It requires careful planning and effort on your part to apply to college. In this
section, you will find information about the various types of colleges and universities
in Maryland – there is even a neat search feature to help you find
one that will be a good fit. Included here are also some helpful hints as you arrange
campus visits and prepare to begin the application process. Be sure to take a look
at the steps for completing the application.
A helpful resource is the public library of Baltimore City and
the Maryland State Library Resource Center. The Enoch
Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United
States. The library serves the residents of Baltimore with locations throughout the city, and the residents of Maryland
as the State Library Resource Center. Look at Finding Information
about Colleges at: prattlibrary.org
Welcome to the Maryland Transitioning Youth Website for families and youth
with disabilities. Here you will find information and resources for transition planning,
postsecondary education, employment services and much more. http://www.mdtransition.org/
This will vary depending on the type of college you are interested in. If you know
that you want to go to a community college and then transfer to a four-year college
or attend a private career school, applying only to the community college or private
career school may be enough.
If you plan to attend a four-year college or university, 4 to 8 colleges is a common
range. Talk with your guidance counselor and parents to decide what is best for
you. A good rule of thumb is to apply to a “reach” school (one that
might be difficult to be admitted to) and one “safety” school (one that
might be easier to be admitted to).
Where do I get a college application?
Applications are available online from the college or university. You can also call
or write to the admissions office to request one. Some colleges accept the same
application, called the Common
Application . Historically Black Institutions also have a Shared Application . All or only parts of these
applications may be accepted, so be sure to check the specific requirements for
the college you are interested.
When are applications due?
The due date will depend on the college. Most colleges have a December or January
deadline for submission. Earlier decision options require a November or sooner submission.
There are also colleges that have rolling admissions, meaning there is no specific
due date; but the application should be submitted in time to begin in the fall.
What should I do before I submit the application?
First, make sure you followed all directions carefully. The next step is to proofread
- always proofread! Even if submitting online, print and proofread the application
before submitting it. Finally, you should make a copy of every application for your
How is the application submitted?
Most colleges have an online application process, but you can also mail the application.
Check with the college to find out the preferred method for submitting the application.
Keep in mind that each application usually requires a fee (about $25 to $100+).
You may be eligible for an application fee waiver, talk to your guidance counselor
about your options.
Take time to prepare a strong application. Along the way, never hesitate to ask
questions – there are people willing to help you! It’s important to
start early and to get organized.
Parts of the Application
Other Application Requirements
Writing the Essay
Maryland has many postsecondary institutions for a State of its size. These consist
of two year public and independent colleges, four year public and independent colleges
and universities, and many private career schools. To get you started in the right
direction, consider what each has to offer.
Some community college credits can be transferred to four year colleges. Community
colleges have transfer counselors who help students with this process. In addition,
consult ARTSYS to
find out what courses from Maryland community colleges will transfer to Maryland
Usually, transfer-oriented degrees offered at community colleges tend to be an Associate
of Science or A.S., an Associate of Arts or A.A., and an Associate of Arts in Teaching
or A.A.T. These degrees include introductory courses in various fields (that is,
“general education courses”) that are usually taken in the first two
years at a four-year institution.
Liberal Arts Colleges
Private Career Schools
When choosing a private career school, it’s important to get the facts and
ask questions. Here is a guide to help you choose the right career school.
To search for private career schools in Maryland, go here .
It’s hard to figure out if a college is a good fit without spending time on
the campus and talking to students who have been there a year or more. Even if the
college is local or a community college, visit the campus. If your family can’t
travel to a college, check with your guidance counselor to find out if your high
school is planning a group college tour. Also, a lot of colleges now offer virtual tours . To
help you prepare for a visit to a college campus, there are some key things to keep
A campus visit goes quickly, so you and your parents should have a plan for the
visit. Here are some things to look into ahead of time:
What to Bring:
Questions To Ask During a Campus Visit
A college guide will tell you some, but not all, of the things you need to know.
Always come prepared to ask the admissions office staff and students on campus questions.
Here are a few questions to get you started:
For the Admissions Office
6 N. Liberty St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3301 Toll Free: (800) 974-0203