HOMECOMING @ The House of Grit!

Hello out there! It seems appropriate that we pick back up with our blog posts with this year’s Homecoming celebration–aptly themed “Retriever Fever!” Careful–it’s contagious!


One of UMBC’s Homecoming traditions is the campus-wide office decorating contest, which makes it a super fun time to visit. Every office on campus is welcome to participate and many go all out to get everyone geared up for all of the great events. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions decided to go with the House of Grit and recognize all the types of retrievers you can find within our house.

First step–find out what kind of Retriever you are with some help from the “Sorting Bone.”

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Then, learn the tools of the trade; are you a Maker? A Solver? An Explorer? A Thinker? Or, a Uniter?

Finally, take pride in your house! Of course at UMBC that means paw prints and dog bones for everyone! And it means that “being in the dog house” is actually the best thing ever!

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Welcome to the DAWG HOUSE!

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Hello to all of my new UMBC Retrievers!


Join us on our Orientation Safari with our Orientation Peer Advisors (OPAs). Incoming students will have the chance to attend breakout sessions to learn more about UMBC’s academic requirements, campus resources, and student life.

Most importantly on this safari, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your academic goals, select, and register for your fall semester classes. Needless to say, our Orientation programs are mandatory!

For our admitted students who have not registered for an Orientation program yet, you will need to do so as soon as possible as our programs are already underway. You can register for a program by visiting orientation.umbc.edu. Trust me; you do not want to miss all the fun (and treats) on this Safari ride!

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To meet more of our OPAs, click here!

You will be able to see what goes down in the DAWG House on our orientation instagram and twitter accounts @umbcorientation.


If you haven’t done so already, be sure to follow the UMBC C/O 2019 Facebook page, and follow us on twitter and instagram @UMBCadmissions.  Don’t be afraid to post a selfie or two with the #UMBCadmit15! smilely

A Bittersweet Arts Event

For the past 10 years, the Imaging Research Center has been home to a vibrant artist in residence, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, a world-renown political cartoonist. While in residence, Kal not only continued to work on his own practice and career, but helped to cultivate those of UMBC faculty, staff, and students. This past Tuesday, Kal kicked off his own farewell party with a lecture titled, “Where to Draw the Line: Cartooning in the Shadow of Charlie,” which spoke about the challenges of being a political cartoonist and how it specifically relates to the freedom of speech. A reception followed in the IRC, which included past and present members of the UMBC community.

Some sentiments that were shared about Kal…

“He always pushed me to give 10%, 20%, 30% more, and now that is the expectation that I have for myself–and my students.”

“I asked if I could contribute [to Democrazy], and for some reason you said ‘yes’!”

From digital 3D puppets to the development of the student-driven blog, USDemocrazy, Kal has implemented the interdisciplinary nature of UMBC and left his very signature mark on this campus.

You might be thinking, if he’s leaving why are you telling us this?

Simply because this is yet another example of how UMBC excels at bringing the very best into its community and we have no intention of stopping.


Hello Future Retrievers!

Less than 48 hours away you will be making one of the most important decisions in your life. What is that important decision you may ask? Well, I will tell you! May 1st is the deadline to accept your admission to UMBC and officially become a part of the RETRIEVER FAMILY. I know that for some of you this is a difficult decision, so I have come up with five reasons why UMBC is the place to be.


          The professors at UMBC are unlike any other and have an unusually strong                       commitment to teaching undergraduates. They have been recognized by U.S. News           and World Report as #5 for Best Undergraduate Teaching. We just so happen to                 rank before highly acclaimed universities such as, Stanford, Brown, and Yale!


            UMBC is located on 530 acres 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 30                 minutes from Washington, D.C. BWI Airport is five minutes away, as are AMTRAK             and light rail stations. WE ARE RIGHT OFF OF I-95.

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            UMBC’s strength and success as a research university is founded in our signature             approach to inclusivity in the scholarly process and our nimble responsiveness as             a partner with other research organizations. Independent research under the                       mentorship of UMBC’s dedicated, talented faculty members can spark a student’s             lifelong interest in interdisciplinary learning.


We have over 250 student organizations that created and run by our students.                   They offer a wide array of opportunities to get involved on campus through the                      interest and causes you are passionate about.


We have 10 on-campus communities, all of which are fully furnished with wireless              internet, carpeted floors, monitors to control your temperature, and all rooms are                  suite-style. You will not have to share a bathroom with the entire hall here!  You                  only have to share with one with you suite mates.  Amazing Right?!

Those are just a few reasons why everyone should choose UMBC. We are excited to meet all you at orientation this summer. Remember… Do the right thing, and choose UMBC.

#UMBCadmit #TrueGrit #RetrieverFever #ChooseUMBC #48hours #May1#UMBCistheonlyway

Out of State Receptions, We’re Coming for You!

Hello again,

This week in April is one of the busiest weeks for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Not only do we have college fairs in our perspective regions, but we also have our Out of State Receptions.  We could be coming to a city near you!

These events offer a unique, one of a kind, opportunity for invited students to talk directly with distinguished members of the UMBC community, as well as current students. You will be able to learn about world-class academic programs; internships and other real-world experiences; study abroad; and campus life. Below, you will see what day we will touch down in your city.

Tuesday, April 21st

New Jersey Reception

Wednesday, April 22nd

New York Reception

Thursday, April 23rd

Pennsylvania Reception

We look forward to meeting all of you this week. For all of my Future Retrievers, make sure you come ready to learn, prepared with questions, and be ready to have your mind blown from all of the information that will show you why UMBC is the place to be!



New Student Day 2015

Hello my Future Retrievers,

I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me; it’s been a little busy in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. But, I am back with some exciting news!

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This upcoming Saturday we are welcoming all Fall 2015 admitted students to the House of Grit, better known as UMBC!  Our New Student Day event invites students to experience our beautiful campus. This event allows us to not only celebrate your admission to UMBC, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the University.

This day is full of activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have the chance to attend information sessions, meet current and newly admitted UMBC students, take a walking tour of the campus, and cheer the Retrievers to victory in lacrosse!

If you have not registered for this event yet, please do so by clicking here. You definitely do not want to miss out!

We are excited to see all of you on Saturday. Remember if you take any selfies about the event or at the event, be sure to use the hashtag UMBCadmit!


Christine :)


Spring Arts!

Hello out there–long time no see! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted so I’m going to make up for it by giving you so many reasons to come to campus this spring! And yes, I am convinced that spring is here, even if I saw snowflakes on my weather app this week.

Opening today is Out of Rubble, an exhibition in the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, that presents 17 artists’ responses to war.

Next Thursday, April 9, is UMBC’s 2nd Annual Brass Bash! This will include music performed by UMBC faculty, staff, and students…and I hear there’s a surprise guest performer! You’ll have to see for yourself to find out who it is (seriously, I have NO idea!).

The week after that on April 17, is the Senior Dance concert. Come see UMBC students dance pieces that were choreographed by our senior Dance majors!

And finally, to close out April, Leah’s Dybbuk, by our very own Susan McCully and directed by Eve Muson (written, directed, and performed all by UMBC!), will run from April 30-May 3.

All of the performances take place in our brand new Performing Arts & Humanities Building. And in case you can’t make it, here’s a peak of what UMBC faculty, students, and the building are capable of:


Hello Future Retrievers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Break, and with the weather we’re having, enjoyed a couple snow days as well. It is now that time of the year where we are in our first week of classes and our prospective freshmen are continuing to submit their applications for Fall admission.

The regular decision deadline for freshmen applications is in TWO days. On February 1st, we should have all applications submitted. This is not the time to be a procrastinator. Please do not wait until 11:58pm on the date of the deadline date to submit your materials. I know that everyone knows to not rely on technology. Anything can happen!

The admissions office will be devoting their full attention to reviewing all of your applications, so keep sending them our way! Remember to finish your senior year off strong, and cross your fingers for the warm weather to grace our presence again!


Some Helpful Reminders:                                       

  • Make sure that you see all green checks when submitting your application through the Common Application Portal.
  • Complete the residency questions located in the Member Questions section in its entirety for all applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  • Double check with your guidance counselors to make sure they have sent your official transcripts.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to call the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 410.455.2292
  • DO NOT STRESS! This is an exciting time!rugrats excited

Be Proactive!

If you are a high school junior, chances are many of your classmates are either celebrating their college acceptance letters to their first choice schools, or awaiting the mailing of admissions decisions from the colleges that they have applied to. Lets fast foward; one year from now, this will be you!


Preparation is the key! Here are a few things to do now that will help you get a good idea of what you want out of UMBC, or any other school that you have applied to:

Determine your learning style. Are you drawn more to research assignments, or lecture based courses? Would you rather work on projects in groups or independently? Do you prefer to studey alone, or study collaboratively with your peers.

Colleges and universities have different philosophies, so figuring out which learning style is best for you will help you narrow down the schools that could be the right fit for you.

Pick a favorite subject. You will find that when you are in college, there is a lot of freedom and many more choices when it comes to class options. Figure out what intrests you and why so that your application can convey why attending a certain school will support you in following your interests.

Get out of the classroom. Go look for opportunities outside of your school walls to pursue something you’re interested in. Summer programs, classes at a community college, or research projects are all ways to apply what you learned in the classroom, to things outside of the classroom. Find something that you really enjoy, and explore it further!

Challenge yourself. Think about taking courses that will prepare you for the rigor that comes along with college-level academics. Our admissions officers are looking for students who have taken advantage of those high-level, challenging classes available to them at their school.

Go beyond academics. The admissions committee is looking not just for strong students, but also for students who will contribute to the UMBC community. Find opportunities (whether it be through clubs, organizations, or teams) to make an impact. Contribute to whatever it is you’re a part of—leading a membership campaign or fundraiser, organizing a team outing, or maybe even starting a new group in your school.


Apply Online By Valentines!

The beginning of the year is a very exciting time because there are so many things to look forward to- The SuperBowl, NBA Allstar-Weekend, Valentines Day, and THE UMBC FAFSA DEADLINE!

Whether you have applied to UMBC as a freshman back in October or you are a transfer student who intends to apply within the coming weeks, your FAFSA must be submitted by Valentine’s Day- February 14th.

FAFSAFAFSA which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in making sure that you are considered for financial aid at UMBC. For an explanation of the types of aid that you may receive at UMBC, visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships website here.  While you are exploring the site, don’t forget to check out UMBC’s cost calculator.  Even if you are in the early stages of figuring out how to pay for college, this tool will provide you with some useful insights on the cost of earning a degree at UMBC.

Over these next two weeks, familiarize yourself with these resources and remember… Apply online by Valentine’s Day!