Upon admission to the university, you must have official transcripts sent that reflect all undergraduate and graduate work that you have completed or is in progress. If there was a single course that you took at a community college years ago, ask them to send a transcript.
Transcripts indicate many things. For one, they show any degrees that you have completed. They show what courses you have taken, and therefore give some indication of your background. A heavy courseload with high grades shows a strong work ethic. Of course, the number on a transcript that prospective students ask about most frequently is their grade point average (GPA).
The Graduate School requires that your GPA be at least 3.0. The average GPA of entering supported students is usually between 3.6 and 3.8. The average GPA of all entering students is usually between 3.5 and 3.7. While there is no GPA "cut-off" above 3.0, if your GPA is significantly below these averages, your chance for admission or support goes down. A high GPA for more recent and advanced courses will compensate for a low GPA early in your college career. Students who are admitted whose GPA is below average often have other components of their application that are stronger than average.
While completing your application, please upload official or unofficial transcripts with the online application or mail official transcripts to:
Enrollment Services Office-Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742
Failure to do so will delay the processing of materials.
Official transcripts are due when admitted.