University of Maryland Admissions Statistics

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

The McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland
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The University of Maryland at College Park is a selective public university with a 45 percent acceptance rate. Successful applicants need have grades and standardized test scores that are considerably above average. The university has a holistic admissions process and uses the Coalition Application exclusively. Applicants will need to submit an essay, letters of recommendation, and information about extracurricular activities.

The University of Maryland consistently ranks among the top Maryland colleges, top Middle Atlantic colleges, and best national public universities.

Why the University of Maryland?

  • Location: College Park, Maryland
  • Campus Features: Located just north of Washington D.C. and numerous area colleges, students can take advantage of the city's many cultural, entertainment, and learning opportunities. The 1,250-acre campus is well known for its attractive red-brick buildings.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 18:1
  • Athletics: The Maryland Terrapins compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.
  • Highlights: Students come from all 50 states and 118 countries, and they can choose from over 800 student clubs, 92 undergraduate majors, and nearly 200 graduate programs. The university also wins high marks for its value.

University of Maryland Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered the University of Maryland in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 45 percent. Below are SAT scores and ACT scores of admitted students organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 630 720
Math 650 750
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little over 500 for each section, so you can see that Maryland students generally perform significantly above average. If you compare SAT scores for the Big Ten universities, Maryland emerges as one of the most selective schools in the conference.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 29 35
Math 28 33
Composite 29 33

The SAT is nearly twice as popular as the ACT among Maryland applicants, but either exam (or both) is fine for your application. An average ACT score is roughly 21, so as with the SAT, students who attend the University of Maryland tend to score significantly above average.

Maryland GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph for Admission

University of Maryland GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission
University of Maryland GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission.  Graph courtesy of Cappex

The University of Maryland GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph was self-reported by applicants to the university. GPAs are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your won chances of getting into Maryland with a free account at Cappex.

Discussion of the University of Maryland's Admissions Standards

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 (ERW+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.

It's important to realize 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.

Rejection and Waitlist Data for the University of Maryland

Rejection and waitlist data for the University of Maryland
Rejection and waitlist data for the University of Maryland.  Graph 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.

More University of Maryland Information

The University of Maryland's in-state tuition is a true bargain, and a little over 50 percent of applicants receive grant aid as well. The majority of students don't rely on loans. When calculating costs, keep in mind that a third of applicants don't graduate in four years.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 40,521 (29,868 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male / 47 percent female
  • 93 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,399 (in-state); $33,606 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,402
  • Other Expenses: $2,440
  • Total Cost: $26,491 (in-state); $49,698 (out-of-state)

University of Maryland Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 68 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 52 percent
    • Loans: 32 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,955
    • Loans: $8,087

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors Accounting, Biology, Communication Studies, Criminology, Economics, English, Exercise Science, Finance, History, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 5 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 67 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Track & Field, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball

If You Like the University of Maryland, You May Also Like These Schools

Many applicants to the University of Maryland apply to other universities in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Some popular choices include Towson University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and American University.

Further afield, other popular choices include Virginia Tech, Boston University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Make sure your college list includes at least one or two safety schools to ensure at least one acceptance letter.

Data Sources: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics