What does it take to become a Terrapin Engineer?

Engineering at Maryland is one of thirteen Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) on campus. This means that because we do not have space to accommodate all applicants who indicate an interest in engineering, we must have a separate, more competitive review process for admission into the Clark School.  There is no separate application; your admission application to the university will also be reviewed by committee within the Clark School.  Currently, about 40% of those who apply are admitted.

Admissions into the Clark School closely mirrors that of the overall university, considering 26 factors as a part of a holistic review.  Below we break down some of the factors that we consider when reviewing applications for freshman applicants and share some tips to prepare for the process no matter what year you are in high school.

  • Challenge yourself with your coursework. Take the most rigorous course load available at your high school, such as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Curious about what AP and IB scores earn college credit? Check out the university's Transfer Credit Services Prospective Student Resources

  • Engineering-specific courses like Project Lead the Way can be a great introduction to engineering design concepts and theories.  While the University does not accept PLTW for college course credit, it is a valuable experiences that demonstrates your interest in the discipline.

  • Look into dual/concurrent enrollment opportunities at local community colleges, colleges, or universities to enroll in courses that can later be used to earn college course credit.  Concurrent Enrollment at Maryland is a great way to earn college credit and get to know the university as an actual student.

  • Don't overwork yourself. Know your limits and make getting good grades your priority.  Aim high and focus on achieving mostly As and Bs in challenging courses.

  • As a result of the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UMD recognizes that many students will not be able to access the SAT and ACT tests that are traditionally required in order to apply for admission. Therefore, UMD will be SAT/ACT optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants. Additional information can be found on our Future Terps Updates page.  If you do decide to submit your test scores, please note, that there are no minimum ACT or SAT test scores for admission into the Clark School. 

  • Conquer procrastination! If you can beat it now, it'll only get easier in the future.

  • Participation in sports, music, and other non-STEM activities show that you’re well-rounded and have interests outside of engineering.

  • Engagement in STEM-related extracurricular activities, like summer programs/camps, competitions, or clubs show that you have a passion for the field.

  • Browse the various Clark School of Engineering High School Programs and see which one is the right fit for you.

           Summer Programs

           Pre-College Workshops and Programs During the School Year

  • If your school does not have STEM-related clubs/activies, create one! There may be other students who are just as interested in robotics, etc. who would love to join.

  • Take your membership in a club, sport, or organization to the next level by taking on a leadership role.

  • Prove that you have an interest in engineering and in developing skills like leadership, communication, and teamwork.

  • A simple Google search can help you find internships/research opportunities outside of school

  • Dedicate time in your schedule for community service with friends and family.

  • Support your community by participating in local events.

  • Volunteer your tutoring services to individuals that need assistance with specific subjects or courses.

We believe that the ideal Terp engineer will contribute to the Clark School community and the world! We also value diversity, and we believe that working with people from different backgrounds and perspectives makes our work and our community stronger. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and bring a breadth of experiences to the Clark School community. What makes you unique?

Still have questions about the admissions process at the University of Maryland? Check out the Freshman Application FAQs for further assistance.

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