University Of Maryland Essays

Q: How can my student apply to the University of Maryland (UMD)?

UMD uses the application provided by The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. This application should be used by students seeking freshman or transfer admission, or students seeking admission to the University of Maryland, College Park at Shady Grove. Get started by creating your profile today.

Q: How do my students share their Coalition profile information with the University of Maryland?

To access the Locker, Collaboration Space and Application Portal, your students must first open an account on The Coalition Platform and complete their Profile. Your students can search for schools they are considering and then choose to share their information with their interested schools. For UMD, this will then add the student to our mailing list to receive future communications.

Q: Will the University of Maryland (UMD) be reviewing or giving feedback to documents in my students’ Lockers?

No. The Locker is a private space for students to invite their high school counselors, teachers and mentors to review documents prior to submitting these items as part of their application. UMD admissions staff do not have access to a student’s Locker, and will not review application materials prior to their submission.

You can learn more about the Locker by watching the Coalition’s video overview.

Q: Will my students be at a competitive disadvantage for admission if they do not backfill their Locker with materials?

No. The Locker is designed to offer a private space for students to organize and get feedback on materials from high school counselors, teachers and mentors throughout their high school journey. Maintaining a record of these items will help prepare students to complete their college application, but students are not required to have anything stored in their Locker to apply to the University of Maryland.

Q: How do I submit application documents like letters of recommendation and transcripts through The Coalition?

The Coalition has free, built-in tools which allow the applicant to request that letters of recommendation and transcripts be sent directly from teachers and counselors. These items will appear in the student’s Locker as received and the student can include them when submitting their application, but they cannot view or edit these items. 

The University of Maryland will still accept application materials submitted through Naviance, Parchment and mail. For a list of acceptable submission methods, review our Submitting Documents page. Items submitted outside of the Coalition can take up to two weeks to process and reflect in the Application Tracker.

Q: What essay questions does the University of Maryland (UMD) use on the application?

UMD will use the essay questions provided by the Coalition.

Q: What materials does my student need to submit to complete the University of Maryland’s application?

Depending on whether the student is applying for freshman or transfer admission, and whether they are an international applicant, different materials are required. You can view what materials are required for a completed application by visiting our Application Checklists page. Answers to frequently asked questions specifically regarding the freshman and transfer application process can be found on the Freshman Application FAQs and Transfer Application FAQs pages. 

College Essay Breakdowns


Below, you’ll find a collection of guides on writing the admissions essays for all schools that require essays in the US News and World Report Top 100. They include all the tricks we’ve picked up in our tenure as leaders in the world of college admissions, sourced from our powerful network of consultants. With our guides, you can learn to write a college essay that will truly impress admissions officers.


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American University

Amherst College

Bates College

Baylor University

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bryn Mawr College

Brigham Young University

California Institute of Technology

Carleton College

Carnegie Mellon University

Claremont McKenna College

Colgate University

College of William and Mary

Colorado College

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Emory University 

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hamilton College

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Haverford College

Johns Hopkins University

Lehigh University

Macalester College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Northwestern University

University of Notre Dame

New York University

Oberlin College

University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University – University Park

Pomona College

Princeton University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Smith College

Southern Methodist University

Stanford University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Texas A&M University 

Tufts University

Tulane University

University of California (UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara)

University of Chicago

University of Georgia

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of Florida

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland – College Park

University of Pittsburgh

University of Southern California

University of Texas – Austin 

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin, Madison

University of Washington

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Wake Forest University

Washington and Lee University 

Wellesley College

Williams College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Yale University




Our Essay Breakdown Philosophy


Writing personal essays can be among the trickiest parts of completing your college applications – yet they also provide one of the best opportunities to set yourself apart from other applicants. In fact, an extremely well-written essay can even get you accepted at a school where your profile is slightly weaker than average. Essays allow admissions officers to better understand you as a person, an applicant, and a potential contributor to their campus culture and community.


To write a successful essay, you need to demonstrate your unique personal skills and experiences, strong character, and interest in the school, all while maintaining a distinct personal tone and showing off impressive writing chops.


It may sound kind of hard – don’t worry, we initially thought so too.


Thankfully, you don’t have to face this challenge alone. What makes CollegeVine different is that we were in your shoes just a few years ago. We know which essay strategies work, and which don’t, because it wasn’t so long ago that we were submitting our own applications and crossing our own fingers for good results. Now that we’ve made it through the essay writing process alive – and learned a lot a long the way – we’ve decided to share what we know with you.


To craft our essay breakdowns, we start with the most qualified mentors from top universities around the country. We select our authors for the strength of their writing, their creativity and clarity of thought, their knowledge of college admissions, and their proven track records of writing essays that impress admissions committees at top universities. Finally, we train them extensively in the practical knowledge we’ve picked up over the years from editing thousands of college essays. The result? An unmatched level of quality, all absolutely free.



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