University of Maryland College Park

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.

Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP)

The Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) is designed to ensure that CSM students are well prepared for seamless transfer to University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and that they are well prepared for success when they get there. MTAP helps students that want to begin and complete their college education in the State of Maryland. 

  • Students apply for MTAP as a new student entering CSM or as a student currently enrolled at CSM. Upon acceptance, students take classes at CSM in preparation for transfer to UMCP. Also, MTAP students may take classes at UMCP with a 25% course-tuition scholarship. 
  • Please keep in mind that this guarantees admission to University of Maryland, College Park, not Limited Enrollment Programs within UMD. Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs) have additional requirements that students must meet in order to be considered eligible for admission into these majors.
  • For more information about transferring to University of Maryland, College Park and course selection, please contact an Academic Advisor on any of 3 campuses or email advisor@csmd.edu. 
  • Students are eligible to apply for MTAP Guaranteed Admission Transfer for the early action deadline following the receipt and posting of final grades for all required 30 semester credits. If you've applied for MTAP prior to earning grades for any credits, you would likely be eligible to transfer to UMD while in progress of your third semester. This would require applying by the early action deadline. A complete application requires all materials, including transcripts, must be post-marked by our office by the early action deadline.
  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Spring admitted freshman
    • Students who are re-enrolling at the University of Maryland
    • Students currently enrolled at a four-year institution
    • Students who have been academically dismissed from the University of Maryland
    • Students who apply for MTAP and admission to the university at the same time
    • High School students who are dually enrolled at a community college
  • Students must participate in MTAP for a minimum of one semester before transferring to UMD. To complete the program requirements and successfully transfer to UMD, students should work closely with a CSM advisor to meet the following minimum criteria:
    • Complete 30 college credit hours or earn an associate's degree from the College of Southern Maryland.
      • Credits earned at another two- or four-year institution can be used to meet the MTAP requirements, as long as the last 15 credits are completed at CSM. 
    • Complete fundamental studies in English and mathematics.
    • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a B average from all previous institutions attended.
      • AP/IB credits can be used to satisfy the fundamental English and Math courses required for MTAP, however, they will not count towards the overall 30 college credit hours required to complete MTAP ro apply for transfer admissions to the University of Maryland. Original AP/IB test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • Adherence to all admission policies in addition to the academic stipulations already listed.
    • Submit a completed UMD transfer application by the early action deadline following the semester in which you'll complete all MAP requirements. 
      • MTAP applicants are required to submit updated official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  • To view frequently asked questions about MTAP, please click here

 

Air Force ROTC

To participate in the UMD Air Force ROTC Crosstown Agreement, CSM students must do the following: 

  • Complete the UMD ROTC Registration Form.
  • To request a Permission to Enroll at Another Institution each semester, please complete this Request Form
  • To request an Enrollment Verification, please complete visit the Registrar's Website
  • Be available to attend training at the UMD campus every Thursday morning. Each day will typically end at around 1pm. It is recommended that students do not register for classes on Thursdays, except evening courses. 
  • For more information, please contact afrotcdet330@umd.edu. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: Because UMD is requiring vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff, they extended that to "part-time" students, which our crosstown students are considered. Anyone registering via the crosstown process will be required to upload their vaccination cards or submit a request for religious or medical exemption. Please note that this vaccination process is separate from the College of Southern Maryland's vaccination status. Students participating in the Crosstown Agreement will need to complete the vaccination approval process at both the College of Southern Maryland and University of Maryland College Park. 

view our air force rotc crosstown agreement

A. James Clark School of Engineering Transfer Opportunity Program

The College of Southern Maryland has entered into an agreement with University of Maryland, College Park, to allow CSM students the opportunity to participate in the Southern Maryland ENTRY Program.

The ENTRY Program is designed to provide structured pre-transfer advising to students throughout their community college enrollment. Key elements of the program include:

  • A minimum of two pre-transfer advising appointments with the transfer advisor at the A. James Clark School of Engineering (one appointment upon enrolling in ENTRY and one appointment in the semester prior to transfer).
  • A minimum of two pre-transfer advising appointments with the Pre-Engineering Coordinator at CSM (one appointment upon enrolling in ENTRY and one appointment in the semester prior to transfer).
  • Ongoing advising support for all students participating in the ENTRY Program.
  • Targeted email communication regarding key transfer information (e.g., MTAP information, application deadline reminders, scholarship information, internship information, etc.).
  • Coordination between the community college and A. James Clark School of Engineering designed to support students in their transition to the four-year school.

To be eligible for ENTRY:

  • Must have earned their high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Matriculate to CSM.
  • Desire to pursue an Engineering degree through the University of Maryland College Park, at either the UMD Main Campus, the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM), or the Universities at Shady Grove (USG).

Students may apply to ENTRY as early as their first semester at CSM and should apply no later than their second-to-last semester at CSM. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis.

