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Undergraduate Prospective Students

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You want to create change — with a degree in public policy, that's exactly what you'll do.


Public policy is how we – citizens, communities, organizations and governments – come together and create change. But what does that mean for you? It means our undergraduates are ready to look at the complex issues facing their communities, the nation and the world, and find innovative solutions that serve the public good.

During your time at the School, you will seek to answer questions like: How do we transform our societies to avoid the worst effects of a changing climate? What role should governments, nonprofits and businesses play in addressing social and economic challenges? Are we ready for a world where decisions are made by machines, not humans?

Explore a major in public policy


Our programs open doors for students to explore their big ideas — from working at government agencies, renowned nonprofits and in private industry to pursuing graduate work in the field of their choice. Undergraduate alumni are developing policy, and working with those who do, to cross boundaries and bridge divides as ethical and engaged practitioners.

Learn more about careers in policy

Learn more about the Policy Terps community
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Connect with Us

  • Virtual Information Sessions are aimed to let future Policy Terps from near and far learn more about our programs and services.  See a list of upcoming admissions events here (link to the same one that is on the page, but can you update it with the two events below?)
  • Virtual campus visits are available Monday - Friday during business hours. Staff and graduate assistants are available to tell you more about where SPP holds classroom and student spaces. Learn more about visiting campus at Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Attend a School of Public Policy event!  You can see a full list of our events and speaker series here.
  • Classroom Visits can be arranged to give you an inside look at a policy class! Fill out this form to request a visit and we let you know which courses are available during the semester that you may be interested in attending.
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