College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Prospective Students & Admission

The Environmental Science and Policy Program welcomes all students with diverse academic interests and a commitment to solving the world's most pressing environmental challenges! 



If you are interested in applying to the University, please visit the UMD admissions website(link is external). Once there, find the applicable applicant category (freshman, transfer, international) and follow the instructions.  Please note:

  • All new ENSP students enter as Undeclared; you will choose your concentration later during your advising sessions.
  • All but one of the ENSP concentrations are open to all students.
  • The concentration in ENSP-Biodiversity and Conservation Biology is part of a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) in Biological Sciences.  Interested ENSP students will be guided through entrance requirements during advising and most ENSP applicants will be admitted. 



To prepare for a successful transition to UMD:

1. Vist the Pre-Transfer Advising Office.  The Pre-Transfer Advising Office offers walk-in advising for students who want to figure out what classes in ENSP will transfer over to UMD and what you should consder taking (depending on what you major in here at UMD).  They will also advise you on how the transfer process works in regards to applying and how the coursework will appear on your record.

It is best that you meet with the Pre-Transfer Advising Office for advising since that is their duty and area of expertise!  

We want to make sure you are meeting with all the right people!


2. Use the Transfer Guide for Environmental Science and Policy to help you decide which courses to take at your current institution. 

  • Use the UMD Transfer Course Database to search though a complete list of evaluated transfer courses from a specific institution.  The information provided by this Transfer Course Database can help you to determine how some courses at various Institutions will transfer to the University of Maryland.


 3.  Other things to consider:

COMPLETE: Calculus and your basic sciences before coming to Maryland.

EXPLORE:  Areas of concentration and related careers.

  • Then get involved in clubs, volunteer activities, part-time jobs, or internships related to these interests. Practical experience is an important part of learning.

CHECK:  "FAQ's" for Transfer Students for answers to common questions and apply to Maryland(link is external) as soon as you're ready. We look forward to meeting you!



Once you have been admitted to the University of Maryland as an incoming first year or transfer student, please visit THIS PAGE to learn more about being a newly-admitted Terp, including information on how to confirm your admission and sign up for new student orientation.  

If you are interested in how your AP or IB credit will transfer over, visit this page.



If you are a current, on-campus student, please go to Declaring ENSP to learn how to change your major.

We look forward to meeting you!

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