The Clark School of Engineering has a wide variety of majors and minors for students of diverse backgrounds to choose from. There are a number of different programs and services that students may explore. Make sure to visit our Prospective Students page to read up on specific reasons to choose the Clark School of Engineering!

The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering and Women in Engineering offer many programs, including mentoring, research internships, and summer programs, all of which are designed to aid in maintaining diversity goals.

Learn more about diversity in the Clark School of Engineering.

The Clark School of Engineering offers nine majors and eight minors. Feel free to look through the different majors and minors and see which one is the right fit for you.

If you already have a major in mind, then go ahead and browse the Four Year Plans for that specific major.

The Clark School of Engineering is home to many unique programs that provide students with opportunities outside the classroom. These include participation in cutting-edge research, working with other students to develop and build a new company, tackling real-world engineering problems, and providing technical expertise in developing countries around the world.

Learn more about the programs and services available at the Clark School of Engineering.

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about our majors, minors, special programs. You may also scroll down and browse some of the frequently asked questions from prospective students and families.

Questions? Contact us at FutureEngineer@umd.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions for Admitted Students

Admissions & Enrollment

The deadline to enroll is still May 1. If you have questions about confirming enrollment, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at ApplyMaryland@umd.edu.

Students are required to submit final high school transcripts to confirm that they graduated high school. If there are any concerns or questions, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will reach out to the student. At this time, AP/IB credit is awarded if students receive a certain score on the exam. If you have any questions, contact Transfer Credit Services within the Registrar's Office at (301)-314-8240 or registrar-help@umd.edu

All enrollment deferrals must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If your deferral is approved, your space in the Clark School will be available to you when you enroll.

We usually enroll around 650 - 750 freshmen each year. Please visit our website for more specific information on enrollment by major.

 

Scholarships

Students that applied to the University of Maryland by the early action deadline are automatically considered for merit based scholarships offered by the university and scholarships offered by the Clark School of Engineering. If a scholarship requires a separate application, we will notify admitted students.

Students can be awarded both University merit scholarships and Clark School Scholarships.

Some Clark School scholarships are four year awards, though the most common scholarship, the Clark Legacy award, is a two year award. After students enroll in the Clark School, they have an annual opportunity to apply for additional Clark School scholarships for continuing students.

Some Clark School Scholarships, including our Clark Scholars Program, are specifically for in-state students, but many other Clark School Scholarships are available to both in- or out-of-state students.

This varies by scholarship. All Clark Foundation Scholarships, including the Clark Scholars Program and Clark Legacy awards, require recipients to be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. There are Clark School scholarships for continuing students that are available to international students.

Please review our extensive scholarships database. This database includes scholarships that are offered by institutions and organizations external to the University of Maryland.

Gap years may affect scholarships, but it depends on the policies of the particular scholarship and the circumstances.

 

Orientation

We follow a strict seat management plan during orientation and try to provide students with the courses they need for their first semester. Sometimes courses can be pushed to the spring with no harm to the student’s graduation timeline.

The University of Maryland does not accept PLTW credits.

All new students will have the opportunity to speak with an advisor during orientation. The advisor will be able to see the student's specific academic records. Students will be assigned an advisor from their major.

 

Math Placement Exam

All students are required to take a math placement test. If students don't place in Calculus first semester each department has a plan in place to make sure these students still stay on track for a 4 year graduation.

The Mathematics Placement Test consists of 67 questions covering four main areas: arithmetic, algebra I, algebra II, and trigonometry.

Students will receive information regarding math placement as they register for orientation.  The math placement exam should be taken prior to attending orientation.

 

Engineering Courses and Research

The LSAMP Bridge Program offers incoming freshmen pursuing engineering an opportunity to receive academic and personal support through tutoring resources, math and science workshops, professional development and community.  As an LSAMP Bridge participant, a student is considered an active member of the nationwide LSAMP Alliance, with access to LSAMP Travel Award Program, LSAMP Undergraduate Research program, opportunities to attend various conferences and the LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Program. 

Absolutely. In the first semester at UMD, students enroll in a course called Introduction to Engineering Design, ENES100. In this course, students gain hands-on experience by building an over-sand vehicle with 7-8 other students in the team. Please visit the Keystone Program website for a description of other introductory courses that embrace experiential learning. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in labs and conduct research in your upper level courses.

Class sizes vary. A lot of courses that all engineering majors take (general chemistry, math, physics) have large lectures of around 100-200 people. But these large classes break out into discussion sections with teaching assistants. The discussion sections are about 20-30 people. Major specific courses will have fewer students, typically around 30 students depending on the major and class.

