Fewer than half of applicants to the main campus of the University of Maryland get in. Successful applicants will need strong grades and standardized test scores to be competitive. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1650 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. The higher your grades and test scores, the better your chances of getting in.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Maryland did not get accepted. Note also that several students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because the University of Maryland in College Park has holistic admissions, so decisions are about much more than numbers. The Maryland admissions folks may take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, short answer responses, special talent (such as athletic ability), personal circumstances, and legacy status.
To learn more about the University of Maryland, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- University of Maryland Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?