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 5,200 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 2,600 and 2,800 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 As 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:
SAT Combined Math/Critical Reading SAT Scores
25th Percentile: 1403
75th Percentile: 1520
SAT Math Scores
25th Percentile: 710
75th Percentile: 780
ACT Composite Scores
25th Percentile: 32
75th Percentile: 35
ACT Math Scores
25th Percentile: 30
75th Percentile: 35
ACT Science Scores
25th Percentile: 31
75th Percentile: 35
*In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 impacts on our prospective students, SAT and ACT scores are optional for the Spring and Fall of 2022 and 2023 application cycles. Applicants for these semesters have the option of choosing whether to submit an SAT/ACT score and whether those scores will be considered in the review of their application for admission.
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 2023 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.