Office of Undergraduate Studies

Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) at the University of Maryland

All students may apply for Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Limited Enrollment Programs are competitive majors at the University of Maryland that control enrollment numbers to maintain program quality. Once a student has earned 45 credits, he/she must have successfully completed a specific set of courses called "gateway" requirements. See the individual links below for specific requirements.
The following guidelines pertain to all Limited Enrollment Programs:

  • Only one 'gateway' or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once.
    Please note that if a student receives a grade of "W”, the course must be repeated.

  • Students may apply only once to an LEP. Students who were directly admitted and fail to meet the performance review criteria will be dismissed from the major and may not reapply.

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 after admission to an LEP. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major. Some programs require a higher grade point average at the 45-credit review process. These conditions are due to external accreditation requirements.

Direct Admits: Direct Admits are students admitted to an LEP as first-time freshmen. In order to continue in the major, students must successfully complete a 45-credit review. If a student is not directly admitted to an LEP, he/she will be assigned to Letters and Sciences. Students in Letters and Sciences wishing to major in an LEP will apply as internal transfer students.

Internal or External Transfer Admits: Internal transfers are students already at the University of Maryland who would like to change majors to an LEP. External transfers are students applying to the University of Maryland who would like to major in an LEP. The admissions requirements for Internal and External Transfers are the same.
External transfer students from other institutions apply to LEP's through the general application for admission to the University by indicating the major(s) of interest. With the single application for transfer admission, students are first admitted to the University and then to Limited Enrollment Program majors based on LEP standards.

For more information, please contact

Summer walk-in hours in the LEP office are held on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4pm and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12pm on the Ground Floor of the Mitchell Building, starting June 4th and ending August 28th. Current students should go to for more information.


Limited Enrollment Programs