ENTRY Application

 

Computer & Electrical Engineering

For the State-Wide Computer & Electrical Engineering Transfer Agreement:

  • Degree will transfer as a "block" to fulfill the first two years of a student's academic program. 
  • Upon successful transfer to UMD the student will complete the remaining 300 and 400 level courses, including any prerequisite classes that may be missing from their ASE program. 
  • To be eligible to participate in the State-Wide Computer Engineering Transfer Agreement, CSM students must:
    • Graduate with the Associate of Science in Engineering in Computer Engineering.
    • Meet the gateway requirements:
      • Earn a minimum grade of a C in CHE-1350 (Chemistry for Engineers) or CHE-1210/L (General Chemistry II)
      • Earn a minimum grade of a B in MTH-1210 (Calculus II)
      • Earn a minimum grade of a B in PHY-1210 (Physics I)
      • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all college-level work at all colleges attended (no rounding up)
      • Grade and Retake Policy:  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).
    • To be eligible to participate in the State-Wide Electrical Engineering Transfer Agreement, CSM students must:
      • Graduate with the Associate of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering.
      • Meet the gateway requirements:
        • Earn a minimum grade of a C in CHE-1350 (Chemistry for Engineers) or CHE-1210/L (General Chemistry II)
        • Earn a minimum grade of a B in MTH-1210 (Calculus II)
        • Earn a minimum grade of a B in PHY-1210 (Physics I)
        • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all college-level work at all colleges attended (no rounding up)
        • Grade and Retake Policy:  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).

Limited Enrollment Programs

Several majors at UMD, known as Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP), have limited space and, therefore, have more competitive admission criteria beyond the university's general requirements. These majors include:  

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Policy: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Immersive Media Design - Computing Track (B.S.)
  • Immersive Media Design - Emerging Creatives Track (B.A.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

NOTE: As of Fall 2021, Journalism is no longer classified as a Limited Enrollment Program at University of Maryland College Park. 

NOTE: As of Spring 2022, the Government and Politics major at UMD is no longer a Limited Enrollment Program. Transfer students who apply for Government and Politics Fall 2022 and beyond will be reviewed for direct placement into the major. Questions regarding the major or the admissions process can be sent to ApplyMaryland@umd.edu with the subject line "Transfer Student GVPT Inquiry."

Prospective UMD students should indicate their preferred major when completing their online application for admission. However, your preferred major does not affect your admissibility to the university. 

Admitted students who select an LEP as their major are reviewed by the specific program to determine admission to that major. While the majority of students are admitted to their preferred major, some LEP applicants may not be. Students who are admitted to UMD but not their preferred LEP major are placed in Letters & Sciences, where they will work with an advisor to meet the gateway requirements to earn admission to that major. Admitted students who did not select an LEP major are admitted directly to the major indicated on their application. All major decisions are included in the applicant's admission decision letter. 

To view the gateway requirements for your desired Limited Enrollment Program, please visit the LEP website

The following guidelines pertain to all Limited Enrollment Programs:

  • 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.
  • Students may apply once to an LEP.
  • Students who were directly admitted and fail to meet the performance review criteria will be dismissed from the major and may not reapply.
  • 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.
  • Any student denied admission or dismissed from the major may appeal in writing to the individual LEP.

Biological Sciences

See the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) website for majors in: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Science: Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation - these are all Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP's at UM) with specific gateway course requirements. 

UMCP-CSM Course Equivalencies for Biological Science Majors

Along with biology, chemistry, and calculus courses, students are recommended to take both courses of any 2-course sequence at the same school as the courses may not match up topic by topic. 

Biology Course Sequences @ UMCP:
BSCI 160 = CSM's BIO 1070 
BSCI 161 = CSM's BIO 1070L
BSCI 170 = CSM's BIO 1060
BSCI 171 = CSM's BIO 1060L
BSCI 222 = CSM's BIO 2040 and BIO 2040L

CSM does not offer the equivalent to BSCI 207. Students who wish to take BSCI 207 at UMCP may do so through the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP), where students may take one course at UMCP while enrolled at CSM. 

Mathematics Course Sequence for Biological Sciences at UMCP:
MATH 140 & 141 Calculus I & II = CSM's MTH 1200 & 1210 Calculus I & II

Chemistry Course Sequence @ UMCP:
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I = CSM's CHE 1200
CHEM 132 General Chemistry I Lab = CSM's CHE 1200L
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I = CSM's CHE 2200
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I Lab = CSM's CHE 2200L
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry II = CSM's CHE 2210 
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II Lab = CSM's CHE 2210L
CHEM 271 General Chemistry and Energetics = CSM's CHE 1210
CHEM 272 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab, 2 credits = There is no equivalent at CSM. Students should take this course after transfer or while enrolled at CSM through MTAP. 

Physics Course Sequence for Biological Sciences at UMCP:
Students in the  Biological Science major at UMD take PHYS 131 and PHYS 132 (Physics for Life Sciences). CSM does not offer these courses, but CSM’s students could take Calculus based Physics at CSM (PHY-1210/L and PHY-2200/L) to fulfill the two Physics with lab requirement at UMD. UMD students take our PHYS131 and PHYS132 (Physics for Life Sciences) generally in their Junior year, CSM could do the same. UMD does not accept the PHYS121/PHYS122 equivalents (CSM's PHY-1010/L and PHY-1020/L).

Note that starting in Fall 2022, PHY-1210 and PHY-1210L will now be PHY-1310 at the College of Southern Maryland. PHY-2200 and PHY-2200L will now be PHY-2300 at the College of Southern Maryland. These will still transfer the same to University of Maryland College Park. 

To see UMCP Four-Year Plans for suggested course sequencing, please visit https://bsci.umd.edu/major-requirements

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK

The University of Maryland, College Park, requires students to complete a minimum of 40 credits of general education. Students transferring to the University who have completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be considered to have competed their general education requirements with the exception of an upper-level writing course and any additional credits necessary to complete the minimum number of general education credits.
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