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Letters & Sciences (LTSC) is home to almost half of all incoming transfer students to the University of Maryland. Transfer students in LTSC are typically seeking admission to one of the University’s Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) majors, while others are undecided on their major. For those who are unsure about a particular major, LTSC provides the opportunity to explore several fields of study before selecting a major. For students who are not directly admitted to the limited enrollment program of their choice LTSC assists them with completing the gateway requirement to be eligible to apply to that major. In addition to courses required for specific majors students in Letters & Science enroll in courses that satisfy the University’s General Education requirements, which allow them to explore different academic areas while fulfilling graduation requirements.

Why might you be in Letters and Sciences?

  1. You've been accepted to Maryland as a transfer student (with fewer than 60 credits) but were denied direct admission to a specific major.
  2. You've been accepted to Maryland as a transfer student (with more than 60 credits) but were denied admittance to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP).
  3. You've been accepted to Maryland, but are “undecided” about your major.

 


1. You have been accepted to the University of Maryland as a transfer student (with fewer than 60 credits) but were denied direct admission to a specific major:

Did you know that not all students who are accepted to the University of Maryland are automatically accepted into the major of their choice? After students have been accepted to the University, they may also be reviewed for admission to one of several majors on campus which are called Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP).  These programs have additional, more competitive requirements for admission or limited space available. The programs are Business; Biological, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation; Communication; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Engineering; Government and Politics; Journalism; or Psychology.

LTSC defines students in this category as being “undeclared.” We realize students may not have been admitted to their program of choice, and advisors work with those students in making a second application in the semester when they complete their requirements. If you were denied direct admission to one of the programs as a transfer student, you still have the ability to take gateway courses for the major and apply again as long as you have not violated the LEP repeat policy and can acheive the necessary overall GPA.

Letters and Sciences advisors will assist you in the planning of courses and application. For information about applying, please see www.lep.umd.edu. Find the major you are interested in and look for the term “internal transfer” student. Students already at the University of Maryland are considered “internal transfer” students because they transfer between colleges on campus. The sheet will explain the courses you will take in the coming semesters to gain entry to the major. Be sure to read information on AP/IB credits, the repeat policy, and how the overall GPA is reviewed.

Note: The courses you will take toward the LEP are often exactly the same courses students accepted as direct admits will take during their freshmen and sophomore years. There are virtually no differences. If you take the courses and are successful with them—earning the desired GPA and course grades —you will get into the major. The one exception to this rule is Business. By their nature, and because of space constraints, students compete for entry.

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2. You have been accepted to the University of Maryland as a transfer student (with more than 60 credits) but were denied admittance to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP):

Did you know that not all students who are accepted to the University of Maryland are automatically accepted into the major of their choice? After students have been accepted to the University, they may also be reviewed for admission to one of several majors on campus which are called Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP).  These programs have additional, more competitive requirements for admission or limited space available. The programs are Business; Biological, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation; Communication; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Engineering; Government and Politics; Journalism; or Psychology.

Students entering LTSC with 60 or more transfer credits that were denied direct admission to an LEP are placed into the Interim Advising Program (IAP). In IAP students are allowed to remain in LTSC for two semesters before having to declare a major. If you were denied direct admission to one of the programs as a transfer student, you still have the ability to take gateway courses for the major and apply again as long as you have not violated the LEP repeat policy and can acheive the necessary overall GPA.

Letters and Sciences advisors will assist you in the planning of courses and application. For information about applying, please see www.lep.umd.edu. Find the major you are interested in and look for the term “internal transfer” student. Students already at the University of Maryland are considered “internal transfer” students because they transfer between colleges on campus. The sheet will explain the courses you will take in the coming semesters to gain entry to the major. Be sure to read information on AP/IB credits, the repeat policy, and how the overall GPA is reviewed.

Note: The courses you will take toward the LEP are often exactly the same courses students accepted as direct admits will take during their freshmen and sophomore years. There are virtually no differences. If you take the courses and are successful with them—earning the desired GPA and course grades —you will get into the major. The one exception to this rule is Business. By their nature, and because of space constraints, students compete for entry.

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3. You Have been accepted to Maryland, but are “undecided” about your major:

Students that apply to the University of Maryland College Park with no major in mind and list “undecided” on their application are placed in Letters and Sciences. Our staff is trained to assist “undecided” students in exploring courses taken for our general education requirements which will open new fields of study and exciting prospects for majors. In LTSC, students will work with an academic advisor in deciding on a major and making academic progress toward graduation. There are over 130+ majors on the campus, a variety of minors and certificate programs, and we are certain there is a perfect fits for every student! More information on how LTSC advising works is available on the Advising Overview page.

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