The A. James Clark School of Engineering is considered a Limited Enrollment Program.  Current UMD students interested in declaring engineering as their major must first complete a specific set of gateway requirements and should then submit a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) application as an internal transfer student. 

Internal Transfer students are those students who are currently enrolled at the University of Maryland who have not yet been admitted into the Clark School (e.g. students in Letters & Sciences and other majors on campus). 

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 MATH 141 with minimum grade of B- or better.
  • Completion of PHYS 161 with a minimum grade of B- or better.
  • Completion of either CHEM 135 or CHEM 271 or CHEM 134 with a minimum grade of C- or better.  (Students who take CHEM 134 must also complete CHEM 131 with a C-).
Limited Enrollment Programs guidelines:
  • Only one gateway 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).
  • Students may apply only once to an LEP.
  • 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.

Note: The Clark School of Engineering will accept a "P" passing grade for any gateway course completed during the Spring 2020 semester. More information about COVID-19 and Spring 2020 considerations can be found on the following webpage

Current UMD students can access the LEP application on the Admissions website. The application deadline is always on the 5th business day of January and June each year.

  Application Deadline Decision Notification
Spring 2021 Admission January 8, 2021 Mid-January
Fall 2021 Admission June 7, 2021 Mid-June
*Please note: Students submitting an application for fall are able to complete a gateway requirement course during the summer at either University of Maryland or another institution. In order to be considered, students must still meet the June application deadline and courses must be taken during the University of Maryland’s Summer 1 Session. If you have any questions, please email
Once you have submitted your application electronically and your application has been reviewed, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send you an admission decision via email instructing you of your next steps. Please be sure to keep an eye on your email! 
Engineering students tend to have a strong background in science and mathematics; continuous education in these fields is required for a successful future.  We recommend you start your path to a successful career by exploring all of the majors available to you.  Please begin by watching a virtual information session.  
The structure of each engineering program is unique, with courses being offered in a variety of sequences (some more lockstep than others).  In order to learn more about the requirements for the major you are applying for, please review the following departmental websites:

Each of our degree programs provides students with the opportunity to further explore their interests through technical elective courses. In order to learn more about the technical elective requirements for your intended major, please visit the following web pages.