Policy 210.00

Undergraduate Admission Policy

Originator: Vice President and Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

Subject: Undergraduate Admission Policy

  1. Purpose
    1. In accordance with University System of Maryland Policy III–4.00 — Policy on Undergraduate Admissions, this Policy sets out the requirements for admission to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) for undergraduate study in all UMGC divisions.
    2. As UMGC is committed to serving non–traditional students, the admissions requirements reflect that UMGC is an open university.
  2. Scope
    1. This Policy applies to all applicants and admitted students at any UMGC division for study towards a Bachelor's Degree.
    2. Information about the completion requirements for a bachelor's degree may be found in UMGC Policy 170.41–Degree Completion Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.
    3. As to admissions for study towards an associate's degree, all UMGC divisions admit applicants who are on active military duty and UMGC's Europe and Asian divisions may admit applicants who are eligible for admission under UMGC's agreements with the Department of Defense. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to the director, Student Affairs, UMGC Europe or UMGC Asia.
    4. Students admitted to pursue the associate of arts degree in UMGC's overseas divisions will be permitted to complete the degree at UMGC Stateside. Information about the completion requirements for an associate's degree may be found in UMGC Policy 170.42–Degree Completion Requirements for an Associate's Degree.
  3. Policy
    1. General Admission Requirements
      1. In accordance with this Policy, all applicants who have graduated from a U.S. regionally accredited or state approved high school or who have passed a high school equivalency examination, as indicating on the application, may be admitted to undergraduate study at UMGC.
      2. Admission is initially granted or conditioned based upon the information provided on the application by the applicant.
      3. UMGC will not admit an applicant who has graduated from a high school located in the United States which is not regionally accredited or state approved unless the applicant's record has been specifically reviewed and approved for admission by the Director of Admission.
    2. International Applicants Admission Requirements
      1. Applicants who have not graduated from a high school located in the United States or in one of the countries listed on the international undergraduate enrollment site must demonstrate English language proficiency to be eligible for admission by submitting one of the following:
        1. The Internet–based, or paper–based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
        2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), including the academic writing and academic reading modules;
        3. A transcript indicating completion of a degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university; or
        4. A transcript indicating a grade of C or higher in an English composition course from a regionally–accredited U.S. college or university.
      2. Applicants must arrange to have official score reports sent directly from the testing agency to Undergraduate Admissions. The TOEFL score recovery code for UMGC is 5804 and test scores must be less than two years old. Information on acceptable scores may be found at the international undergraduate enrollment
    3. Concurrent High School Students Admission Requirements
      1. UMGC may admit applicants who are attending a U.S. regionally accredited or state-approved high school and who are at least sixteen years of age to undergraduate study concurrently with high school enrollment, contingent on prior written permission from the appropriate officials at the local school system and prior verification of at least a 3.5 unweighted grade point average in high school academic subjects.
      2. Exceptions to the criteria noted above in C.i will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
      3. A Concurrent High School Student may enroll for no more than 7 credits at UMGC each term.
      4. A Concurrent High School Student shall be enrolled as a non-degree seeking student until such time as the student submits to UMGC appropriate documentation that the student has graduated from a U.S. regionally accredited or state-approved high school or passed a high school equivalency examination.  Upon verification of such documentation, the student may become a degree-seeking student and may enroll in more than 7 credits per term.
    4. Graduate Students Enrolled in Undergraduate Courses
      1. Students who have completed a bachelor's or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution may be admitted to UMGC for undergraduate study without providing the documentation required in Sections III.A. and IV.A. of this Policy if they provide proof of their postsecondary education degrees. Students may not pursue a graduate and undergraduate degree simultaneously; instead, they may hold only one classification each academic term. Students admitted as graduate students at UMGC may take undergraduate courses at the undergraduate rate of tuition, and may enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently; however, courses taken in undergraduate status cannot ordinarily be applied to a graduate degree program. Based upon articulation agreements between UMGC's Graduate School and School of Undergraduate Studies, specific courses taken in undergraduate status may apply to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs if student eligibility and grade requirements are met.
