Early Action Is Closer Than It Appears!

Hello from the road Retriever Believers!

 

It’s been great getting to meet so many of you and hearing your stories and dreams. Travel season is the time where we can connect with you, talk about important issues, and help guide you to your perfect college!

 

We also need to make sure we stay focused on that goal though; acceptance to a college (hopefully UMBC!). Our Early Action deadline is November 1st and it is highly recommended for all applicants. I know some of you are getting tired of college applications and that is okay, you’re almost there. All you need to do to complete UMBC’s Common Application, submit your official SAT or ACT score, and your high school transcript.

 

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I’m sure a few of you feel like this when it comes to college essays.

Remember, while this process can be stressful, it should also be exciting and fun. Be yourself and enjoy the last of high school. As always, let us know if you have questions and feel free to tag us on social media with #UMBCpawprint

-ED

Birthdays and Retriever Days!

That’s right everyone. Today we celebrate UMBC’s 50th birthday!

On September 19th, 1966 UMBC first opened its doors to its first students and it has been such a wonderful 50 years for our amazing institution. This past weekend was the 50th celebration weekend that we had been preparing for and it couldn’t have been any better!From reunions and food, to fireworks and puppies. Yes, puppies! See Pictures here🙂

Even though this birthday weekend has passed, that does not mean we are done celebrating! This is a year-long celebration and all students, staff, and faculty will continue to share the awesomeness that is UMBC with you all!

One way to experience all that UMBC has to offer is by coming to our first Retriever Day of the Fall! This Saturday, September 24th, 2016 we are hosting our Saturday Retriever Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about UMBC, tour our campus, chat with members of our community, and much more.

You can register online by visiting: http://undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit.

 

Hope to see you there!!🙂

We’re Coming to Your City!

Cue Big and Rich music.

 

That’s right! The UMBC admissions counselors are back on the road. For my part, I’ll be travelling in Connecticut, New York, and Delaware out of state and Harford and Carroll Counties in state.

Make sure to check your high school guidance counselor to see when we will be visiting! Also make sure to check local college fairs before you head out to make sure you don’t miss us.

We can’t wait to bring UMBC to YOU!

-ED

It’s Time to Hit the Road!!!

Hello Future Retrievers,

It’s the time of year where I will be hitting the road again. There have been a few changes in my territory assignments, and I will no longer be traveling to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I won’t be able to walk through Kobe Bryant’s shrine at Lower Merion High School nor will I leisurely be able to walk on Princeton’s campus and feel like I’m at Hogwarts (secretly hoping I would run into Harry Potter).

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But, I am truly excited about my new territories! If you are a student attending a school in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore County you might see me walking down your hall ways or at your local/regional college fair. Feel free to sign up and come chat with me about ALL the possibilities you could have as a Retriever if you see our UMBC poster hanging in your school’s Guidance Office/ College Career Center.

I can’t wait for this new adventure, and I hope to see you all soon!!!

Follow us on our social media accounts @UMBCadmissions to see what‘s going on with the UMBC Admissions Counselors while we are on the road!

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It’s Travel Season!

I’m so excited to begin Recruitment Travel once again this year! I had a great time last year getting to meet to many of you and visiting your beautiful schools and home towns.

Here’s I picture I took last year when I was in VA Beach!

This year I will have the pleasure of visiting many of the same places. Some of which include: Raleigh, Durham, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Virginia Beach! I will also be stopping by several schools in Anne Arundel County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore.

My first day of travel will be this Monday, September 12th and my first stop is North Carolina. If you’ve seen a poster announcing our visit, please be sure stop by!

 

Be sure to stay updated with us by following our social media accounts @UMBCAdmissions.

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Can’t wait to meet you all!

 

 

 

UMBC is One of the Top DAWGS in the Nation!

UMBC has been selected again by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top universities for undergraduate education, featured in its flagship guide, The Best 381 Colleges. Within the 2017 guide, UMBC’s profile highlights the strength of a UMBC education and the university’s commitment to student success with a brilliant location, due to its close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, DC.

If you would like to read more about UMBC being one of the top dawgs in the nation, please click here.

It’s great to be a RETRIEVER!!!

With recruitment travel season coming up, make sure that you follow us on our social media accounts @UMBCadmissions to always find out the latest need-to-know information!

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Getting Ready!

We are officially in the middle of August which means school will be starting again very soon! I’m sure for most of you, this is a bitter sweet feeling.

