in making acceptance decisions.

Students who were not originally admitted to the Clark School will not be given a space in the engineering freshmen class if another student declines his/her offer. In the past, the Clark School typically has also not placed interested students on a wait list. Interested students may refer to question number 7 in our list of Frequently Asked Questions for directions on transferring to the Clark School as an “internal transfer.”  

While the majority of admitted students apply and are admitted for the fall semester, a number of students’ admissions are deferred to the spring semester. Students in this category are admitted through the Freshmen Connections program.  Feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 301-314-8385 if you have questions about this program or how students were selected for spring admission. Please note that students admitted for the spring term are not reviewed for admission to the Clark School.  

Students would need to take a select number of courses and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. After all required coursework is completed, they would be able to apply as an “internal transfer” to the Clark School. More information on this process is listed at the following webpage:

If a student has already completed the courses listed on the website above through Advanced Placement examinations or prior college coursework, s/he would be eligible to apply for transfer to the Clark School as early as the Spring 2018 semester, provided that all other criteria listed are met. Students who have taken the courses listed are not eligible to take engineering courses during their first fall semester, but can start by taking other helpful courses such as required classes in math and science.

Approximately 55% of all students who begin their academic careers in the Clark School complete their Engineering undergraduate degrees in four years. This percentage is above the national average, and reflects the fact that numerous students participate in extra-curricular experiences in college including co-ops and study-abroad experiences.  

If a student enters the Clark School as an “internal transfer” student, the general rule of thumb is that the earlier s/he transfers to the Clark School, the better their chances are of completing their degrees in four years. While it is not guaranteed that students can complete their degrees in four years as a transfer, many students – particularly those who have transferred by the spring semester of their freshmen year – have been able to do so. Other students may try to reduce their time to graduation by enrolling in summer or winter term courses. Still other students have enrolled in local community colleges, which allow students to take engineering, math and science courses. If you consider enrolling in a community college and then transferring to the Clark School, please refer to the Transfer Credit Services website at Using this website, you can determine if your local community college will allow courses from that institution to transfer to the University of Maryland.

Please refer to the Transfer Credit Services website at to determine if any of your prior coursework will transfer to the University of Maryland. You may also wish to visit our Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support office’s website at to view sample four year plans, which list the specific engineering, math and science courses required for engineering students in each of our majors. If you intend to have any courses that you have or will take transfer to the University of Maryland and count toward your B.S. in Engineering degree, please make sure that you visit these websites.

For any other questions or concerns, please email