The Best Time to Apply to UMBC

The Best Time to Apply to UMBC

September 9, 2014

 

In recent years, the process of applying to college has become much easier for high school students to do. One of the biggest pieces of innovation is the transition of UMBC going paperless. Going paperless makes it simpler for both the applicants as well as the admissions staff.

The deadlines for UMBC are November 1st for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. After being on the road for the past week, one of the questions that I have received frequently is: “When is the best time for me to apply to UMBC?”

 

I believe that the following three points are ones that are commonly assumed by students.

 

  1. Applications submitted early get “easier” reads and show interest.

I understand why most students think this is true for most schools. There are a lot of schools that may encourage very early submission of applications; however, UMBC has the same application review process for the entire regular application season. Admissions counselors are able to see the date that the application was submitted, however, it does not play as a large factor as it relates to whether a student is accepted or denied.

 

  1. We fill the class during Early Action.

The students who decide to apply Early Action to UMBC are typically academically strong students and they comprise a substantial percentage of the total first-year applicant pool. UMBC’s first offers of admission are extended to the students with the strongest academic records. Our goal at UMBC is to enroll the academically strongest and most broadly diverse students to meet the target class size.

 

  1. Applications submitted around the holidays are read by “happy” admission counselors.

When admissions counselors go into reading applications, we are usually focused on the task and the application in front of us. We are totally aware of how important our work is to our applicant and we isolate ourselves from outside influences so that we are able to give each student an equal and fair opportunity. As a result, UMBC admissions counselors understand the importance of our work and we feel good about the work that we are doing.

In conclusion, submit your UMBC application when you feel that it is complete. While I always caution students about last minute submission, there isn’t a large difference between an application submitted on September 1st and one submitted on November 1st.. Don’t rush yourself!

Back to School!

At this point in September all of us are back to school. Maryland students have been back a few weeks now, and as Jersey girl I know a lot of the north east waits until after Labor Day, so I think it’s finally safe to say—Welcome Back to School!

For UMBC students that brings Involvement Fest, getting to know your roommate, and checking off your book list. For admissions counselors it means scheduling high school visits and college fairs! So, high school students, if you want to learn more about UMBC but aren’t ready to take a road trip, find out when we’re coming to you!

Check the NACAC website for your local national college fair. Or, ask your counselor, “When’s UMBC coming to visit?”

Don’t worry non-Marylanders—we have counselors who go to New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, D.C., Virginia, and a little beyond!

And of course, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and read our blog posts. All of us will be sharing stories from the road so that you can keep up with us!

See you out there and Happy Semester!

UMBC Goes to Hollywood!

Breaking News: UMBC Goes to Hollywood!

Just last week I shared the exciting news about Emily Eaglin’s video “Future Children” being in the running to go to Hollywood through Campus MovieFest. The results are in and “Future Children” took the Wild Card spot and Emily has been nominated for a Golden Tripod Award for Best Director and the Elfenworks Social Justice award and it has been named a Staff Pick! Thank you to everyone who took the time to watch and share “Future Children.”

But the news does not end there! Two more UMBC students have made it to Hollywood! Scott Seiss and Angelo Skarlatos submitted “Nerds Rule, Jocks Drool,” which has been nominated for a Golden Tripod Award for Best Story. (You don’t have to be a nerd to see why.)

The Campus MovieFest Hollywood film summit is from June 19-22, during which time both “Future Children” and “Nerds Rule, Jocks Drool” will be screened in the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios and the awards will be presented by special guests. Can you imagine?

Join me in wishing Emily, Scott, and Angelo good luck!

Props to Visual Arts!

Big things have been happening for the Visual Arts students. Last week was the Opening Reception for the Senior Exit Exhibition. This is an annual exhibition that allows graduating seniors the opportunity to show off their work before they go out into the world. It was wonderful to see what students are able to accomplish after their time at UMBC. There were even awards given, including the College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean’s Award, the Center for Art Design & Visual Culture Staff Award, and the President’s Selection Award. There was a great turn out of students, family, and friends–as you can see!

If that wasn’t enough, UMBC made the big news!! One of our rising sophomores, Emily Eaglin, was featured on NBC News for her video submission to Campus MovieFest. “Future Children” is now in the running to be screened in Hollywood–it’s neck-and-neck with just one other video! Emily wrote, produced, directed, filmed, edited, and acted in this short film on micro-aggression. Not only for Campus MovieFest, but for Emily’s message, “Future Children” needs to go viral! It has already sparked a nation wide conversation on YouTube and in college classrooms. Check it out for yourself and be sure to show your friends what UMBC students, like Emily, are capable of creating!

Summer Orientation!

Logo 2Around this time of year, most high school students have received their admissions letters and have decided whether or not they will be attending UMBC. For the students that have decided to become a part of the amazing UMBC community, you are probably wondering: “Okay, what’s next?” So, I would like to share with you a bit of information about Orientation Course Selection Day.

Orientation Course Selection days will take place on June 12 and 13 (Honors and Scholars), June 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, and June 30. The day will begin with check-in at 8:00am and it will end at 5:00pm.

Below are a few frequently asked questions about Orientation Course Selection Day.

  1. How do I register for Orientation Course Selection Day?
    To reserve your space for Orientation and Placement Testing, please complete the online registration form. When you log into the registration form, you will be able to select which dates you prefer to take your online placement tests and attend Orientation Course Selection Day. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please call 410-455-3244.2. How will I receive my Orientation confirmation details? 
    You will receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after completing your online Orientation registration. The date you select should not be considered confirmed until you have printed your confirmation information online or received it via e-mail. Closer to your Orientation Course Selection Day, you will also receive a hardcopy confirmation with a parking pass and other important details in the mail.

    3. What if I need to attend orientation on a specific date offered?
    You will be provided with a list of all available dates on the online registration form. Please be aware that we cannot make exceptions to the dates that are already closed or filled to capacity. If you have any questions regarding a specific program, please call 410-455-3244.

    4. What if I am unable to attend orientation?
    Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Orientation is your only opportunity to register for spring classes, and it is a full-day of opportunities for you and your family to discover everything that UMBC offers.

    5. What if I need to change my assigned orientation date?
    You may log back into the online registration form to make a change to you Orientation date up until three days before your scheduled program.  Beyond that date, if there is emergency requiring that you reschedule your Orientation, please call 410-455-3244.  Please note that once you enter the change for your original date, your original selection will immediately be available to someone else.

    6. Is there a fee for orientation?
    Yes—there is a one-time orientation fee of $125 that you will submit with your $100 enrollment deposit. This fee covers the cost of orientation materials, food and staffing. If you have not already done so, log into myUMBC to accept your admission and pay your $225 enrollment deposit and orientation fee.

I hope that this information was helpful to you and if you have any further questions or concerns feel free to reach out to the admissions office at 410 455 3244!

Kind Regards,

Jason

How To: College Fair

Last week I was traveling up, down, and across New Jersey to attend a variety of college fairs, and as I was watching students arrive by the busload, I thought to myself, “this seems really overwhelming!” So I am dedicating this blog post to navigating the college fair!

1. Know the schools

Whether it’s a national college fair or a local one, the hosting organization always posts the list of participating school in advance. Check the website to get the full list. If this is going to be your first fair, take a step to identify your priorities; is a specific location a requirement for you? Or, are you after the program of your dreams and you’ll go anywhere to find it? Visit the school websites to find out if they match your priorities. You can always visit the NACAC website to find a national college fair near you!

2. Make lists

Most fairs last about two hours and have hundreds of colleges and universities, which means you cannot visit every single booth. Use your priority matches to identify your must-sees. Then take the time, maybe even with your parents, to make a list of questions. They could either be general questions that you ask every school, or questions that are specific to each school.

Extra tip: even general questions should be more specific than “can you tell me about your school?” The answer to that question is “yes we can.” Try developing a question that will get you the information you’re looking for.

3. Plan to get and give information

Some fairs will require you to register in advance. NACAC fairs, or national college fairs, will use your registration information to make you a barcode. Counselors will scan this barcode and it will give us your name, address, and grade level so that we can send you more information. Smaller fairs will rely on the old-school inquiry card, where you must handwrite all of that information for every school that you are interested in. This is where I shout-out to the student that I met at the Monmouth County College Fair and share with you her genius: print your own address labels and stick them to the inquiry cards.

4. Ask for directions

At the large fairs they provide you with map as to which school is at which booth; bust out your list of priority schools and plan your route. If they do not provide you with a map, ask how they schools are arranged; is it alphabetical, by location, or random? Then go straight to your top schools. After you’ve spent time with them, feel free to explore, there might be a school you hadn’t considered before.

I hope you’re able to use these tips in a way that works for you!

 

Admissions Hits the Road

© UMBC Creative ServicesAs May 1 approaches at a creeping pace, newly admitted students have been visiting UMBC’s campus to meet with faculty and staff, check out the dorms and facilities, and ask us lots of great questions.  We’re always excited to talk to students and help them decide what college or university is best for them.

For a slight change of pace, instead of hosting events here on campus, we’re taking the show on the road next week!  Representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, the Honors College, and Residential Life will host events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  You can find out more about these events and sign up to attend here.

We hope to see you there!

An Opening…or two…or three…

For those of you not from Baltimore, last week started off with Opening Day at Camden Yards for our beloved Orioles. While the closest I actually got to the big day was navigating through the very orange traffic, it did remind me of a few other openings that may interest a retriever or two….

The Thursday just before Opening Day was opening night for our Theatre department’s Gum, which took place in our Black Box Theatre in the brand new Performing Arts & Humanities Building. Gum ran from Thursday through Sunday and was the second Black Box production for this academic year. Next up will be Criminals in Love from May 1-4.

Last Thursday was the opening reception for UMBC’s graduate students in the MFA program in the Visual Arts department. While graduate school might seem far away for you, or maybe not for you at all, this exhibition provides yet another art fix for undergrads without leaving campus! After the MFA students move out of the Center for Art Design & Visual Culture, our undergraduate seniors will install their thesis work just before they graduate from UMBC!

What kind of opening would you have at UMBC?

Hello!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Jason Scroggins and I am the newest addition to the team of admissions counselors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I would like to take this time to tell you just a little bit about me, that you may get to know me a little better. I am from the greatest city in the United States: Baltimore. I grew up in Northwest Baltimore area and attended the Boy’s Latin School of Maryland. I then went on to complete my undergraduate study at Stevenson University, where I earned  my B.S. in Business Communication in May of 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate experience at Stevenson because I was involved in so many different activities and clubs. I was the President of the Public Relations Club, the Black Student Union, and M.I.L.E. (Male Initiative for Leadership and Success). I was also a member of the Men’s Basketball and Cross Country teams. In addition, I was a student ambassador, summer resident advisor, and an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Atheltes) member. My best experiences during college were the different internships that I was able to complete. My freshman year of college, I was a student intern for the Baltimore City Public School System in the information technology department. My sophomore year I was a Online Marketing Intern for an IT staffing agency called Allegis Group Services. My Junior year I was a Marketing Intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The summer after graduating from college, I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I worked as an Intern at Dillard University in their admissions department. I learned a lot from the many different internship experiences that I had and I was able to make indispensable connections while building strong friendships. I began working at UMBC in the beginning of January and thus far it has been nothing short of a great experience. In just three short months, I have been able to do a lot of things and learn a lot from my collegues as well. I spent all of last week in Upstate New York doing college fairs and recruiting students. More specifically, I visited the cities of Rochester, Syracuse, Ithica, and I will be visiting the cities of Hartford (Connecticut), and New York City next week.

 

All in all, I have been enjoying my chance to be a part of the UMBC community and I look forward to meeting many of you!

Kind Regards,

Jason

 

 

Shout out to juniors!

While visiting a high school this morning, I was reminded that it’s that time of year when high school seniors, having heard back from colleges, are making their decisions about where they will be attending in the fall. Meanwhile, juniors are just beginning the college search. So, congratulations seniors and we hope UMBC is the place for you! But this is a shout out to the juniors, who are about to embark on a ride full of standardized tests, road trips, and open houses. Here are a few tips for beginning your college search!

1. Do some online searching

College Board will be your best friend for the next two years, starting with the actual search. It has a great search engine where you can filter categories that are important to you and provide you with colleges that match! It will also be the place where you register for the SAT or ACT—save the dates now!

2. Plan a visit

Once you’ve made your list, go to the schools’ websites to see when they offer campus tours or visit days. You’re about to spend money and four years somewhere—you should try it on before committing.

3. Check the requirements

Schools will list their admissions requirements on their website and you can start preparing now. Find out if the school uses Common Application; if it does, you could create your account—even start your essay! But most importantly, learn the deadlines!

4. Make an application plan

A lot of people don’t realize that you don’t have to apply to every school that’s out there—for one thing it can get expensive. Decide for yourself, and maybe with your parents, just how many applications you’re going to submit. Then, possibly after visiting, make the final list.

5. Attend Just for Juniors! (and sophomores too!)

On March 29, UMBC will host its annual Just for Juniors, a day that provides juniors and sophomores with an introduction to the college search with workshops, panels, and tours that will help you sort through the process.

You might go through these steps a few times as your list grows and shrinks, and that’s okay—it’s a long process—but hopefully having them will help you along the way.

See you at Just for Juniors!