Transfer Students

Transfer students are a vibrant part of the School of Public Health community.

If you've graduate from high school and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours at a reginally accredited college or university, we consider you a transfer applicant. All incoming transfer students are expected to attend a day long Transfer Orientation in order to learn more about the University, the School of Public Health, and their major. During the end of this orientation program students will have the opportunity to register for classes. For more information please refer to our Orientation page


General Education

Students admitted to the University of Maryland, including transfer students from private and non-Maryland public institutions, beginning in Fall 2012 are subject to the University's new General Education program requirements, except as provided below:

  1. 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 completed 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.

  2. Students transferring to the University from another Maryland public institution of higher education who have not completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be treated as follows:

    • Students who matriculate to college beginning in Fall 2012 and thereafter will be subject to the new General Education program requirements upon transfer to the University of Maryland.

    • Students who matriculate to college prior to Fall 2012 but transfer to the University of Maryland prior to Fall 2016 will be subject to the CORE general education requirements.

    • Students who transfer to the University of Maryland beginning in Fall 2016 and thereafter will be subject to the new General Education program requirements, regardless of the date of their matriculation at another Maryland public institution of higher education following award of the high school diploma.

  3. Students returning or transferring to College Park after a separation from college of five or more continuous years must follow the requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.

  4. Students who matriculate to the University with a bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited college or university will be considered to have satisfied the University's general education requirements, regardless of when the degree was received.

Transfer Coursework

Transfer students normally come into our programs having completed a number of CORE/GenEd major required courses. Students looking to transfer into one of our four undergraduate majors may also complete some of our major required courses prior to admitting to the University. 

If you are interested in declaring a major in the School of Public Health as a transfer student you may want to use the SPH Transfer Student Checklists (linked below) to help you decide which courses to take prior to transferring into the School of Public Health. Please use the transfer credit database available through Transfer Credit Services to look up course equivalency at UMD.

 For further assistance please contact the UMD Pre-Transfer Advising Office.

Transfer Admissions

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall Admission

  • Priority Application Deadline - March 1
  • Regular Application Deadline - June 1

Spring Admission

  • Priority Application Deadline - August 1
  • Regular Application Deadline - November 15

Confirmation Deadline for Fall/Spring: 30 days from date of admission

For more information please visit the UMD Undergraduate Admissions website.


Transfer Application Checklist

Make sure you have submitted the following items to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

  1. The completed online application for undergraduate admission. This includes an essay of no more than 300 words describing why you wish to transfer for the University of Maryland.
  2. A nonrefundable application fee of $65, sent with your application. You may pay online or be billed separately by the University.
  3. An official copy of all college transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office of all former colleges. A final transcript must also be sent upon completion of any courses in progress.
  4. An official copy of your high school transcript, as well as SAT and/or ACT scores. These are not required if you have completed more than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the time you apply to the University of Maryland.
  • Optional: A resume or statement of academic and extracurricular activities.
  • Optional: A letter of recommendation. You may submit a letter of recommendation through the online application.

International applicants must submit additional application materials and should review the international applicant guidelines.

For more information please visit the UMD Undergraduate Admissions website.

For further information on transfering to the University of Maryland please contact the UMD Pre-Transfer Advising Office.