Admissions

All first-time freshmen who designate communication as a major prior to the last day of classes of their first semester will be admitted directly into the program. They must sign a Memorandum of Understanding that states that they understand that by the semester in which they attain 45 University of Maryland credits (excluding AP), they must meet the following Gateway requirements:

  • Complete one of the following courses with a grade of C- or better:

    BMGT 230; CCJS 200; EDMS 451; PSYC 200: SOCY 201, or STAT 100.
  • Complete COMM 107, COMM 200, or COMM 230 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Complete COMM 250 with a grade of C- or better.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or better

Students may only repeat one of the Gateway requirements one time in an attempt to meet admission requirements, and students who fail to complete all of the gateway requirements by the semester in which they attain 45 credits will be dismissed from the program and cannot reapply.  

Transfer Students

Internal transfer (current UMD students whose major is not Communication) and external transfer students who meet the Gateway requirements specified above must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in all college level coursework to apply to the program. 

Applying

To apply to the Communication major, please complete the online application found here.  The application deadline for fall admission is the 5th business day in June (June 7, 2017); the application deadline for spring admission is the 5th business day in January. Notification of admission status will be sent out in Mid-June for fall applicants and in Mid-January for spring applicants. Students who are concerned about meeting the C- requirement in gateway courses or the 2.7 GPA minimum requirement are advised to wait to submit the application until after their final grades are posted for the current semester. Students may only apply to an LEP major once.

Declaration Process

After submitting the application, a student’s major will be officially changed to Communication (or added if a double major) only after all of the following steps have been completed:

  1. Receive acceptance notification from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (usually 1 to 2 weeks after the deadline, even if the application is submitted early);
  2. Take the Foreign Language Placement Exam;
  3. Meet with a Communication advisor* to begin a 4-year plan; and
  4. Meet with an Arts and Humanities advisor* to complete a 4-year plan.

*Steps 2, 3 & 4 may be completed by a student after officially submitting the application, while he or she is waiting to receive acceptance notification. However, the student’s major will not be changed or added until after all steps have been completed. Students will not be permitted to enroll in courses restricted to COMM majors until this process has been completed.

Note that all of the above steps must be completed by the end of the Schedule Adjustment period in the semester for which the student applies. Failure to do so will result in the student not being able to change to/add the Communication major and he or she will not be able to reapply.

Appeals

All students may appeal admission decisions. Students directly admitted as freshmen, who are dismissed because of failure to meet Gateways or be in good academic standing at 45 credits, may appeal directly to the Undergraduate Director in the Department of Communication. All other students who are denied admission may submit their appeal to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.