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.

You can learn more about transferring to the University of Maryland and the Clark School of Engineering here. Please feel free to contact us at transfer_engr@umd.edu if you have any questions.

We welcome applications from current UMD students for fall and spring semesters. More information is available at our website and by contacting us at transfer_engr@umd.edu.




Admission

Students who applied to the University of Maryland by the early action deadline will be notified of their admission decision by February 1. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision electronically, and they will receive a letter in the mail from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants who are directly admitted to an engineering major (including the “Undecided Engineering” major) will receive a welcome email from the Clark School 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.

Each application to the Clark School of Engineering undergoes a thorough, holistic review. There is no test score or GPA that "guarantees" admission to the Clark School. Please visit our Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for a full description of admission review factors.

Most students admitted to the Clark School have enrolled in the most challenging math and science courses available to them and have earned mostly A's in those courses. Successful applicants also typically demonstrate an interest in STEM and participate in STEM activities in high school. Many students admitted to the Clark School last year achieved standardized test scores within the following ranges:
 
  • Combined SAT Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 1410
    • 75th Percentile: 1520 
  • SAT Math Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 730
    • 75th Percentile: 790
  • ACT Composite Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 33
    • 75th Percentile: 35
  • ACT Math Scores:
    • 25th Percentile: 32
    • 75th Percentile: 35

Students who were not originally admitted to the Clark School will not be given space in the engineering first-year class if other students decline their offers. The Clark School does not maintain a wait list. Students interested in joining the Clark School as current UMD students can learn more here.

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 301-314-8377 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, current UMD students can apply to the Clark School. More information on this process is available here.
 

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 2021 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 301-314-8377 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.  

You can learn more about scholarships offered by the Clark School at our website. Please note that the Clark School offers several scholarships to current students each year. Our scholarships database also includes scholarships offered by organizations outside of the University of Maryland.




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. 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. 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 FutureEngineer@umd.edu.

Top