Hello from the Garden State!
We are just about half way through our busy travel season where we leave UMBC behind to visit high schools near and far and meet with our future Retrievers.
Hopefully you’ve gotten your first glimpse of UMBC from our admissions team at a high school visit or college fair. So what’s next? In addition to conquering the Common Application (November 1st will be here soon), plan a trip to visit us on campus for one of our admissions events!
Below are two programs that we’ve created just for you.
RETRIEVER VISIT DAYS
Is UMBC the school for me? Come find out at our Retriever Visit Days! This program will get you on campus, in the classroom, and pumped about the possibility of becoming a UMBC student.
Monday, November 11th
Friday, December 6th
STEM SCHOLARS PREVIEW DAY
Are you serious about STEM? Considering applying to one of UMBC’s Scholars programs for students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? UMBC’s CWIT, Cyber, Meyerhoff and Sherman Scholars programs will be hosting a STEM Scholars Preview Day on Monday, November 4th.
Visit the CWIT website for more information on how to SIGN UP for this can’t – miss event!
See you on campus soon!
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!
I remember those pre-college jitters: Will I make the right choice? How do I know which school is right for me? Although my choice was relatively easy at the time, I know there are many of you starting to receive letters from several institutions and the choices you make are monumental. Why not be proactive and get the facts to help you make the best choice for YOU!
In the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, we try to help students with that decision making process. This time of year, everyone in the office is busy working on projects, speaking with students and their families, and getting ready for our annual Spring events. New Student Day (Saturday, April 13th!!) is a wonderful day for admitted students to learn more and get excited about UMBC before finalizing the decision by May 1st! Your day will start off with a continental breakfast and a Campus Activity Fair, which I began planning a few weeks ago. We already have several clubs and organizations enthusiastic to teach to you more about how they keep active in the UMBC community! The rest of the day is scattered with special presentations on topics of interest including: “The Shriver Center,” where students learn how our nationally recognized Shriver Center prepares students for real world internships, cooperative education and community service, and ”Getting Your Dream Job After UMBC,” learning how your UMBC experience will prepare you for a wonderful career after graduation! Other topics cover: financing your education, honors college, international experiences, campus living, athletics, student life, meet and greets with the Deans of UMBC, and more! Join us for this event, book a Black and Gold tour (http://www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/visit/) or call our office to speak with one of our wonderful counselors!
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.
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!
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!
This first month of 2013 is flying by! If you are like me its easy to get wrapped up in all that January has to offer. With UMBC Spring Orientation, the return of The Bachelor on ABC, and some of the best playoff football games in the history of the NFL to watch on TV, I was nearly in shock when I realized that UMBC’s APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!
Yes, it’s true February 1st will be here before we know it. Here are a few things you may want to add to your to-do list before that deadline passes!
1) Pay a friendly visit to your account on Common App. Make sure that your application, supplement, and application fee have all been submitted. It can never hurt to double check the simple stuff!
2) Log in to your myUMBC account to make sure all items in your checklist are complete. If something is missing, give us a call, send us an email, or drop by the office so that we can help you in completing your application.
3) Get a head start on the financial aid process. Your FAFSA may not be due until February 14th but why not save yourself some trouble and finish the process early. Have questions about financial aid at UMBC? Check our Financial Aid and Scholarships website here!
4) Thank your teachers, guidance counselors and support system who have helped you with the application process this year. Applying to college is a team effort. Give the members of your team a big hug and let them know much you have appreciated their help!
5) Breathe. The hard part is over. With all of your applications submitted and complete you can finally relax! Use the added free time to enjoy your last few months of being a senior in high school. Attend a sporting event, hang out with friends, join a new club. Make yourself a mini-bucket list of all of your must-do’s before you graduate!
Hello future UMBC students!
For those of you who have applied for Spring 2013, the Admissions Office is working hard to get those decisions out to you. Make sure you are all checking in with your myUMBC account to make sure we have final grades and all other materials necessary to review your application. Orientation is well under way, so if you have been accepted, get into your myUMBC account and sign up!
Every semester, UMBC makes sure students are warmly welcomed and given ample opportunity to GET INVOLVED! Do you perform? Do you like to laugh? Enjoy watching the Superbowl? Want to sign up for a club? Well, UMBC has a whole week of fun events to attend– everything from Involvement Fest (over 250 clubs at UMBC, come and meet them!) to Comedy night (with the stars of Reno 911!). Don’t miss out! Find the full schedule of events here here: http://www.umbc.edu/orientation/welcomeweek.html
Whether you grab a friend or you meet new friends here, it is a great chance for students to become an integral part of this vibrant community. Happy Welcome Week!
As many of you have figured out, either through social media or because you actually received a decision letter, our Fall 2013 Early Action decision letters were recently sent. If you’ve not yet received a letter, don’t panic. You should check your myUMBC account to make sure that your application is complete. If your application is complete and you’ve not yet received a letter just allow the mail person a little time to deliver your letter. Since we use old-school snail mail we cannot guarantee that everyone will get their letter on the same day, but you can expect something soon.
What does my decision mean?
Admit: Well, this one is pretty obvious, but nonetheless, congrats! Take some time to feel good about your accomplishment and share the news with family. If you were offered admission during Early Action you received an admissions packet with a bunch of information on next steps. Our enrollment deadline is not until May 1 but make sure you read through your entire admit packet. During January our Scholarships Office will begin sending merit-based scholarship offers to qualified candidates, and make sure that you also work on your FAFSA. If you have any questions about admission to UMBC and next steps please let us know.
Deferral to Regular Decision: This is the decision letter that prompts the most questions. What is important to know about UMBC’s Early Action program is that it is more competitive than Regular Decision and we actually accept a smaller percentage of students during Early Action. A deferral to Regular Decision is not a “no” decision. Our Early Action criteria is strict so if you happen to have been deferred to Regular Decision just keep in mind that your application will be reviewed again. Early Action applicants who were deferred to Regular Decision do not need to send any additional items for their application (unless we contact you to specifically ask for something). When I’m on high school visits in the fall I always tell students to not be discouraged if they are deferred to Regular Decision; our Early Action program is simply more competitive than Regular Decision. If your application was deferred you’ll receive another decision letter toward late-February.
Once again, congratulations to our Early Action admits for the Fall 2013 semester! For deferred students, just keep in mind that we’ll still be making many more offers of admission to UMBC for the fall term. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy your holiday break! As always, let us know if you have questions.
After a crazy fall of making nice with the New Jersey Turnpike, traveling from NJ, to PA to Baltimore and back for seven weeks straight, I am very happy to be back at UMBC. Now that I’m in the office what have I been up to? Reading, Reading and oh yes…more reading applications. With Christmas music on and coffee in hand, I’m spending my days sifting through essay after essay getting to know our future Retrievers. This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year!
One of the more popular essay topics I have come across this year is CHANGE. Whether it’s the anticipation of transitioning from high school to college, moving to another town, meeting new people or experiencing new challenges, times of change can be some of the most exciting times in our lives.
Joining the UMBC community in August was just the first in a long list of changes that I have experienced over the last four months. Moving to Baltimore from New Jersey, finding a new place to live, getting engaged, attending my first UMBC Visit Day, watching the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On the Block perform live , and discovering new places in my travels to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and my new home in Baltimore are just a few of the highlights- pictures are below!
Nothing about my life is the same as it was in August… Is that scary? Absolutely, but in the midst of all of these changes have been so many great experiences that have made adjusting to a new life in Baltimore so much fun.
UMBC offers opportunities to help our future students enjoy the transition from high school to college. Whether it’s attending a Visit Day or getting an inside look at life at UMBC from a current student while they are “Home For The Holidays”, there are so many great experiences to be had while learning more about our UMBC community.
You may not have made that big change yet, but when you are ready to dive into your college search process, or figure out which school you are attending next fall we are always happy to help you out… And we are only a click away!