New Student Day!!!

Good Morning Future Retrievers!

We are less than two weeks away from one of our favorite events of the year; New Student Day!  The invites are out and you can register through your myUMBC account.  Be sure to use the registration code sent in your invitation.

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New Student Day is the perfect opportunity to visit campus, fall in love with the retriever lifestyle and accept your admissions! We will start the morning with our campus activities fair! The fair will have a portion of our 250 clubs present. Students will get to explore our wide variety of clubs, meet members and sign up to join. Throughout the day students will be attending sessions focused on student life, campus living, and academics. You will also have the opportunity to tour research facilities, tutoring spaces and a residential facility. Lastly, throughout the whole day, you will be able to interact with current students and professors in all departments.

I want to congratulate all of the admitted students! We can’t wait to see all of you Future Retrievers on Saturday, April 8th!

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Hey Juniors, We’d Love To See You!

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all excited and keeping warm as we prepare for this winter weather here on the east coast! Not to fear, Spring will be here soon enough.

One of our favorite Spring time events is our Just For Juniors day! We put on this event for those students who are preparing to apply to UMBC in the near future. It is a wonderful way to connect with UMBC faculty, staff, and current students. You’ll have the chance to learn more about the application process, financial aid, take a tour, and so much more!

So when is this event  you may ask?!

Saturday, April 1, 2017!

You can register online by visiting http://undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit/upcoming-events.php.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Gaby

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Decisions are Coming

Hi, Everyone!

Our February 1st deadline has passed and our office is buckled down reading all the completed applications! Reminder our FAFSA application deadline is tomorrow! Be sure to submit the application to be considered for need-based aid.

Submitted an application? Not heard from us? Be sure your application is complete! You can keep up to date with your application status by logging into your myUMBC account. Your account will show if there are any documents needed to complete the review.

Application complete? Anxious on when you will hear? I have good news! We have begun sending out admission decisions for fall 2017. We will be sending out our regular decisions in batches throughout the spring.  Do not worry if you have not heard from us. We will be sending out our next batch of admission decision letters within two weeks. All official admission decisions are sent in the mail. Decisions are being sent to freshman and transfer students.

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If you have any questions regarding your application or admission, please call our office 410-455-2292!

Happy Valentines,

Elizabeth

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Welcome Back!

The shining sun and cool air greeted our students on their first day of classes, today. Winter break has ended and it is time for our old and new students to get started on their next semester.

Although classes are back in session, that doesn’t mean the fun of winter break has ended. We kick off each semester with Welcome Week. Welcome week is filled with games, activities, and socials so our new students can get acclimated to campus and build friendships.Students are really looking forward to our Big Breakfast and Bingo on Friday night and our super bowl party on Sunday, among other events. A lot of our new transfer students enjoy Tuesday mornings because Off-Campus Student Services hosts a warm delicious breakfast. A fun new activity taking over campus this week is #UMBCsquirrles.

#UMBCsquirrels will connect our students this first week through the art of memes. They are tasked with creating illustrations and memes of what the squirrels think and do around campus. I can’t wait to see what our students create!

Our admissions office is happy to have students back on campus. With the new semester, our counselors are busy reading fall applications and planning our spring travel. We cannot wait to have all of you on campus next year!

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Have a great semester!

Elizabeth

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Class of 2021, We Need You!

Hello Future Retrievers!

Throughout this upcoming Spring Season, we will be notifying thousands of new Retrievers that they have been accepted as a part of our class of 2021.  I know that you have a lot of decisions to make before May 1st, but in the meantime,  you can join our official Class of 2021 Facebook Group.

This Facebook group is the official group of UMBC Class of 2021. You’ll be able to use this group to connect with your fellow future UMBC Retrievers! Students may request to join after being offered admission. To join, your name on your application must match that of your Facebook profile.

Join now by clicking here! #UMBCadmit

Remember to follow us on all of our social media accounts for the most up to date information!

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Deadlines Are Approaching!

Hello Everyone,

For those of you who live near by, I hope you’ve been keeping warm over the last few days! I had the pleasure of spending my holidays in nice warm weather but was greeted with below freezing temperatures when I got back. Check out the beautiful sunset  I witnessed just days before returning to the cold!

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As we get back into the normal routine, I’d like to remind you all of two very important deadlines that are soon approaching!

February 1st: Regular Decision Deadline!

