Undergraduate Program

Admission Standards for College Park

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions in the Mitchell Bldg administers the Smith School of Business at College Park admission process. Applications to the Smith School can be accessed here. For questions, call 301-314-8385 or e-mail lep@umd.edu.  For further information on the University's Limited Enrollment Program policies and the Smith School's admission requirements visit http://www.lep.umd.edu.

Admission to the Smith School is competitive. Admission requirements and policies may be subject to change. Please check online for the most up-to-date information, dates and locations of information sessions. Also, please refer to the Frequently Asked Admission Questions section below to get answers to many of your admission questions. Upper-division BMGT programs are offered at both College Park and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Montgomery County.


Direct admission to the Smith School is offered on space-available basis to first-time applicants who present the most competitive academic records.

All students admitted as freshmen must demonstrate satisfactory progress (2.000 GPA or better) plus completion of Gateway courses (BMGT 220, BMGT 230, and MATH 220, 140 or 130--each with a minimum grade of "C-" or better) by the semester they reach 45 credits (excluding AP & ESL), at which time they will be reviewed in order to determine whether they can maintain eligibility to complete a Smith School of Business major. (Note:Only one gateway or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once.  Appeals will be considered.)

Internal and External Transfer Students

Transfer admission to the Smith School is highly competitive. Academic record, co-curricular involvement, leadership experience and honors and awards will be considered in the admission decision. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a resume and letter detailing their accomplishments and experience with their applications.

Internal and external transfer students may apply to compete for admission to the Smith School of Business on a space available basis after successfully completing the following gateway courses and meeting the specific admission requirements below. 

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required to be considered for admission.
  • Students may apply for admission beginning in the semester in which they will earn 45 credits.
  • Completion of Gateway courses, all with "C-" or better:
    • BMGT 220 Principles of Accounting I
    • MATH 220 Elementary Calculus I, MATH140 Calculus I, or MATH130 Calculus I for the Life Sciences
    • BMGT2301 or 2312 Business Statistics (or equivalent)

1 The following courses are approved substitutes for BMGT230: BIOM301, CCJS200, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, PSYC200, and SOCY201.
2 The following courses are approved substitutes for BMGT231: ENCE302, ENEE324, ENME392, or STAT400.


  • Only one gateway or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once.  When more than one course can satisfy a gateway requirement, taking a second course from the list of options will count as a repeat. (This new provision is effective for all students who first matriculated at the University of Maryland in Spring 2015 or later.)
  • Application for the Smith School at Shady Grove and College Park constitute separate program locations.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.000.  Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major.
  • Any student denied admission or dismissed from the major may appeal electronically to the Associate Dean of the College as instructed.

Application Deadlines for Transfer Students: Completed applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be received not later than:

  • Fall Semester:
    • March 15th
  • Spring Semester:
    • November 1st

 Applications to the Smith School can be accessed here.  For questions, call 301-314-8385 or e-mail lep@umd.edu.


Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

I have heard about the Smith School Program at Shady Grove. What is this?

The Smith School offers the upper division portions of four majors—Accounting, Marketing, Management with specialization in Entrepreneurship, and International Business, through the Universities at Shady Grove, located in Montgomery County. The Smith School program at Shady Grove is taught by the same corps of faculty, consists of the same coursework, and has the same entrance requirements as those offered at UMCP. Admission is competitive at both locations, due to capacity limitations. All students who wish to apply for admission to the Shady Grove campus may contact Director Luke Glasgow at 301-738-6079 or lglasgow@rhsmith.umd.edu for additional information.

Are my grades and credits from another college or another major counted in the gpa I need to be considered for transfer admission?

Yes. All grades from all coursework taken anywhere are included. All credits previously attempted are included when calculating your total number of credits, regardless of how many are transferable to the University of Maryland. You are required to submit transcripts for all coursework previously taken.

How can I find out if the courses I took at my previous college transfer to the University of Maryland?

Please go to the Transfer Credit Services website and click on transfer course database to locate your previous school. You can see if courses from your previous institution transfer to the University of Maryland College Park, and if they are equivalent to UM courses.

How will I know for sure that I will be admitted? May I indicate a preference for program location?

You will be evaluated for admission in a competitive pool of other applicants for the same semester. You may indicate your preference of program location in your cover letter.  However, the admission committee will offer placement to either College Park or Shady Grove business program, based upon capacity in the program and the strength of your application. While we understand the preference of many students to study on the main campus, currently space limitations prevent us from accommodating all of the admitted students at the Smith School at College Park.

If I am not admitted, may I apply again the next semester?

You can apply once only to each program location—College Park or Shady Grove. You may apply to Shady Grove and to College Park at the same time, indicating your 1st preference.

Who can I talk with to assess my chances of admission to BMGT?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has a Limited Enrollment Programs Coordinator and counselors who are knowledgeable about the requirements and strategies for admission to the Smith School.  These counselors can be reached at lep@umd.edu and at 301-314-8385.  These counselors offer walk-in hours at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (located on the ground floor of the Mitchell Bldg) during the Fall and Spring semesters from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. For Summer hours contact lep@umd.edu. In addition, regular information sessions are offered by the Admissions Office each semester. Please check the Admissions Office Web site, and/or here.

Will I be able to apply to BMGT Honors and/or Smith Fellows Programs for my 1st semester in BMGT?

All Smith Undergraduate Fellows programs are restricted to BMGT majors. As a prospective student, you may access the Smith website submit your application online. Your acceptance would be provisional, based upon the final admission decision. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Will I be admitted if I complete all the admission criteria and have at least a 3.000 overall grade point average?

Admission to the Smith School is competitive for a limited number of spaces at both locations (College Park and Shady Grove). Therefore a 3.000 overall grade point average does not guarantee admission to the Smith School. It is strongly recommended that students applying to the Smith School have alternative majors in place in case they are not admitted to the Smith School.