University of Maryland College Park merit scholarships for out-of-state students

by Grace

University of Maryland – College Park is a selective state institution that offers merit aid to out-of-state (OOS) students.  Ranked 55 on US News list of National Universities, total enrollment is about 27,000.  UMCP has  its own stop on the Metro transit system, giving it convenient access to Washington DC.  The estimated total Cost of Attendance is $22,433 for residents and $39,804 for non-residents.  About one-third of its students are from out-of-state, and 53% are male.


Each year Maryland’s Honors College, which offers living-learning programs for students with exceptional academic talents”, invites about 1000 undergraduates to its highly selective program. 

The Honors College welcomes a nationally and internationally diverse group of students each year. There is no quota for in-state versus out-of-state students.

Out-of-state incoming freshman are eligible for several Maryland scholarships.

Banneker/Key Scholarship: The University of Maryland seeks to identify and select some of the brightest high school seniors in the nation to continue their education as Banneker/Key Scholars. There are two award levels for Banneker Key Scholarships. The first award level covers the costs of tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and a book allowance each year for four years. The second award level provides a partial scholarship to go towards tuition and a book allowance each year for four years. Scholarship recipients will also be admitted to the Honors College and will be afforded many other opportunities as they participate in intellectual enrichment programs. For full consideration, students must submit an admission application, application fee, official transcript, essay, recommendations, and official copies of SAT or ACT scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by November 1 for the following academic year.  Selected semifinalists are given a personal interview by the Banneker/Key Selection committee.  Factors such as a candidate’s involvement in community service, talents or skills, leadership, and character all play a part in the final awards. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at www.admissions.umd.edu for more information.

President’s Scholarship: This award provides talented prospective freshmen with scholarship support for four years. Awards ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 per year are offered to incoming freshmen. Students are selected through the admissions process with primary consideration given to academic performance in high school (high school courses and achievement), results of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), extracurricular activities, awards, honors, recommendations, and the essay. For full consideration, students must submit a complete application for admission by November 1. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions atwww.admissions.umd.edu for more information.

Deans’ Scholarship: This award provides talented prospective freshmen with scholarship support for one to two years. Awards ranging from $1,500 for one year to $4,500 for two years are offered to incoming freshmen. To be considered, students must submit a complete application for admission by November 1. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at www.admissions.umd.edu for more information.

Is financial need a factor in these awards??
Because all three scholarships strongly suggest that the FAFSA be completed as part of the application, I suspect that financial need is considered in some way when recipients are selected for these awards.

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

I don’t know the split between OOS and in-state (IS) recipients for these awards, but I believe it can be assumed that most are awarded to Maryland residents.

Test scores are important.  Top statistics are typically required, and these awards have been described as SAT-driven.  Here’s how one student who received a Banneker/Key Scholarship described it.

… In general, if your kid is competitive for admittance to a top 20 college(which you can determine by browsing decision threads), then you are in the running for top merit aid at Maryland.

Related:  Psst – one of Duke’s so-called merit scholarships is actually need-based (Cost of College)

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5 Comments to “University of Maryland College Park merit scholarships for out-of-state students”

  1. Here’s a color piece from some years back on University of Maryland’s ambiance. The headline (a play on the name of the college’s mascot) is really mean: “Shell of a Town.”

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/cover/2006/cover0929.html

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  2. Parents should know that UMD is an island in the middle of a pretty gritty area. I didn’t spend a lot of time in the area when we lived in DC, aside from occasional jaunts to the College Park IKEA, but that’s the reputation.

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  3. The situation sounds horrible, but I’m sure there are many students who do just fine.

    “… UMD is an island in the middle of a pretty gritty area.”

    Sounds similar to my son’s school, although there is a neighborhood – Hyde Park – on two sides of the campus that is part of that island.

    7 Dead, 24 Others Wounded In Weekend Violence … But one of the deadly shootings happened just a few blocks from President Barack Obama’s Chicago home.

    … and a few blocks from my son’s apartment 😦

    http://thenewstalkers.com/forum/topics/5-dead-16-wounded-within-24-hours-in-chicago-including-one-death

    One of the comments from that story offers a clarification:

    Please note, the death near Obama’s house was a robbery, not a gang drive by.

    Good to know, I guess.

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  4. One of my doctor’s kids attends UMCP, but I haven’t had a chance to ask how she likes it. This is her second year, and she might be pre-med. I know she’s studying science.

    I forgot the details, but I read something about UMCP’s close proximity to the NSF that seemed to offer a special advantage in some research/internship opportunities for students.

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  5. “Please note, the death near Obama’s house was a robbery, not a gang drive by.”

    That’s more of a matter of concern, then, because it’s not necessarily an intra-gang thing.

    NIH is also in suburban MD, in Bethesda (not at all close to College Park, but there is a metro station). In general, the DC metro area has phenomenal internship opportunities.

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