Limited Enrollment Programs at the University of Maryland

About Limited Enrollment Programs

Certain majors are very popular and require a limit on the number of students they can accommodate and are designated Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Students in an LEP major must successfully complete a specific set of courses, or "gateway" requirements by the semester in which they earn 45 credits. All students may apply for Limited Enrollment Programs. See the individual links below for specific requirements.

Student Categories

Direct Admits: Direct Admits are students admitted to an LEP freshman. In order to continue in the LEP major, students must successfully complete a 45-credit review. Please see individual programs for details.

External Transfer Admits: External transfers are students applying to the University of Maryland who would like to major in an LEP.
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. Students are first admitted to the University and then to Limited Enrollment Program majors based on LEP standards.

Current Students (Internal Transfer Admits): Internal transfers are students already at the University of Maryland who would like to change majors to an LEP. Students currently attending the University of Maryland, College Park who wish to switch to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) or add an LEP as a second major can submit an LEP application.

LEP Guidelines

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. When more than one course can satisfy a gateway requirement, taking a second course from the list will count as a repeat. (Please note that a grade of "W" is considered an attempt and 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.

Current students and transfer students (not applicable to direct admits) must submit an LEP application.
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