Housing Availability
Housing Commitments Policy

The following is the order in which available spaces in the on-campus residence halls at the University of Maryland are allocated for any given Fall semester. This policy was established in December 2000, and appears below as last amended (December 2001) by action of the Residence Halls Association and the Department of Resident Life.

Questions may be directed to Resident Life's Assignments and Public Inquiry staff at (301) 314-2100 or reslife@umd.edu.


Housing Commitment Groups
Exempted
Pre-Approvals
Resident Students Exempted and Pre-Approved in the On-Campus Student Housing Strategic Plan.*

1st

(First-Year Students)
  • New Fall First-Time Freshmen meeting enrollment confirmation and housing application deadlines of May 1.
  • New Spring First-Time Freshmen participating in Freshmen Connection and meeting enrollment confirmation and housing application deadlines of May 1.
  • New Fall Transfers or Other New-to-Housing with Freshman class-standing (less than 15 credits at time of admission offer) and meeting enrollment confirmation and housing application deadlines of May 1.

2nd

(Second-Year Students)
  • Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous Spring was their first or second semester of enrollment at any college or university and at least their first semester in a University of Maryland residence hall and meeting all housing eligibility requirements and established housing application deadlines.
  • New Fall Transfers who have Sophomore class-standing (between 15-44 credits at time of admission offer) and meeting enrollment confirmation and housing application deadlines of May 1.
  • Other New-to-Housing students with Sophomore class-standing meeting a May 1 housing application deadline.

3rd

(Third-Year Students)
  • Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous Spring was their third or fourth semester of enrollment at any college or university and at least their first semester in a University of Maryland residence hall and meeting all housing eligibility requirements and established housing application deadlines.
  • New Fall Transfers who have Junior class-standing (between 45-74 credits at time of admission offer) and meeting enrollment confirmation and housing application deadlines of May 1.
  • Other New to Housing students with Junior class-standing meeting a May 1 housing application deadline.

4th

(Fourth-Year Students)
  • Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous Spring was their fifth or sixth semester of enrollment at any college or university and at least their first semester in a University of Maryland residence hall and meeting all housing eligibility requirements and established housing application deadlines.
  • New Fall Transfers who have Senior class-standing (between 75-104 credits at time of admission offer) and meeting enrollment confirmation and housing application deadlines of May 1.
  • Other New to Housing students with Senior class-standing meeting a May 1 housing application deadline.

5th

(Fifth-Year Students)
Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous Spring was their seventh or eighth semester of enrollment at any college or university and at least their first semester in a University of Maryland residence hall and meeting all housing eligibility requirements and established housing application deadlines.

6th

All other housing applicants, including part-time undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students and graduate students.



* Students Exempted with Pre-Approved Housing Status

  • Banneker-Key Scholars (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)
  • Students in the Maryland Incentives Program (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)
  • DRL Resident Assistant’s & Customer Service Supervisors
  • Students assigned to designated athletic spaces (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)
  • Students assigned to Language House (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)
  • Students assigned to Writers’ House (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)
  • Students in the Honors College (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)
  • International students attending UMD as part of an approved study abroad program
  • RHA Executive Officers (3rd, 4th and 5th Commitment Group)