Most schools offer students the option of using an online application in addition to the paper process. Use whichever form you feel best suits your needs. If yours is a special case where an essay is not required but you would like to explain unusual circumstances (i.e., why you had several withdrawals in one semester, or poor grades in starting college), you may want to write a letter to accompany your application. Students applying to Maryland state schools after April should consider using the online application to speed up the process.
Apply to many of the institutions participating in ARTSYS. The electronic application program allows you to quickly apply to schools and "track" your application's progress electronically and the site includes a list of Maryland school home page links. A credit card or check may be used for application fees. Students applying to the University of Maryland, College Park only should apply here.
The recommended form of 241 selective independent colleges and universities is the free Common Application. This application is given equal consideration by these colleges and universities with their own paper forms. You can download and mail a printed version or you can download and email the online version of the Common Application here.
Some institutions have different application deadlines for freshman and transfer students. Check out each specific school for deadline information. While some schools may have a July 1 deadline for Fall transfer admissions, if you plan to live on campus you may need to apply much earlier to meet housing deadlines. The general rule is to apply well in advance of published deadlines for maximum consideration.