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University of Maryland–College Park is a public institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,443. The campus is 1,335 acres. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,181 (2016-17); out-of-state tuition and fees are $32,045 (2016-17). 66% received a B.S. In four years; 80% in five years; 82% in 6 years.

Here’s are the particulars for applying:

  • The acceptance rate is 47%. The UMDCP admissions policy is considered ‘moderatately competitive’. Though an applicant needs to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, they are more lenient than other schools. Exceeding their requirements will allow your teen an excellent chance of getting in.
  • GPA – 4.11. This means that your teen needs to be at the top of his class. Challenging classes are strongly recommended – IB and/or AP courses. This is a good indicator that your can handle college level classes. If your teen’s GPA is slightly under 4.11, a higher test score can fill the deficit.
  • The UMD requires an SAT or ACT. The school cutoff is based on the school’s average score.


  • SAT average score: 1370

25th percentile                                 75th percentile

SAT Composite            1280                                                      1470

SAT Reading                  640                                                       710

SAT Math                       640                                                       760


1260 on the SAT is below average and a 1490 will put a student in the above average range.

The score choice policy is “all scores”. This means that your teen must send all of the SAT scores for every test administration. The scores are not averaged but the admissions practice is to take the highest score from a particular test date.

        Believe it or not, 4-6 test scores is considered a good number to submit.

  • ACT average score is 30

25th percentile – 28

75th percentile – 32


Though UMD claims to have no ACT cutoff requirement, a composite score of 28 or below may not make the cut. Again, this deficient can often be filled by your teen having a higher GPA or something ‘amazing’ as part of the application package.

ACT score choice policy seems a bit more advantageous to the student over the SAT policy. No matter how many tests your teen takes – no maximum – he only needs to send in the test results with the highest score.

To quote their admissions policy: “We use the highest subscores – English, math, reading, science – in our review of your application.” What this means is what is considered is the highest section score across ALL ACT test dates submitted.

Let’s put this in perspective. Let’s say your teen’s highest composite on 4 tests was 21, but on the . . .

December Test: English was 31 – and 17 in the other 3 sections.

February Test: 31 in math and 17 in the other 3 sections

April Test:  31 in reading and 17 in the other 3 sections.

June Test: 31 in science and 17 in the other 3 sections.


This makes it easy to prepare for each admission by focusing on studying for one section at a time.

  • SUBJECT tests have not been required by the UMD. (Always check to make sure the requirement has not changed.)
  • ACT and SAT essays are optional and are not considered major factors for admissions at this time.

I hope this addresses any questions you may have about what is required to get into UMD. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

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