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. To schedule an appointment with our pre-transfer advisor, please visit You can also take advantage of specific planning tools:

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:

*CSM is home to the Southern Maryland ENTRY Program. ENTRY is designed to provide structured pre-transfer advising to all prospective transfer students. To learn more, please visit the following website:

Don't see your school?

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

January 1st
  • FASFA Priority Deadline
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

Students transferring from a Maryland Community College are eligible to apply for the Summer Pathways and/or Summer Acceleration Scholarship to cover the cost of summer courses. 

Apply beginning April 1st at

Summer Pathways Scholarship (SPS): Courses in the Clark School of Engineering are not always taught every semester. Therefore, in an effort to support students transferring from MD community colleges, the Clark School is pleased to provide the SPS Program in order to support the cost of summer courses for those students who need to catch up on their major-required courses. Please be advised that SPS is designed to cover specific course requirements and course availability will vary by major. The Summer Pathways Scholarship (SPS) is a non-competitive application for students who need to take pre-identified courses in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Not all students may be eligible for the SPS funding.

Courses Traditionally Covered by SPS (dependent on summer course availability): 

Major Recommended SPS Course
Aerospace Engineering ENAE283
Bioengineering BIOE120, BIOE121, BIOE221
Chemical Engineering CHBE101, CHBE250, CHBE301
Civil Engineering ENCE215
Computer Engineering

CMSC131, ENEE200

Electrical Engineering ENEE200
Fire Protection Engineering Speak with an advisor about Summer Acceleration
Materials Science & Engineering ENMA300
Mechanical Engineering Speak with an advisor about Summer Acceleration

Summer Acceleration Scholarship (SAS): Not all students may fit the traditional SPS requirements. For those students who are NOT eligible for SPS but who need support to take summer courses, the Clark School provides a secondary scholarship opportunity - the Summer Acceleration Scholarship (SAS).  The SAS application is competitive. For details regarding SAS, please contact

Additional Program Details: 

MD Community College transfer students in need of summer courses are eligible to SPS funding equalling the cost of tuition* to be used towards University of Maryland summer coursework based on the following conditions: 

  1. Students must be admitted to the University of Maryland and the A. James Clark School of Engineering for a fall semester; 
  2. Students must be transferring from a Maryland state community college; 
  3. Students must be enrolled in one of the eligible courses (as outlined in the application); 
  4. Students must earn the minimum passing grade in the course (C- or higher unless otherwise noted); 
  5. Students must successfully matriculate and enroll in the University of Maryland in the Fall semester.

For best consideration, students should apply to both the Summer Pathways and Summer Acceleration Scholarship by May 17th. Apply online at

*Note: Students paying out-of-state tuition are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per course

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: