Get ready, get set…. It’s CHRISTINE!

Hello retrievers and future retrievers! My name is Christine Jenkins, and I am excited to announce myself as UMBC’s newest Admissions Counselor. How did I get here, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

I am a 2013 graduate of Howard University, where I majored in Telecommunications Management and a minor in Economics. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to get hired in the Human Resources Department at UMBC. I learned a great deal from my colleagues there, and was able to grow and network with the faculty and staff of this campus. Although I was pretty good at fulfilling my tasks and duties in the office, something was missing. I needed to be set free from sitting behind the desk. With the ebullient personality that I have, I wanted to be able to share it with the world. That led me to apply for Admissions Counselor, and now I’m here!!! I’m thrilled to be able to resolve any issues students come to me with, to help them get admitted to UMBC, and better yet; to make a non-believer into a RETRIEVER!  Now that you know how I made it to this position, let me tell you a few things about myself.

I have been performing since the age of three, well, all of my life. I began taking tap and ballet which blossomed into me trying all styles of dance; such as jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, African, pointe, and so much more. Dance is my outlet and has helped me in all stages of my life. While at Howard University I danced with the “Ooh La La!” Dance Line as a part of the “SHOWTIME” Marching band. (Little interesting fact, I’ve danced in a marching band since my freshman year at Mt. Hebron High School). My senior year I became captain and made history! Well, in my mind I did. Now, I’m a professional cheerleader for the Baltimore Blast! So if your ever go to a Blast soccer game, I’ll see you there!!

As you can tell, I am ecstatic to be working in the Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation department. I look forward to making an impact, and changing lives. Please stay tuned to the Admissions Blog. My fellow counselors and I are on road and will be blogging about all the interesting things that we are experiencing while out of the office!

Here is a clip of me “doing my thing” during my senior year at Howard University. I hope you enjoy!

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!

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,


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!


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,




Getting to know UMBC before May 1st!

From staff out on the road kicking off spring recruitment season, to our events team preparing for tonight’s Baltimore Reception, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation is buzzing with activity today! For those admitted students and families from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, and Howard counties: we are excited to welcome you to an evening where you can hear from UMBC’s President Dr. Hrabowski and enjoy conversation with faculty and staff, all while enjoying delicious desserts!

For those who have recently been admitted, please keep an eye out in the mail and in your e-mail for upcoming events that will allow you to get to know UMBC on a personal level before May 1st. One such event, which is bringing an array of our campus community together for YOU, is our New Student Day program on Saturday, April 12th! New students and their families who attend will enjoy chatting with our student clubs and organizations in the morning before listening to our very own performing groups and Dr. Hrawbowski’s address. The rest of the day with consist of special presentations on topics of interest, including: campus connections, getting started, UMBC and beyond.

So, whether it’s at one of our campus events, out in the community, or even in another state; UMBC is welcoming our new students and their families from near and far! We hope that you will take the opportunity to get to know why our campus is so special!

Class of 2017- Welcome to Facebook!

Your admissions packet has arrived in the mail and you are on your way to becoming a member of the UMBC Class of 2017- Whats next? Besides making plans to attend New Student Day on April 13th (see Hollin’s spectacular post below), you should take the first step in connecting with your future classmates on our Class of 2017 Facebook page!


Meet new friends from far away or close to home, find your future roommate and tell us why you are looking forward to coming to UMBC in the fall! Also check out the” Meet and Greet” section of the page. There have been a lot of great conversations in this thread so far and we hope to see more soon.

You can also use this page as a resource for any important updates from the Office of Admissions and Orientation in addition to the other offices on campus. Check out Laila’s post for information on the College Success Institute-a six week long summer program that allows first-year students the chance to experience life at UMBC prior to the fall semester.

For all of you social media enthusiasts out there- Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @UMBCadmissions and say hi to Josh!

As a self-proclaimed Facebook and Twitter addict I have learned that these resources can be used for more than just fun.  I even met my current roommate Tina and her adorable dog Roofus through a mutual friend on Facebook!



I hope all of you find similar success as you begin to connect with other members of the class of 2017!




A UMBC Student’s Dare

This afternoon, I left the office to venture out into the cold.  I was heading over to the AOK Library to pick up a book I ordered about a week ago. (Super quick turn around time!)  On my way out, I hear a male and female voice in conversation.  They were close enough it wasn’t technically eavesdropping, right?  See it as you may, I heard the male voice saying, “O.K., I am going to dare you…”  Oh man, where is this going.  He continues, “…to make eye contact with someone and smile. Seriously. It makes my day every time!”

That put the biggest grin on my face.  UMBC students.  What do they dare each other to do?  Smile.  I love this place.

So, I dare you.  Next time you make eye contact with someone, smile.  It just might make your day.


UMBC Caters To Their Students

ALL Students Should Be Able To Eat and Be Happy!

Today, I was very happily surprised.  I am allergic to milk (milk protein – WHEY), so I sometimes run into trouble when it comes to finding a meal that doesn’t have milk hidden in it. (I end up feeling awful.)  If you don’t already know, you’d be surprised by the number of products that contain milk.  Anyhow, at lunch time I was walking around The Commons (where a variety of food venders can be found) looking for a bite to eat.  I passed by the vegetarian counter and came to discover that they are now completely vegan!  This may mean nothing to you, but to me, it means no milk products and a place I know I can go to buy a meal that will not make me sick!  In my world, that is cause for celebration.

UMBC is very aware of the variety of allergies and beliefs out there, so they do their best to cater to all of our students.  If you go to their website, you will even see that one of their logos is “You First”.  Not only do they have vegetarian and vegan options, but they also  have gluten-free and kosher choices!

And let us not forget the popular chains that are represented on campus.  These are staples to many college students’ diets: Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, Subway, etc.

When UMBC says that they are focused on their students, they are not kidding around.  From small class sizes, to amazing resources, to food options, UMBC is constantly figuring out how they can *cater to their student population the best!

*pun intended ;)

Start Fresh!

Returning back to school after the long winter break certainly has it’s perks! Not only is your brain fresh, but so is that new sweater you got over the holidays. You know, that one you ironed and layed out the night before your first class! Okay, so maybe that was more of a middle/high school thing, but regardless–it’s a fresh start!

This semester begins a new turn for my academic career as well; graduate school. As with most beginnings, there is anxiousness, excitement, and a looooong unforeseen road ahead. That twenty page paper is SO far away, right? Well, as most of us know, going to school isn’t the only thing on our plates. We have work, family, friends, our health, bills, and the list goes on. I’m starting small and getting my calendar organized. Setting my own deadlines and my own goals in hopes that I can stamp out that lingering urge to procrastinate. I’m planning to be successful in this juggling act!

For new and returning students, take this opportunity to set goals for yourself. What would you like to accomplish this semester? Maybe it’s an academic goal, or maybe you want to finally make it to that yoga class in the RAC (yes, this is something that is continuously on my ‘to do list’). Maybe it’s amping up that resume? Check out the Shriver Center and get yourself involved in something outside of campus–make new connections and start networking.

So here we go, let’s do it together! Set those goals and get yourself moving, it’s like New Years all over again. Make this semester count!

-Hollin Roberts