First-Year Students


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The first year of the rest of your life.

The school you choose matters. You'll make friends here that will be with you for the rest of your life.

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What do you look for in an applicant to UMD?

That’s an important question. And it deserves an important answer. Admission decisions are based upon the overall assessment of each student’s academic preparation and performance, based on the primary and secondary factors listed below:

  • Completion of high school preparation requirements
  • Grade point average
  • ACT/SAT scores

  • College level coursework completed through PSEO and CITS
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome barriers to educational achievement
  • Exceptional talent
  • First generation college student
  • Military service
  • Personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Specific high school courses, grade trends, and rigor of academic curriculum

    • 3.22 - 3.75 GPA
    • 22 - 26 ACT

These numbers show the middle 50% of freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2015, meaning that 25% of students were below this range and 25% were above. Some programs may have admitted at a more competitive level.

  • Applicants who graduated from high school five or more years prior to applying to UMD and have not completed any college coursework or have completed fewer than 26 credits of previously attempted college coursework may request a waiver of the ACT/SAT application requirement. Applicants requesting an ACT/SAT waiver or contending their high school record is not reflective of their current academic aptitude must submit a personal essay along with their application for admission. The essay should address the applicant's personal and educational goals as well as recent personal and professional accomplishments. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted.

All applicants with 26 or more college credits completed follow UMD's transfer admission requirements. Individual questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions.