Prospective students must have earned a high school diploma from an accredited school or the GED and must have successfully completed all requirements as specified below:
- Four years of English
- Three years of Social Science/History
- Two years of laboratory-based science
- Four years of Mathematics including Algebra I, II and Geometry
- Two years of a Foreign language
Students with at least a 2.5 overall grade point average along with an 850 on the SAT (Math/Reading only) will be considered for admission into the university. The ACT is also considered with a minimum composite score of 18. The average fall freshman class enters with a 3.00 grade point average and 882 on the SAT.
Applicants for admission who have earned a GED are accepted for admission provided they have obtained an average standard score of 50 with no score under 40, or if all standard scores are above 45 on the exam.
Graduates of Non-Accredited Maryland High Schools
Applicants are required to have competitive SAT/ACT test scores and commendable grades. Students who meet entrance requirements are admitted on condition. The conditionals status is removed upon the completion of 24 semester hours and a GPA of 2.00 or higher.
Admission of Home-Schooled Students
All home-schooled students must demonstrate compliance with state and local education regulations. Demonstration of the competencies outlined in the USM requirements for admission may be combined with scores on a nationally standardized examination such as ACT or SAT to satisfy the minimum qualifications for admission. For Maryland students, the home instruction program must comply with 13A.10.01 of the General Regulations of the State Board of Education.