Just about any type of computer will be useful for engineering students. Our office of Engineering Information Technology recommends that computers have a solid state drive (SSD), which will improve overall performance.  There are several options available through our Terrapin Tech store.

Most importantly, get to know your faculty and our research facilities. Our faculty are eager to work with undergraduates on research projects. You can also learn more about the many research opportunities available to students on our website.

 

Majors, Minors, and Advising

Sample four year plans are available for each major. They assume no placement out of any major courses through AP exams. 

Our one-year retention rate is 91%, and our five-year graduation rate is 75%, which rank us among the top at public flagship universities nationwide.

Double degrees with other majors on campus is common. Likewise, students are free to select from the more than 80 minors on campus.

A double degree is possible in 4 years. Students sometimes need to complete summer and winter courses or credit overloads, but it is possible.

If a student changes their major within the first couple semesters, they are likely to not have to extend graduation because most majors take similar engineering courses and basic science courses. If you switch majors later, you may need more time.

Yes, students can take courses in their departmental major within the first year. 

The combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree (B.S./M.S.) Program is available only to current University of Maryland undergraduate students. Each major has different criteria and GPA requirements to apply for the program.

 

Living and Learning Communities

Absolutely. We encourage students to participate in the University of Maryland’s living and learning communities. Many of our students are members of living and learning communities while also taking part in many other activities such as competitions, clubs, societies, internships, and study abroad.

You can submit the Flexus and Virtus application before committing to the university. The priority deadline for Flexus and Virtus is April 1, but applications will be accepted after that date, and students will be admitted on a rolling basis dependent on availability.   

While it is possible to participate in both Flexus/Virtus and another LLC, living in Easton Hall with the Flexus/Virtus community is a requirement to participate in the program(s). If you desire to participate in both programs, you may, as long as the other program does not also require you to live there.  

This year, Flexus/Virtus admissions will preference students who were not admitted to other LLCs (i.e. CPS, Honors, etc). However, students who were admitted into other LLCs will be considered for admission if space is available.  

If you participate in Flexus/Virtus, you will be assigned to Easton Hall and placed with a roommate who is also a participant in the program.

Please see the message below from the Department of Residence Life in regards to roommate requests for participants in living and learning programs:

"We understand the importance of your roommate requests. Due to a variety of factors, roommate requests are never guaranteed. Resident Life will honor mutual roommate requests as space allows.  Roommate requests between students in different programs or between a student in a program and a roommate not in any program are less likely to be honored due to program residency requirements and space limitations. We will do what is possible, but please understand these limitations and consider other roommate options within your program."

Yes! WIE events are open to all female engineering students. Flexus is only a portion of the efforts, services, and initiatives that WIE coordinates/hosts. 

 

Study Abroad

All scholarships provided by University of Maryland, including Banneker/Key, can be applied towards the costs of approved semester study abroad programs. In addition, most college savings plans and outside scholarships can be used towards the costs of studying abroad on approved programs.

Yes, there are many study abroad programs created specifically for each engineering major. All majors in the Clark School have the ability to study abroad for a semester and complete 12-15 credits towards degree requirements.

The prices vary based on location, whether you are in-state or out-of-state, and the type of program you enroll in. In most cases, studying abroad on an engineering sponsored semester program is similar to the cost of attendance at UMD, and in some cases is less expensive.

 

Internships, Co-Ops, and Career Services

Any type of internship experience is beneficial for students. Typically, students learn what type of industry they want to intern in after they've completed a year or two of coursework.

Most internships are paid, which can assist students paying for their college tuition.

For a co-op position, you alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of full-time, paid employment.  With the non-credit Engineering Co-op Program, you maintain student status while working in a co-op. Co-ops are optional. Our career services office can help a student find a co-op and figure out the logistics of how it will impact their academic path.

At graduation, 82% of our students were placed in jobs or graduate school.

 

Extracurricular Activities

Most clubs you can join with no barriers to entry besides showing up. You can learn about clubs through the beginning of the year engineering picnic or First Look Fair with all clubs. Many classes also have club presidents advertise clubs as well that relate to the major.

You are still able to join any clubs and organizations that you would like. A lot of times clubs try to work around what is convenient for commuters because that constitutes a significant portion of members.

We have several competition teams where students from all over campus collaborate on a project. Some examples are Hyperloop Team, Solar Decathlon, and Engineers Without Borders. Students can also participate in leadership programs like Hinman CEOs and QUEST, in which students work together in interdisciplinary teams.

Engineers Without Borders is very popular at Maryland! Project meetings are open to all students. Students do not receive credit for participating in EWB. If you know you want to help the organization, but you are not sure how to or have any questions, contact us at ewbumd@gmail.com.


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