What is an LEP?

Limited Enrollment Programs are competitive majors at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) that control enrollment numbers to maintain program quality. Once a student has attempted 45 credits, he/she must have successfully completed a specific set of courses called "gateway" requirements.

The following guidelines pertain to all Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs):

  • Only one 'gateway' or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once
  • 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

Direct Admits: Direct Admits are students admitted into an LEP as first-time freshmen. In order to continue in the major, a student must successfully complete a 45-credit academic 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 UMD who would like to change majors to an LEP. External transfers are students applying to UMD 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 UMD by indicating the major(s) of interest. With the single application for transfer admission, students are first admitted to UMD and then to Limited Enrollment Program majors based on LEP standards.