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.
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.

Student Categories

Direct Admits: Direct Admits are students admitted to an LEP as first-time freshmen. In order to continue in the LEP major, students must successfully complete a 45-credit review. If a student is not directly admitted to an LEP, he/she will be assigned to Letters and Sciences. Students in Letters and Sciences wishing to major in an LEP will apply as internal transfer students.

Internal or External Transfer Admits: Internal transfers are students already at the University of Maryland who would like to change majors to an LEP. External transfers are students applying to the University of Maryland who would like to major in an LEP. The admissions requirements for Internal and External Transfers are the same.
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.

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Fall walk-in hours in the LEP office are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4pm on the Ground Floor of the Mitchell Building, starting September 15th and ending December 11th. Current students should click here for more information.

List of Limited Enrollment Programs

Please note: Architecture and Landscape Architecture are no longer Limited Enrollment Programs. Please see their websites for more information.

Current students and transfer students (not applicable to direct admits) must submit an LEP application.
For more information, please contact