February 14th: FAFSA Deadline! Apply online by Valentine!

For those of you who haven’t submitted your application, you have until February 1st to submit the Common App and all supporting materials! AND if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to submit your FAFSA application by Valentines Day for need-based aid consideration.

You can keep up to date with your application status by logging in to your myUMBC account. Once you apply, be sure to create your account! If you have questions on how to do so, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

As always, follow our social media accounts to receive the most up to date information about UMBC and don’t forget to use our hashtag, #UMBCAdmit!

 

@UMBCAdmissions

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Winter Semester

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Today I am going to highlight our winter semester. UMBC never stops moving. Not only do we offer courses in the fall and spring but also in the winter and summer.

The winter semester is helpful for incoming transfer students and freshman to get acclimated to campus. Take a course to lighten your spring class schedule or complete a prerequisite. In our winter term, we offer over 100 courses that can be online, in person or hybrid classes. Don’t worry you still get to enjoy the holiday break. The semester does not start until January 30th!

The campus continues to stay busy with activities for our winter semester students. A few activities happening this month are canvas painting, hot chocolate drinking and donut decorating. I hope you consider this option when you are a retriever!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Until next time!

Elizabeth

 

Hi Everyone!

Hello Future Retrievers!

I am very excited to introduce myself to you all on our blog! My name is Elizabeth Davis and I am our newest Admissions Counselor here in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The past seven months have flown by and been filled with excitement. I spent the fall traveling around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and western Maryland meeting wonderful future retrievers. I attended over 100 high schools and got to do some sight-seeing. Recently, I have had the pleasure of reading applications and was impressed with our applicant pool. You all rock!

After a busy fall, I am happy to wind down and tell you a little bit about me!

I am Maryland, born and raised. Old bay, steamed crabs, Ravens and Orioles are just a few of my favorite things. I am always filled with energy and wearing a big smile.  I grew up on a dairy farm in Carroll Coun13679979_10210491555985514_1274366607968514683_oty and studied dairy science in college. Cows are great at cuddling, looking cute and being the best animals around. Milk and parmesan cheese are my favorite drink & food.

 

I just moved to Baltimore City to live with my sister. The best part about the city are our sports team. There is nothing sweeter than Camden yards on a summer night and a Ravens win on Sunday afternoon. I am very close with my family and friends. I am so lucky to be roommates with my sister and have our friends within walking distance.

As a recent graduate, I can say to all of our future retrievers welcome to the best four years. The academics, extracurriculars, and friendships will last a lifetime.I love my job because everyday I get to help students start their college journey.

I hope you enjoyed reading all about me! I’ll be posting again soon so stay tuned!

Early Action Letter Drop!

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My favorite time of year is here! The moment all of my aspiring Retrievers have been waiting for!

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We are excited to announce that at approximately 3 pm yesterday afternoon, Early Action decision letters were released!

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I want to thank you all for all of your hard work, not only submitting all of your materials by the Early Action deadline of November 1st but for doing well your entire educational career to get you prepared for this moment.

 

This year we had nearly 6,000 Early Action applicants! I  also want to thank our admissions staff for diligently and relentlessly reviewing every completed application file.We appreciate how patient you all have been and the wait is now over!

 

There are two possible decisions you can receive in the mail and I will expand on exactly what they mean:

  1. Early Action

Congratulations! It is a wonderful experience to receive admission to a college or university, and even more exciting if this is your first decision letter.

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Your admissions packet contains a wealth of information about UMBC, Orientation, Student Life, and Living on Campus. Please review each section of the packet. During the spring season, we will be hosting various events, both on and off campus, for newly admitted students. Be on the look-out for those dates in the near future!

You will have until May 1st to submit your enrollment deposit so you have some time to decide on the best fit institution for you. Please contact our office if you have any questions in the meantime.

  1. Deferred

For Early Action review, in addition to offers of admission, we send notifications that an application has been deferred to Regular Decision for further consideration. This does not mean you have not been admitted! If you receive a deferral letter, do not be discouraged. This year we had an influx of applications, making Our Early Action review even more competitive. We will begin sending Regular Decision letters in late February. As always, please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions!

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Once again, thank you for all of your applications! We truly enjoyed reading them and getting to learn a little more about our future Retrievers!

We encourage you to share your excitement with family, friends, and on social media using our hashtag #UMBCadmit! You never know, you might see yourself on one of our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us @UMBCadmissions!

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