Prospective Transfer Students
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 information on transfer admissions to the University and the application process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The Pre-Transfer Advising Program provides support to prospective transfer students by assessing their readiness to transfer to the University of Maryland and estimating their time to degree completion. Students can contact the Pre-Transfer Advising office up until they are offered admission to the University of Maryland. Please note that the Pre-Transfer Advising office is not housed within Letters and Sciences. For more information visit; http://www.pretransferadvising.umd.edu/
Transfer Credit Services
Transfer Credit Services exists to facilitate the evaluation of credit for transfer students and to give information and assistance to transfer advisors and prospective students. The Transfer Credit Services website provides a database that provides information on how courses from other institutions may transfer to the University of Maryland.
Prospective transfer students may use this site as a way to unofficially check their courses’ transferability to Maryland. Please note that there are several factors that may affect how your courses may or may not transfer to the University (i.e. grades, recent changes in curriculum, etc.). Official transcript evaluation does not occur until after student is admitted to the University. For more information please visit;www.transfercredit.umd.edu.
Once in Letters and Sciences students are assigned a permanent advisor that will work with each student during their time in the program. The role of the advisor is to guide the student through their course selection and major exploration, as well as providing any information that will help the student succeed at the University of Maryland.
All LTSC students have mandatory advising required before they will be cleared to register for the upcoming semester.
Academic Majors, Minors and Certificate Programs
The University of Maryland has over 100 majors, minors and certificate programs from which to choose. Feast your eyes on the diverse range of academic opportunities by visiting:
- Academic Majors: https://admissions.umd.edu/explore/majors
- Academic Minors: https://admissions.umd.edu/explore/colleges-and-schools/majors/minors
- Certificate Programs: https://oes.umd.edu/graduates-post-baccalaureates-professionals/professional-graduate-programs
Limited Enrollment Program Majors
Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) are majors at the University of Maryland that control enrollment and require students to meet specific admissions requirements such as gateway courses and grade point averages. The University's current LEP programs are as follow:
- Business (Accounting, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Operations Management)
- Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemistry, and Biodiversity and Conservation
- Criminology & Criminal Justice
- Government & Politics
For more information on LEP majors visit: www.lep.umd.edu. Please note that Business is a competitive admissions programs.
First Year Courses
UNIV107 Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Colloquium: A one-credit course designed for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related majors. The course will focus on career and major exploration and career development. Additionally, this course will assist students to begin their exploration of the world of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and the various avenues to STEM related professions through class assignments, group projects and a guest speaker series.
UNIV108 Business Exploration Series Colloquium: A one-credit course designed for students interested in pursuing a career in business. Students learn the fundamentals of career exploration and what the internship and job search process entails. Emphasis is placed on the Smith School of Business application process, leadership, and skill development necessary for educational and career advancement. This course is recommended for students that will not apply to the Smith School of Business until the end of the semester they enroll in UNIV108.
UNIV150 Finding the Signal in the Noise: A three-credit course for all first year students that helps them to answer the question, "What are the challenges of information-based prediction in the age of big data?" The course will utilize Nate Silver's book The Signal and the Noise to engage a multidisciplinary exploration of information-centric forecasting in modern economic markets, infectious disease networks and climatic modeling. Students will use primary literature to understand the unity and diversity of data inference challenges across each of these disciplines and will build skills in proposal research, authorship and scholarly communication.