Frequently Asked Questions | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Application

Students who wish to study at the Clark School apply for admission to the University of Maryland; there is not a separate application for the Clark School. When filling out the university application, you may choose one of the engineering majors, or, if you're not sure exactly which one you want, you may choose "Undecided Engineering" and select a major later (usually after your first two semesters). If you don't yet know which major is most interesting to you, don't worry—30 to 35 percent of our incoming students are typically in the "Undecided" category. And, since the first year of each major is very similar, it's fairly easy to change majors.

Current University of Maryland Students

Current University of Maryland College Park Students can visit our Transfer Admissions page for additional information regarding admission to the School of Engineering, or contact the Coordinator of Limited Enrollment Programs for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at lep@umd.edu.

Non-University of Maryland Students

Non-University of Maryland College Park Students can contact the Pre-Transfer Advisor for additional information about transferring to the University of Maryland.




Admission

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.

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 www.ltsc.umd.edu 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 1,900 and 2,200 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:
    • 25th Percentile: 1400
    • 75th Percentile: 1510 
  • SAT Math Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 720
    • 75 Percentile: 790
  • ACT Composite Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 32
    • 75th Percentile: 35
  • ACT Math Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 31
    • 75th Percentile: 35

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 http://www.admissions.umd.edu/requirements/AdmissionReviewFactors.php 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 information 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: https://eng.umd.edu/advising/transfer

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 2020 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.




Funding

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.  

 




Coursework

Approximately 59% 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 www.tce.umd.edu. Using this website, you can determine if your local community college will allow courses from that institution to transfer to the University of Maryland.

 To determine if any of your prior coursework will transfer to the University of Maryland, please refer to the Transfer Credit Services website at www.tce.umd.edu. You may also wish to visit our Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support office’s website at www.eng.umd.edu/advising 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 admittedengr@umd.edu.

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