Prospective Students & Admission

Prospective Students & Admission

Are you passionate about helping the environment? Was AP Environmental Science one of your favorite classes?  Have you considered a career in the federal government, consulting firms, non-profit organizations, or outdoors? Do you wish to understand the world’s environmental challenges through a domestic and global lens?  

If so, consider majoring in ENSP! The Environmental Science and Policy Program welcomes all students with diverse academic interests and a commitment to further understand climate change, energy policy, water resources and long-term sustainability. You’ll join a highly-talented group of students and faculty who embrace a multidisciplinary education to solve the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

Below you will find information for prospective students (freshmen and transfer); current UMD students who wish to explore ENSP; and newly-admitted students. 


If you are interested in applying to the University, please visit the UMD admissions website. Once there, find the applicable applicant category (freshman, transfer, international) and follow the instructions.  Please note that all new ENSP students enter as "Undeclared"; you will choose your concentration later during your advising sessions.

We encourage you to explore the ENSP website thoroughly.  You will find information and resources on our areas of concentration, advising services, major requirements and career resources.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our program.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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.  Check the "FAQ's" for Transfer Students for answers to common questions and apply to Maryland 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.


Please make sure you register for New Student Orientation.  

You will be advised and register for your ENSP courses when you attend your Orientation session.  Advising and Registration will occur after you've attended the Meet Your College Session with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

To help us all prepare, please read the documents below:

You will also receive this information via email a few days before your scheduled orientation date. We look forward to meeting with you!


If you are a current, on-campus student, please visit our "Major Change to ENSP" page to learn how to change your major.

We look forward to meeting you!