Prospective & New Students

Welcome, Admitted Students!

Virtual Commencement with Darryll Pines and The Terrapin

Welcome to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences!

Congratulations on your recent admission to the University of Maryland! We hope you are just as excited as we are to Be the Solution!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) at the University of Maryland is a premier institution of academics, instruction, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Leveraging the diversity of their backgrounds, ideas and disciplines, our faculty, staff, students, and alumni work to be the solution to the world’s great challenges. BSOS boasts nationally and internationally ranked academic programs in conjunction with our incomparable proximity to the nation's capital. Our college also offers a uniquely colocated career planning and academic advising office. You can learn more about the Feller Center on their website.

If you are interested in visiting campus for a daily visit or an open house, check out the Admissions Events Calendar. You can also see what's happening in BSOS by visiting our events calendar. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsosumd and on Facebook at facebook.com/bsosumd to learn more about our students, programs, events, research, and more.

In the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, we are committed to investigating, discussing, and taking action to recognize and to prevent anti-Black racism and violence, as well as structural racism. We are also strongly committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in both our administration and our research. To learn more about our work in anti-racism, please visit our BSOS TerrapinSTRONG page.

If you have any questions about joining BSOS in the fall, please feel free to reach out to us at admitbsos@umd.edu and we will be more than happy to help.

Below, we have gathered a list of resources from each of our undergraduate programs so you can learn about the amazing academic opportunities that the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has to offer.

Applying to Maryland

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind:


PREPARE

Be sure to review our requirements and checklist before you begin your application. You can apply to UMD via Common App or MyCoalition.


COMPLETE

Mark your calendar for UMD’s early action deadline, November 1. Applying by this deadline gives you priority consideration for admission, merit-based scholarships and invitations to special programs.

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FAQs


CONFIRM

After submitting your application, you will be directed to create a Terps Application Portal account to track the status of your application materials. You are responsible for confirming the receipt of all required materials.

Important Application Information

What does "Early Action Deadline" mean? 

An early action deadline is a nonexclusive, nonrestrictive, priority deadline.  Students applying to Maryland are free to apply to as many universities as they would like, as this deadline is not binding.  Applying by November 1 means you took action sooner, and you will hear from us by the end of January with an admissions decision.

The early action deadline is non-binding; these applicants will have until the date listed in the "Enrollment Confirmation Deadline" column on our Admissions website to confirm their enrollment.

For priority consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the early action deadline where applicable. Freshmen who apply by November 1 for the fall semester will receive priority consideration for admission to the university, merit-based scholarships and invitations to special programs. Transfer students who apply by the early action deadline for the fall semester will receive priority consideration for admission to the university and merit-based scholarshipsApplications received after the regular deadline will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis.


Financial Aid

Students and their families are encouraged to begin working on their FAFSA paperwork to identify the best solution for their financial needs.


Test Scores

As a result of the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UMD recognizes that many students will not be able to access the SAT and ACT tests that are traditionally required in order to apply for admission. Therefore, UMD will be SAT/ACT optional for Fall 2022 applicants. Additional information can be found on our Future Terps Updates page.


Campus Visits

During the COVID-19 pandemic, visits and tours may be unavailable. However, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is offering a number of virtual events and programs throughout the semester. Find out more information on virtual Open Houses and webinars via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


Questions? 

Visit the Apply Maryland FAQ site, or email us at admitbsos@umd.edu. Be sure to follow us on Instagram - @BSOSUMD!

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Departmental Scholarships

Check with your department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and advising staff for more information on departmental scholarships and awards:

Additional Information:

  • Students who have previously been awarded a College of Behavioral and Social Sciences scholarship may not reapply for the scholarship which they were awarded; however, past recipients are welcome to apply for other scholarships, if qualified.
  • Students may apply for more than one scholarship; however, they must meet the individual qualifications and submit separate short answer responses for each scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the college’s Scholarship Reception (to be held virtual or in-person) - date TBD annually.
  • Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a Thank You note to the benefactor of the fund and record a short Thank You video message to accompany the note.

Questions regarding BSOS scholarships or the application process can be e-mailed to: bsos-scholarships@umd.edu.