For best consideration both external (outside UMD) and internal transfer (current UMD) students will be admitted to the Clark School, on a space available basis, if they meet the following admission requirements:

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-).
  • Students interested in applying to Bioengineering prior to Spring 2018 must also complete BIOE 120 with a minimum grade of B-.

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. Students may apply only once to an LEP.
  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.

Internal: If you have completed the above requirements, complete the online LEP application. The application is due by the 5th business day of the month as follows:

  • Spring semester admission: January
  • Fall semester admission: June*

*Please note: Students 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.

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.

External: Admission to the University of Maryland and admission to the Clark School are two separate processes combined into one application.  For more information about the UMD transfer admission process, please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  International applicants should also be sure to review the International Applicant Requirements.  If you have non-U.S. academic credentials, provide all academic records—all post-secondary institutions—in the original language with a certified English translation. Beginning with the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, the University of Maryland will require students to submit a third party academic evaluation using either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A). Please submit this along with your original transcript(s). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate application deadline.  More information can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website

Those students who have met all of the gateway requirements listed above will be directly admitted to engineering (on a space availability basis).  Students who are admitted to UMD but who have not yet completed the gateway requirements will be offered admission into the Division of Letters & Sciences.

Engineering students tend to have a strong background in science and mathematics; however, 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.  

Students are also encouraged to attend a Transfer Information Session.  This one hour information session will guide prospective students through the transfer process, give an in-depth explanation of the Clark School's nine majors, and share with you academic, professional, and extra-curricular opportunities at the University of Maryland.  For details, please see the Transfer Students' Information Sessions Registration Form.

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:

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.  All non-engineering students at UMD interested in pursuing an engineering degree are required to submit an application through the internal LEP (Limited Enrollment Program) process. 

As a non-engineering student, it is important to begin the academic planning process early.  In order to learn more about the specific course outline for your intended major, we encourage you to review the Four-Year Plans page.  You should also review the sample plan for your intended major:

While the Clark School cannot guarantee a seat in an engineering course to a non-engineering student, students are welcome to submit an online form to request a seat in one of our classes.  Non-Clark School UMD students requesting permission to register for any ENES course (with the exception of ENES100A) must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the University of Maryland and a grade of C- or better for ALL co- and prerequisite classes or have AP credit.  For more information, please refer to the Keystone website.

External Transfer students are those who have not yet applied to the University of Maryland.  As a prospective transfer student, you should begin by first reviewing the transfer application requirements as outlined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Please be advised that students must first be admissible to the University of Maryland prior to being reviewed for engineering.  The Clark School is not a part of the application review process for external transfer students.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply to the A. James Clark School of Engineering?

Admission to the University of Maryland College Park and admission to the A. James Clark School of Engineering are separate processes combined into one application.  For information on transfer student requirements, please visit

Please be advised that all external transfer students should submit an application to the University of Maryland by the priority deadline.

Fall Admission Spring Admission
Priority Deadline: March 1 Priority Deadline: August 1
Regular Deadline: June 1 Regular Deadline: November 15

How will I be notified if I am accepted into the Clark School of Engineering? 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will contact you via email.  The Clark School does not have information on the admission status of applicants. 

What happens if I am not directly admitted into Engineering? 

  • If you are not directly admitted as an external applicant, you will either be given your second major choice or placed into the Division of Letters & Sciences.
  • If you are an external applicant currently completing the gateway requirements (but will have them completed by the time you start at UMD), you can request the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to re-review your final transcript for engineering once your grades are in for the gateway requirements. In order to attend UMD, you must accept your offer of admission by the deadline given in your acceptance letter. 
  • If the gateway requirements are not complete prior to your start at UMD, external transfer students must complete at least one semester and then apply as an internal transfer applicant once all engineering admission requirements are satisfied. 

If admitted to Engineering, what do I do next? 

Once admitted, you are required to attend a transfer orientation session where you will learn about specific Clark School policies and procedures.  There, with the help of an academic advisor, you will review your prior coursework, select courses for the upcoming semester, and register for classes based on your major of choice.  
How long will it take to graduate after I transfer?
Your anticipated graduation date will depend on your major, your prior coursework, and your academic plan.  Some majors do not offer all of their courses every semester, so you will need to plan very carefully.  You can being this planning process by reviewing the following departmental websites: 

Students transferring from Maryland community colleges may be eligible to receive funding to help them catch up on coursework that they were unable to complete while enrolled at their community college.  For more information, please review the following application for our Summer Pathways Scholarship.

How will my credits transfer? 
The University of Maryland will accept a maximum of 60 credits from a community college and a maximum 90 credits from a four-year institution.  
*No more than 90 credits will be accepted towards a UMD degree.
If you wish to see how the courses at your current institution will transfer to UMD, please utilize UMD's Transfer Credit Database, which available at the Transfer Credit Services website:
What benefit will an Associate's Degree provide? 
In general, prospective engineering students are strongly encouraged to earn an associate's degree prior to transferring to UMD.  If a student earns an associate’s degree from a Maryland public institution and has completed a total of 40 general education credits, the student may be waived from the UMD General Education Program requirements.