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Undergraduate Admissions

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Build a career in making a difference.

With a degree in public policy, you put your passion to work. We welcome you to join our community — a vibrant group of Policy Terps from around the world and across disciplines. Depending on your current status, the path to becoming a Policy Terp varies. If you have any questions along the way, do not hesitate to contact us.

First-time Freshman Students

We encourage you to apply for admission to the University by the priority deadline of November 1. There is no separate application for our major and seats in the major are guaranteed as we are NOT a limited enrollment program. Please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for assistance with your online application for freshman admission and further information about the application process.

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Current University of Maryland Students

Declare a public policy major and join our program. Speak to our academic advisors for more information and to plan out your coursework.

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Transfer Students from Another Institution

Thank you for your interest in studying public policy at the University of Maryland! We encourage you to carefully review the expectations for academic rigor in upper-level coursework at the University. Most students transferring from 2-year community colleges find that the academic expectations are more demanding than what they have experienced in community college. Full-time students should anticipate a Monday-Friday class schedule on campus. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can help you become familiar with the University and assist you with your online application.

View the University's transfer requirements

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Learn more about our programs and the campus. Meet our admissions staff and mingle with fellow prospective students on campus, across the nation and virtually.

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