For those of you who are about to start your senior year of high school, congrats! There are many great things that you have to look forward to during the next year.

One of the many things are…COLLEGE APPS!

And in even more exciting news, our application is live on Common App! This means you are able to go online to commonapp.org and create an account to begin your application.

I welcome all of you to begin this process sooner rather than later. Our Early Action deadline of November 1st will be here before you know it and you don’t want to get stuck last minute with many things to do.

Starting your application now also gives you plenty of time to work on your essay (See Christine’s Post on what to write in your college essay) and have it reviewed by a teacher or counselor. And if you haven’t already done so, start thinking of whom you’d like to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.

If you have any questions about the application process, don’t hesitate to contact our office and ask to speak to a counselor! You can reach us at 410-455-2292 or at admissions@umbc.edu. We also offer walk-in hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., no appointment needed!

 

Don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts! @UMBCadmissions

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Enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

UMBC Retrievers in Rio!

It’s Olympics time! Happy Summer Olympics everyone! Did you know that UMBC actually has a pair of alumni athletes competing in Rio?

We’re proud of our athletes Mohamed Hussein ’14 and Cleopatra Borel ’02 for representing our university and their countries at the 2016 Rio Olympics.atplay_swimmingMohamed is a swimmer and will compete in the 200m individual medley. The event is slated for Wednesday, August 10th at 1:14 PM. While at UMBC, Mohamed studied mechanical engineering, swam on the men’s varsity team, and broke two school records in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. He is currently studying to earn his master’s in Engineering Management.We’re sending Mohamed our best wishes as he represents Egypt and goes for the gold!

Cleopatra is a track and field star who will be competing in the women’s shot put competition. She is scheduled to enter competition on Friday, August 12th at 10:05 AM for the qualifiers. We can’t wait to see Cleopatra represent UMBC and Trinidad & Tobago! Cleopatra was an Interdisciplinary Studies major during her time at UMBC and racked up the athletic accolades at the same time!

cleopatraboreltoronto2015pangamesdayharoemnwa7jlShe was a three time All-American, broke indoor and outdoor shot put school records, and won the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships, which makes her the first Retriever athlete to win an NCAA Div I title. To add to an impressive list of accomplishments, Cleopatra won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 2015. This will be Cleopatra’s 4th Olympic appearance after Athens, Beijing, and London.

We’d also like to extend a special shout out to Emily Escobedo ’17, a current student who participated in the 2016 US Olympic Trials and came in an impressive 10th in the semifinals for the 200m breaststroke.

It’s great to see our alumni and students representing both our university and the world at the Olympic Games!

Worried About How to Write Your College Essay? We Have Your Back!

The reason colleges and universities require students to write an essay for their admission application is for us to get to know who you are. We want to know what your values are, what your preferred learning style is, and what you would bring to a community of learners.  An essay displays your personality, provides admissions representative insight beyond your grades, and helps determine if you as an applicant will “fit” into our institution’s community.

Here’s exactly what we look for:

  1. Grammar and punctuation

Proof reading is key!

  1. Clear and concise

Please don’t write us a two page essay…:)

  1. Who is this applicant?

Be UNIQUE, be YOU!

Remember to start early by researching your topic, complete an outline and rough draft, develop three parts (introduction, body, conclusion), be specific, get creative, be honest, and edit! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from your peers, friends, and/or mentors.

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I hope this helps make the essay writing process better for all of my Future Retrievers! As always, get the latest news from the Undergraduate Admissions Office by following our social media accounts @UMBCadmissions!!!

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And The Award Goes To…

UMBC!

We have had an amazing summer so far and we hope you have been too! UMBC has been in the news quite a few times recently including recognition as a top 100 public university from both Money Magazine and Forbes. Money Magazine made note of UMBC’s impressive 50 year record in their College Planner notes. They went even further naming UMBC one of the top three public universities in Maryland! There’s something to celebrate.

Forbes had a number of accolades on their Top Colleges list including the recognition of UMBC as the #6 mid-sized public college and a #134 top research universities nationwide.

Time Higher Education named UMBC one of the world’s top young universities for a fifth time in April. Add in UMBC appearances in the Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges that Pay You Back” Guide and the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges for students’ access to academic and social resources!

UMBC was also just named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, one of only 80 universities on the list. What we are trying to say is that from the students to the faculty and staff, UMBC is really topping the list!

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Interested to see more? Come visit us and check out UMBC for yourself!

Have a great summer everyone!

-ED