The A. James Clark School of Engineering is home to eight academic departments and offers eleven undergraduate majors. To learn more about our academic programs, please visit our Majors & Minors web page:

The Clark School of Engineering is a Limited Enrollment Program; therefore, students must meet our gateway requirements in order to be directly admitted into our program.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the University of Maryland and all other institutions is required for internal and external transfer students.

  • Completion of Calculus II (MATH 141) with minimum grade of B- or better;
  • Completion of Calculus-Based Physics I (PHYS 161) with a minimum grade of B- or better;
  • Completion of either Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 135) or General Chemistry II (CHEM 271) with a minimum grade of C- or better;
    • Students may also complete CHEM 134 with a minimum grade of C- or better.  (Students who take CHEM 134 must also complete CHEM 131 with a C-).

Please note that the course numbers included above are specific to the University of Maryland. To identify these exact courses at your institution, you can use the Transfer Credit Database available online:

Limited Enrollment Programs guidelines:

  1. Only one gateway or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once. When more than one course can satisfy a gateway requirement, taking a second course from the list will count as a repeat. (Please note that a grade of "W" is considered an attempt and must be repeated).
  2. Currently UMD students may apply only once to an LEP. (Note: The external transfer student application will not count as an attempt.)
  3. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 after admission to an LEP. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major.

COVID-19 Considerations for External Transfer Students 

COVID-19 impacted everyone during the Spring 2020 semester and beyond. Please be advised that the Clark School will accept passing (P) grades for any gateway course taken in Spring 2020. However, we understand that not all students have the option to earn passing (P) grades this term. For any student who has faced extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19, the Clark School encourages that they continue their pursuit of an engineering degree and continue to work towards our gateway admission requirements. Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and special consideration will be granted to those students facing challenges due to the global pandemic.

We encourage students with questions or concerns to contact our office directly at

The transfer process can be confusing, so having a plan is key! The Clark School offers pre-transfer advising to all prospective students. 

Additional advising resources have been linked below to help you begin the academic planning process.

Maryland Engineering Academic Plans: 

The Clark School has created academic plans for each of our degree programs. You can access these plans directly via the following website:

MD Community College Plans:

Several of the community colleges in the state of MD have specific plans outlined for their associate's degree pathways. To learn more, please click on the name of your school below:

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Students transfer to the Clark School from all over the globe! To learn more about how your credits will transfer to UMD, please contact Our advising team would be happy to help you develop a transfer plan.


To apply to the Clark School, students should submit the external transfer application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. More information about the transfer application process can be found on the Admissions website:

If you are an international student, please visist the following website for more information about international student requirements:

The University of Maryland has both an Early Action application deadline and a Regular application deadline. For best consideration, all students are strongly encouraged to meet the Early Action deadline listed below:

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
Early Action March 1st August 1st
Regular June 1st November 15th 


Students transferring to UMD and the A. James Clark School of Engineering have a number of scholarship opportunities available to them. Be sure to visit the Clark School Scholarship page to learn more about how to fund your education. We've also highlighted a few important deadlines and opportunities for you here!

Scholarship Application Timeline & Important Links

March 1st
May 17th
May 31st


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify students directly of their admission. In your letter, your major will be listed. If you see "Engineering" as your declared major, then you have been directly admitted to the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Congratulations! 

Timeline for Admission

Fall Applicants: Students who meet the March 1st Early Action deadline can expect to receive an admission decision in mid to late April. If you submitted an application with a gateway course pending, the Clark School will continue to evaluate applications for admitted students on a rolling basis through August. All gateway courses must be completed by late August.

Spring Applicants: Students who meet the August 1st Early Action deadline can expect to receive an admission decision in mid to late October. If you submitted an application with a gateway course in progress, the Clark School will continue to evaluate applications for admitted students on a rolling basis through mid-January. All gateway courses must be completed by mid-January.

What is Letters & Sciences?

When you receive your admission decision, your letter may indicate that you have been admitted to Letters & Sciences (LTSC). Letters & Sciences is the division on our campus for students who are undecided or undeclared in their major. Prospective engineering students are placed in LTSC if they do not meet our gateway admission requirements. 

If you submitted an application with a gateway course in progress, you can still be considered for direct admission to the Clark School by completing the following steps:

  1. Complete your pending gateway course;
  2. Submit an updated transcript to UMD;
  3. Request that your application be reevaluated by Admissions by completing the following form:

If you have questions about your admission status, you can also email us directly at

The Summer Pathways Scholarship is a summer scholarship available to all Maryland community college students transferring into the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Several engineering majors require courses at the 100 and 200-level that are not available at various community colleges. The purpose of this scholarship is to support students who need to take summer courses in order to graduate in a timely manner. 

To learn more about Summer Pathways, please visit

Welcome to the Maryland Engineering family! At New Student Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, connect with other new Terps, and register for classes. New Student Orientation is a mandatory one-day on-campus program for all newly admitted transfer students. You must attend an orientation program in order to register for classes. 

As soon as you have confirmed your enrollment, consider reviewing orientation dates and registering for the earliest program convenient for your schedule. Orientation programs are held throughout summer and winter terms. Review a sample schedule for a Transfer Orientation Program to see what topics will be discussed!

Now that you are a Maryland Engineer it's time to start preparing for your first semester at UMD! Learn more about our resources for current engineering students on the following website: