Academic Requirements

All applicants are expected by graduation to have met the following minimum high school course requirements:

  • English – 4 years or state-approved equivalent
  • Science – 3 years or state-approved equivalent: two must be in different areas, with at least one lab experience
  • History or Social Sciences – 3 years or state-approved equivalent
  • Mathematics – 3 years or state-approved equivalent: including algebra I or applied math I, formal logic or geometry, and algebra II or applied math II. A fourth year of mathematics is strongly recommended.
  • Foreign Language or Advanced Technology Education – 2 years or state-approved equivalent

We assess each category through a combination of quantitative and qualitative criteria. Criteria are flexibly applied, so the listing below does not reflect order of importance:

Criteria Considered in the Application Review Process:

  • The student's academic performance in high school
  • The rigor of the high school’s academic program
  • Strength of curriculum
    • Honors , AP, and IB courses
  • Progression of Performance
  • SAT I (combined critical reading and math) and/or ACT scores
  • Class rank (if utilized by the high school)
  • The student essay
    • Quality of content and grammar
  • Extracurricular activities
  • School counselor and teacher recommendations
  • Leadership in school/community activities
  • Unique talents and/or abilities may be taken into consideration
  • Personal experiences and background may be taken into consideration
  • Maryland residency may be taken into consideration
  • Alumni affiliation may be taken into consideration