College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Prospective Students

You don't have to get your hands dirty to be an agriculturalist or resource scientist. Our programs take you from the classroom straight to the lab - complete with the latest research tools and experiments funded by state and national partners. Students across our 25-plus areas of study work with faculty as they test new theories on campus and at five research and education centers in Maryland.

Whether developing safer, more efficient technologies for the food industry, creating new bio-energy systems or crossbreeding wheat genes to find heartier varieties, science will be your guide. Consider it good preparation for med or vet school. And if you like getting dirty, we can make that happen too.

Five Steps to Success

1) Get familiar with the college

Start by reading the viewbook, to learn more about the Agricultural Revolution and all the places AGNR can take you. If you have questions, you can request more information, or talk to a student ambassador. Don’t forget to schedule a campus tour then book an appointment with April Brohawn, Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment, to learn about how to join the AGNR family!

2) Apply to UMD

Once you’re familiar with the application requirements and deadlines, complete your UMD application.

3) Choose a major 

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers eight major programs and a multiple of concentrations/programs of study. Interested in veterinary medicine? AGNR has programs tailored just for you.

4) Apply for Financial Aid 

Whether you're looking for scholarships or loans, AGNR has you covered. We've collected a variety of resources on applying for aid, as well as an extensive list of outside scholarships. Be sure to check out the Catherine M. Brinkley Fund exclusively for AGNR students who are Maryland residents.

5) Expand Your Academic Options

To really make the most of your UMD education, consider the variety of special academic programs available to incoming freshmen. The Honors College will challenge your mind and the College Park Scholars program will introduce you to a community of students with similar academic interests. Freshman applying by the priority admission date (November 1) are automatically reviewed for these programs as well as CIVICUS, Global Communities, and FIRE. A variety of other special living and learning programs are offered on campus, you can learn more here

Recently admitted? Check out our New Students page. 
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