Agriculture Forward at Maryland
Agriculture Forward (Ag Forward) at the University of Maryland, College Park is an access program for first-year college students who plan to pursue a career in agriculture and natural resources. Students earn both an Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) certificate and a bachelor's degree from one of the programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR):
- Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC)
- Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)
- Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP)
- Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)
- Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC)
- Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA)
Participants receive dual academic advising from IAA and College of AGNR faculty members to ensure a seamless transition. At the end of four years, students who have met all program requirements graduate with both credentials from the University of Maryland.
Minimum Admission Requirements:
- High school diploma or GED
- 3.0 cumulative grade point average upon high school graduation
- Minimum score of 500 on both the Math and Critical Reading portions of the SAT, or a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT*
- U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
- Completion of the IAA application process
*Students who do not meet the minimum SAT/ACT or have not taken either exam may contact the IAA staff about taking an alternative entrance exam.
Students who apply by the March 15 priority deadline will be notified of their admission decision no later than April 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space available basis. Please note that campus housing is limited and may not be guaranteed for students who apply late.