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Is Civil and Environmental Engineering For You?

Why is civil and environmental engineering for you? Civil and environmental engineers touches the lives of all human beings. Whether you have an interest in the technical aspects of engineering or prefer to develop your interest in the business world, civil and environmental engineering is a career path that offers a broad array of career possibilities. If you prefer research or public service, a career in civil and environmental engineering offers direct pathways to exciting and service-oriented careers.


Students who wish to study at the A. James Clark School of Engineering apply for admission to the University of Maryland; there is no separate application for engineering. When filling out the university application, you may choose Civil and Environmental Engineering as your intended major. You may also apply as an undecided engineering major.

Admission is highly competitive. For example, fall 2012 incoming freshmen had an average GPA of 4.33 and an average SAT score of 1399. Though not required, students are also strongly encouraged to take advanced science and mathematics courses in high school, specifically Physics, Biology, Calculus, and Chemistry as well as English. Acceptable AP credits will be applied toward the degree and will not only prepare students for college level courses but will also decrease the overall course load required to graduate.

All Civil and Environmental Engineering majors must meet admission, progress, and retention standards of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

For complete information about applying to the University of Maryland, please visit:

Learn more about the special application procedures for those transferring into UMD and/or the Clark School.

Financial Aid

The A. James Clark School of Engineering offers engineering scholarships to talented undergraduates (including transfer and returning students) enrolled at the School. Students may also apply for Federal financial aid, national scholarships, and university scholarships. To learn more, please visit:

  • The University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid Consider starting here. This site provides everything you need to know about financial aid, including what is available, how to apply, calendars of deadlines, and information on financial literacy.
  • Scholarship Programs for Undergraduate Engineering Students The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Special Programs web site provides information about engineering scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current students.
  • Celebration of Scholarship
    Search all University of Maryland scholarships and learn about donors and recipients.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) We highly recommend that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 15 University of Maryland priority deadline
  • The University of Maryland's National Scholarships Office The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland provides undergraduates with the best possible information, guidance and support as they learn about and apply for national scholarships. Use their site to browse for all kinds of scholarships or request an appointment.
  • The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Through the University of Maryland's Academic Achievement Program Office, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares students who are primarily from low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies. Benefits include test preparation, counseling, mentoring, tutoring, help in acquiring graduate school funding, research opportunities, special classes, and more.