Admission Requirements

  • Freshman- First Year Admissions Requirement

    High School GPA & Standardized Test Score Requirement 

    Applicants with at least a 2.5 overall grade point average along with an 850 on the old SAT (Math/Reading only) and 930 on the new SAT (Evidence Based Reading & Writing/ Math only) will be considered for admission into the university. The ACT is also considered with a minimum composite score of 18.

    High School General Course Requirement

    Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in course work as specified below:

    • Four years of English
    • Three years of Social Science/History
    • Two years of laboratory-based science
    • Four years of Mathematics including Algebra I, II and Geometry (A Mathematics course must be taken in the 4th year)
    • Two years of a Foreign language

    GED Requirements

    Applicants who have earned a GED are accepted for admission provided they have obtained an average standard score of 50 with no score under 40, or if all standard scores are above 45 on the exam.

    Graduates of Non-Accredited Maryland High Schools

    Applicants are required to have competitive SAT/ACT test scores and commendable grades. Students who meet entrance requirements are admitted on condition. The conditionals status is removed upon the completion of 24 semester hours and a GPA of 2.00 or higher.

    Home-Schooled Students

    All home-schooled students must demonstrate compliance with state and local education regulations. Demonstration of the competencies outlined in the USM requirements for admission may be combined with scores on a nationally standardized examination such as ACT or SAT to satisfy the minimum qualifications for admission. For Maryland students, the home instruction program must comply with 13A.10.01 of the General Regulations of the State Board of Education.

    For Your Information- Other Admissions Procedures

    Prospective students are required to complete an Application for Admission and pay a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. Applicants must also have submitted official secondary and/or college transcripts and official SAT or ACT test scores.

    Determination of Admissions

    Admission to UMES is granted to those applicants whose academic qualifications indicate potential for succeeding in college. The determination of this decision is the responsibility of the Office of Admissions. Admissions decisions are determined by the following criteria: evaluation of secondary school records, performance on standardized test (SAT or ACT), letters of recommendation and other application data.

    The calculation of high school grade averages is based on academic subject grades in grades 9-12. Prospective students are required to take standardized admissions test and are encourage to complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school.

    Notification of Admission

    Decisions for admissions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. The Office strives to notify a prospective student of decisions with 3-4 weeks.