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The University of Maryland - College Park

Students who got into UMD/UMaryland-College Park:

Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (25), Grades (51), Sports/Extracurriculars (12), College Essay (23)
Get good grades in high school and good sat scoresOct 03 2004Political Science
SAT: 1440 Female
Got 3.75 gpa in high school with a 1470 SATOct 03 2004Finance
got 3.75 gpa in high school with a 1470 SAT. I got 4's and 5's on six ap exams and took rigourous classes at a top high school in MD.
SAT: 1470 Male
EE major:Apr 08 2004Unknown
EE major:
Math: 750 Verbal: 660

HS GPA: 3.7 (out of 4)
SAT: 1410 Male

Getting in? It's mostly the basics that you needJan 07 2004Political Science
Getting in? It's mostly the basics that you need for any school, except the GPAs and SAT scores of incoming students and the number of applications to the university are rising, rapidly. At the LOWEST end, without expecting to get any special programs, scholarships, etc. you should have a 3.5 and above unweighted GPA, and a 3.9 and above weighted. Make sure you have plenty of APs, honors classes and extracurriculars (but honestly, the extracurriculars don't count for all that much.) As for SATs, nobody entered this year's freshman class with below a 1200, and even then the people who did enter with a 1200 must have had pretty spectacular GPAs or extracurriculars. To be on the safe side, again for just getting in, get a 1250. A bare minimum of 1300 is required for any special programs. Good luck.
SAT: 1350 Male
First, academicsJan 03 2004Computer Science
First, academics. You should probably have a 3.5-3.7 to even attempt entry, and if you've taken AP or IB, that's excellent. 5 AP courses gave me a senior weighted GPA of 4.71, which was more than enough to cement my entry *while lacking* in other departments. More on that later. So good academics alone will probably carry you. However, if you're riding the line between "pass" and "failure" in terms of academic requirements, I've also seen a great deal of students get in as a result of their activities, personal achievements, *race*, and so forth. Being a white, middle-class male, I really can't talk, but it's been my experience that being non-majority in almost any way *will* assist your entry. And finally, don't forget recommendations and your essay. These are important. Very, very important. Butter up a few teachers, and get a glowing appraisal. Do a little community service, and then write about it. Trust me. You do not have to work hard here, but do enough that you have some sort of pretense or context in which to write your essay. Email me and I'll be glad to critique your essay - I don't mind helping :) (try , rather than my other email.) Perhaps the largest piece of advice I could give is: *be upbeat*. Do *not* harp on your problems. Focus on the good in everything and do your best to ignore the bad. You are a spin doctor. Make the truth dance to your will, but *do not ever lie*. There is a difference between selective emphasis and blatant falsity. Anyhow. Being able to construct eloquent prose helps. In general, UMCP students do not have to excel in all of these things. A good 50% of the students that apply get accepted, although only 40% of those that get accepted choose to go. If you are decent in all respects or very good in one, you are almost guaranteed success. I don't know... it worked for me :) Good luck!
SAT: 1490 Male
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