Prospective Freshmen

Spend your first day on campus as a Smith Terp! If you’re a driven, inquisitive student committed to being an active participant and leader, then consider a direct application to Maryland Smith. Applying to Smith does not require a separate application — simply mark business (or one of our eight business majors) as your intended major, and your application will then be considered for admission to Smith. 

By applying to the Smith School as a freshman, you’ll have direct access to Smith advising and valuable programs like Smith Start. 

Admission to the Smith School is based on a holistic process. We are searching for a diverse, engaged, and academically talented pool of students. For more information about what our admissions team is looking for, consult our admissions review requirements.

Learn More

Prospective high school students interested in learning more about the Smith School of Business are highly encouraged to visit campus and attend a Smith Friday session. Smith Friday sessions cover the majors, special programs, clubs, and career services offered to Smith Terps. Dates and space is limited for Smith Friday sessions, so please visit our Smith Friday page to register for a date. 

Rising high school sophomores through seniors are encouraged to also explore our summer programs to learn more about engaging with Smith while still in high school! 

Apply

Here’s how to apply directly to the Smith School of Business:

  • Start your application to the University of Maryland in early August of your senior year of high school.
  • Mark “business” or one of our eight academic majors (accounting, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations management or supply chain management) as your intended major. If you do not indicate business as your intended major, you will not be considered for direct admission to the Smith School of Business.
  • Finish and submit your application by November 1 for best consideration.  Applying by the priority deadline not only provides you with an earlier notification, but you are eligible for admission to the University of Maryland’s living-learning programs and best consideration for financial aid.
  • You can also apply by January 20; however, you will not be considered for living-learning programs and may have limited financial aid packages.
  • You must commit to the University of Maryland by May 1. 

Application FAQ’s

What if I’m interested in majoring in two Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs)?

Students cannot double major until after their first semester. Students interested in double majoring in two LEP’s will need to complete the requirements for the other LEP and internally apply. 

What if I didn’t mark business on my application and want to be considered for Smith?

If a student did not mark down business in their application, they can email ApplyMaryland@umd.edu before November 1 to indicate they would like to be considered for Smith Admission. After November 1, students will have to consider transfer admission into Smith. 

Does applying as a business major determine if I am admitted to the University of Maryland?

No. When we review applications, we first review applications on a major-blind basis, determining your admission to the University of Maryland. If you are admitted to the University, then your admission to Smith is considered. Therefore, it is possible you can be admitted to the University of Maryland but not the Smith School of Business. 

Can I transfer into the business school if I am not admitted as a direct freshman?

If you do not receive direct admission to the Smith School, you can apply as a transfer student. A student can apply for transfer admission in the semester in which they earn 45 credits and our gateway courses. Please see our Limited Enrollment Program fact sheet for more details.

Smith Ambassadors

A talented group of undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business serves as Smith Ambassadors. They welcome visiting prospective students by hosting guided tours and answering questions about the Smith Terp experience.

Bridget L., 2022

Finance

What advice would you give to future Smith students?
Get involved early! There are so many opportunities at the Smith School to network with companies and other students in your position which ultimately helps you find future jobs easier.

What makes the Smith undergraduate program unique?
There is a sense of community built early on through the freshman Smith Start program and there are opportunities available to you even as freshmen when you may not have a lot of experience.

What is your best memory from your time at Smith?
My favorite Smith memory was from the second career fair held for Smith students. It was the first time I saw how my work with the Smith school has actually improved my ability to network and understand the work life. Seeing this improvement made me really excited about the future.

Describe Smith in one word: Providing.

Deanna Y., 2022

Marketing & Operations Management and Business Analytics

What advice would you give to future Smith students?
Don't feel overwhelmed! Smith has a lot of amazing opportunities for their students, but take that as an advantage to look into the things that interest and excite you. Step out of your comfort zone and try to meet new people every day! I guarantee you will be greeted by someone every day on the way to class.

What makes the Smith undergraduate program unique?
The Smith community is one of the most loving and supportive group of people I have ever met, and they are here to help you in any way. Not only will you meet some of your best friends at Smith, but you will be a part of a family that collectively works to see each other thrive rather than fail. You will feel as though you have met another family, another home, and that makes Smith so uniquely special.

What is your best memory from your time at Smith?
Smith gave me the opportunity to go to Australia and New Zealand during winter abroad of my freshman year. I was extremely nervous as I did not know anyone on the trip except for one person going in. While I was afraid to be put together with a group of 40 strangers for two weeks, it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was it exciting and adventurous, but it was invigorating and inspiring. Being able to take away so many new insights from one short trip, I feel, is something only Smith can do.

Describe Smith in one word: Forever.

Elizabeth S., 2022

Finance & Operations Management and Business Analytics
Public Leadership Minor

What advice would you give to future Smith students?
Get involved early and take advantage of all the opportunities Smith has to offer. Don't be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone when it comes to joining clubs, attending events, and networking.

What makes the Smith undergraduate program unique?
Smith is unique because even though it is such a big program, students still receive a ton of support and opportunities. There are always advisers available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Also, Smith always has employers coming in just to network with Smith students. As soon as your first day of freshman year it is possible to start making connections!

What is your best memory from your time at Smith?
My best Smith memory is the mock interview program. We got dressed up in business professional attire and were interviewed by employers from various companies. Then, the employer gave us detailed feedback on how to improve. I really enjoyed being exposed to a professional setting, and it helped to calm my nerves for future interviews.

Describe Smith in one word: Supportive.

Genna K., 2022

Supply Chain Management & International Business
Spanish Minor

What advice would you give to future Smith students?
Explore every major here, even if you come in with an idea of what you like, because you never know what you might find your passion in!

What makes the Smith undergraduate program unique?
Smith teaches you everything you need to know to comfortably and confidently network with impressive employers starting from the very first semester of your freshman year.

What is your best memory from your time at Smith?
I got to visit the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America, where I learned about their history, business culture and Switzerland-U.S. relations.

Describe Smith in one word: Dynamic.

Kalista D., 2022

Marketing & Operations Management and Business Analytics

What advice would you give to future Smith students?
Take advantage of everything available to you! Smith offers so many opportunities and resources for you to grow and learn. You just have to get out there and use everything they give you!

What makes the Smith undergraduate program unique?
The endless support you constantly have. No matter what problem you're having, there is always someone who is willing to help you. Everyone challenges one another, pushing you to be your best, but always lending a helping hand. It makes such a big school feel smaller, providing a sense of comfort that's hard to come by, especially in such an outstanding business program.

What is your best memory from your time at Smith?
My first Business Statistics class. I heard a great lecture that emphasized the value of showing up and working hard and it inspired me to always be present and put forth my best effort. Some of the most impactful things I learned the rest of the semester weren't about statistics, but the context and importance of what I was doing.

Describe Smith in one word: Empowering.

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