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The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) seeks to enroll students who demonstrate the potential for academic success, which is assessed by examination of high school and/or previous college coursework and the results of standardized tests. Admission to the IAA is granted without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or disability. For your convenience, we offer rolling admissions throughout the year. 

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Admission Requirements - 

High School Records:

To be admitted into the IAA, students must be high school graduates or have the equivalent documentation. The IAA must receive an official high school transcript with verification of graduation. Admission prior to graduation from high school will be conditional until the student completes the high school curriculum and has a final official transcript sent to UMD.

Standardized Tests:

Applicants must submit results from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), or take the IAA entrance exams. Submission of these test scores may be waived if the applicant documents successful completion of college-level Math and English courses prior to enrollment at the IAA.

If you have taken the SAT or ACT, please send your scores directly to UMD. The code to submit SAT scores is 5814. The code to submit ACT scores is 1746.

IAA Entrance Exams:

Students who do not meet the 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 will be required to take the IAA Math and English Entrance Exams. The entrance exams are untimed, free of charge, and proctored in Jull Hall.

  • Math covers basic arithmetic and word problems. Questions are presented in a multiple choice format. Students are encouraged to review our Math Practice Exam.
  • English covers identifying sentence errors, sentence completion, and improving sentences. Questions are presented in a multiple choice format. There is no essay. Please use our Critical Reading Practice Exam to review.

Previous College Records:

Students with prior college experience are to submit transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. College transcripts will be reviewed for admission purposes and transfer course credit. College transcripts take precedence over high school transcripts in determining admission. 

Additional Criteria:

Standardized test scores and grade-point averages (GPA) on selected courses will be used to help determine the applicant's potential for academic success, but they are not the sole factors in deciding the applicant's admissibility. Personal interviews and letters of recommendation may also be considered.

Agriculture Forward at Maryland

To be considered for Ag Forward, applicants must:

  • Be a first-time college student.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 upon graduation from high school.
  • Earn a minimum score of 500 on both the Math and Critical Reading portions of the SAT, or an equivalent score on the ACT.
  • Possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Submit an application for admission to the IAA by March 15.

When to Apply:

Students may apply any time after they have completed their junior year of high school. The Institute of Applied Agriculture offers a rolling admissions program which means we accept applications anytime you are ready to apply, with the exception of Ag Forward applications, which are due on March 15.