      2. Undergraduate students attending other University System of Maryland (USM) institutions may take undergraduate courses at UMGC contingent upon a letter of permission from their institution certifying good standing and eligibility to return to the institution. Transferability of academic work completed at UMGC is determined by the student's home institution.
  4. Verification of High School Graduation
    1. General Verification Requirements
      1. An admitted student must verify graduation from a U.S. regionally accredited or state approved high school located in the United States or the passing of a high school equivalency examination by the end of the second term of study at UMGC.
      2. Failure to submit verification of graduation from a U.S. regionally accredited or state approved high school by the second term of study will prevent the student from enrolling in additional courses at UMGC.
    2. International Student Verification Requirements
      1. Admitted applicants with international credentials must verify graduation from high school and that their studies are equivalent to graduation from a U.S. regionally accredited or state approved high school by the end of the second term of study at UMGC.
      2. Verification must be obtained by the student from a UMGC-approved international credential agency.
      3. Failure to submit verification of graduation from high school and that their studies are equivalent to graduation from a U.S. regionally accredited or state approved high school by the second term of study  will prevent the student from enrolling in additional courses at UMGC.
    3. Admitted Students with Transfer Credit Verification Requirements
      1. UMGC will waive verification of graduation from a U.S. regionally accredited or state approved high school or passing of a high school equivalency examination, if an applicant has completed at least 24 credit hours i) at a U.S. regionally accredited institution of higher education or ii) that is transferable college coursework as validated for the student by a UMGC–approved international credential agency.
      2. Verification must be submitted by the end of the second term of study or students will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses until the relevant documentation is supplied.
  5. Provisional Status Student
    1. General
      1. An applicant otherwise eligible for admission will be admitted as a provisional status student if his/her admission application indicates that:
        1. he/she within the last two years attended an institution of higher education; and
        2. at that time, he/she had a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or he/she was academically dismissed from that institution.
      2. A student will no longer be in provisional status under Section V.A. when:
        1. his/her cumulative grade point average at UMGC is at least 2.0, and
        2. he/she has completed at least 7 credit hours at UMGC.
    2. Applicants Educated Outside of the United States
      1. An applicant otherwise eligible for admission will be admitted as a provisional status student if his/her admission application indicates that he/she has graduated from a high school located outside of the United States. Provisional students under Section V.B are not eligible for financial aid at UMGC.
      2. A student no longer will be in provisional status under Section V.B. when high school graduation is verified or the verification is waived.
      3. An applicant may be admitted as a provisional status student under both Section V.A and V.B. In that case a student no longer will be in provisional status when the conditions set out in both V.A. and V.B. are met.
    3. Applicants with Credit hours
      1. Provisional students may register for no more than 7 credit hours at UMGC each term.
  6. Applicants Subject to Discipline by Another Institution
    1. Applicants who have been expelled, dismissed, or suspended by any institution of higher education, including the institutions in the University System of Maryland, must disclose this information on the UMGC admission application.  In addition, as a condition of admission, such applicants must submit the following to the Director of Admissions for UMGC Stateside or the Director of Student Affairs for UMGC Asia or UMGC Europe:
      1. Information from the disciplining institution indicating the reason for the expulsion, discipline, or suspension; and
      2. A written explanation regarding the expulsion, dismissal, or suspension by the institution of higher education.
    2. Upon receipt of this information, UMGC will consider the application and determine the admissibility of the applicant.
    3. UMGC will not admit applicants who are not admissible to a University System of Maryland (USM) institution pursuant to the USM Board of Regents Policies, including as example: in accordance with USM Policy III–1.00, students expelled, dismissed or suspended for reasons of academic dishonesty by any institution in the University System of Maryland.
  Current Policy Prior Policy
Policy Number 210.00 210.00
Date 4/15/13 3/29/11