University of Maryland GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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University of Maryland GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Maryland GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Maryland GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Fewer than half of applicants to the main campus of the University of Maryland get in. Successful applicants will need strong grades and standardized test scores to be competitive. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores (RW+M) of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. The higher your grades and test scores, the better your chances of getting in, and the great majority of successful applicants had SAT scores above 1200.

Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Maryland did not get accepted. Note also that several students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because the University of Maryland in College Park has holistic admissions, so decisions are about much more than numbers. The Maryland admissions folks may take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, short answer responses, special talent (such as athletic or artistic ability), personal circumstances, and legacy status. The UMD website lists 26 factors that are taken into consideration when the admissions staff reviews applications. 

As with nearly all universities, your academic record is going to be the most important piece of your application. Realize, however, that your grades aren't the only consideration on this front. UMD will want to see that you have taken challenging college preparatory classes. IB, AP, Honors, and dual enrollment classes can all play a meaningful role in the admissions process, for they are one of the best indicators that you are ready for the challenges of college.

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University of Maryland Rejection and Waitlist Data

University of Maryland GPA, SAT and ACT Admissions Data for Rejected and Waitlisted Students
University of Maryland GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected and Waitlisted Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

This graph is the reality check for applicants to the University of Maryland. If you're an "A" student with SAT or ACT scores that are well above average, your chances of being admitted are good. However, they are not guaranteed. As the rejection data above shows, quite a few strong students do not receive an acceptance letter from Maryland. Good students whose numerical measures are on target for UMD could be rejected for numerous reasons: weak application essays, lack of leadership or service experiences, lack of depth in academic preparation (for example, unambitious coursework in math or a language), problematic letters of recommendation, failure to demonstrate English proficiency (for students for whom English is not their first language), or one of the common application mistakes.

To learn more about the University of Maryland and what it takes to get in, be sure to check out the UMD Profile.