We hope you will consider joining us on campus in the future!  In these very uncertain times, we would like to offer our full support and accessibility.

Interested in a particular department or major?  Please listen to our previously recorded Student to Student Series, presented by our Dean's Student Advisory Council.  Hear from students, faculty, and alumni about what it means to be a major within each respective BSOS department.

9/24/20: CCJS

10/1/20: GVPT

10/8/20: ECON

10/15/20: PSYC

10/22/20: HESP/GEOG/ENSP

10/29/20: SOCY/ANTH/AASD

Interested in becoming a Terp?  Here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind:
  • The University of Maryland's (UMD) application for Fall 2021 is now live!

    Located within the Washington, D.C. beltway, UMD is a top-ranked institution with more than 90 undergraduate majors, 800+ student organizations and hundreds of research and internship opportunities available. Your path to joining our world of fearless ideas and becoming part of the next class of Terps begins with a few simple steps:



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

    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.

    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.

    • *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 scholarships

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

  • 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 Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants. Additional information can be found on our Future Terps Updates page. 

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, visits and tours may be unavailable.  Find out more information on virtual Open Houses and webinars via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Applications received after the regular deadline will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis.

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

Spring 2020 Archive:

We have recorded a virtual open house presentation, narrated by our Associate Dean, Dr. Katherine Russell. 

You may also listen to our Global and Federal Fellows program presentation, narrated by Dr. Joan Burton.  Here, you will learn about exciting internship and research opportunities that our students benefit from, given our close proximity to Washington, D.C.

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us via Zoom for a BSOS Admitted Student Online Chat/Q&A on either Friday, April 3 or Friday, April 10.  You may review the recorded sessions below.

Zoom Online Chat Session 4/3 {fast forward to where the slideshow screen is visible}

Zoom Online Chat Session 4/10

Our departments have also compiled a list of pertinent resources for you below.  Additionally, we'd like to direct you to the Admissions website for a virtual tour of campus!


Anthropology Home Page


African American Studies Home Page


Criminology/Criminal Justice Home Page


Admitted Student Handout

Economics Home Page

econadvising [at] umd [dot] edu (Questions? Contact Us!)


ENSP Online Q/A and Chat

Environmental Science and Policy Home Page

abm13 [at] umd [dot] edu (Questions? Contact Us!)



Geographical Sciences video

Geographical Sciences Home Page

geog-advise [at] umd [dot] edu (Questions? Contact Us!)


Kadeem Khan (Student video)

GVPT Open House Website

Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)


Hearing and Speech Sciences Powerpoint

Hearing and Speech Sciences Website

Hearing and Speech Sciences Undergraduate Program

Hearing and Speech Sciences How to Get Involved

Guide to HESP

grissoms [at] umd [dot] edu (Questions? Contact Us!)


Neuroscience Home Page

Neuroscience Information Sessions

ASOH 4.3.20 Neuroscience Recording


PSYC Open House Web Page

Psychology Home Page


Sociology Home Page

Additional Resources-

Global/Federal Fellows Handout

BSOS One Sheeter for Admitted Students