College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

Transfer Students


Transfer Admissions from other majors within UMD

If you are a current UMD student planning to transfer from another major on campus please contact us directly. We would like to meet with you directly and discuss the process to switch to our major.

Transfer Admissions from other institutions

Admission of transfer students is encouraged. Many community colleges provide courses that can be transferred to the landscape architecture program. Students presenting an acceptable graphic portfolio, evaluated by the landscape architecture faculty, may be exempted from selected first year courses. Landscape architecture faculty will evaluate all other LARC-equivalent courses transferred from another institution.

All students wishing to pursue landscape architecture and are planning on transferring need to apply to the university first. We highly encourage you apply by the Fall Admission Priority Application Deadline. This allows us to review you earlier in an attempt to help you transfer into our program earlier. If you will be applying, please also be aware of our Studio Placement Benchmark review as this is a separate process. Contact as early as you know you will be applying. We would like to meet with you directly and discuss the process of declaring our major.

Don’t forget to schedule a campus tour then contact April Brohawn (, Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment, for an appointment to learn about how to join the AGNR family! For a tour of the Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, please contact the coordinator of the program you are interested in below. We look forward to your visit!

2+3 year Pathway (2-years Associates + 3 years for the BLA)

Please keep in mind that if you are transferring to UMD with a 2-year degree (or from another 4-year institution) it will take an additional 3 years to complete the degree program, if accepted to the studio cohort. If you're interested in Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, contact us as soon as possible!

Who should apply? Community college students with an interest in design are encouraged to apply to our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program.  Your design classes may qualify you to advance more quickly through our program.  We encourage all students with college level credit in design courses to contact us right away to explore the possibility of matriculating into our 4-year accredited program. The earlier you contact us the sooner we are able to provide you with information tailored to your specific educational background.

Examples of 2-year programs in Maryland:

Anne Arundel Community CollegeArchitecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, and Landscape Design
Chesapeake College Landscape Design, and Landscape Management
Montgomery College Landscape Technology
Community College of Baltimore CountySustainable Horticulture

Useful Tools

A very useful tool for Transfer Students is the Transfer Credit Services website. There you will find the Database of Transfer Credit Evaluations which allows you to see what courses the University of Maryland accepts from community colleges across the country. We only evaluate transcripts of students who have been accepted to the University of Maryland so this database will help you get an idea of where you currently stand.

Another useful practice for Transfer Students is to become familiar with the General Program Requirements for Undergraduate Students. First, determine if you fall into CORE or GenEd. Learn more here: CORE | GenEd | GenEd Transfer Policy

Also, check out the Pre-Transfer Advising website that has some useful information for prospective students, admitted students, community college advisors, parents, and a FAQs section.

And of course, you can check the main Admissions page for admission requirements, applying, financial aid information, and more!

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Diana Cortez.

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