Decisions, decisions!

It’s hard to believe that the spring semester is about to start, and that January is almost over. That means it’s back to “fall mode” for those of us here in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  To add to all the excitement around here, we have now begun to notify regular decision applicants about next fall. 

If you applied sometime in November or December, and you are certain that your application was complete, chances are your letter was among the millions (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but it sure seemed like a lot) that we have sent in the past few days. So, check your mailboxes! 

If you have still not received a letter from us a few days from now, that most likely means that your application was or is missing some important materials—SAT scores, high school transcripts, etc. Close your eyes and picture all those times you checked your mailbox over the past few weeks.  Did you receive a friendly little postcard from UMBC requesting those missing materials? If so, please send in your ______________ (SATs, high school transcript, fill in the blank!) as soon as possible.  Then you can get an admissions decision letter, too! 

If you sent in the missing pieces already, don’t worry!  We are most likely working on your application now and you’ll be hearing from us soon.  At this time of year, with high schools finishing up fall grades, and our February 1 deadline approaching, we are pretty swamped with mail, so it can take a couple of days for your transcript to be united with the rest of your application. Remember, we can only make admissions decisions on applications that are complete, and even then we need time to process and mail every letter.  It generally takes about 3-4 weeks from the time an application is complete for the decision to reach you. 

If you are certain that all of your supplemental or missing materials should have reached us by late December, feel free to email us at to check on the status of your application. 

One very important detail to note: If you have heard, whether from your high school, the College Board, or from any college or university to which you have applied, that there is some detail incorrect in your application, please take care of it immediately.  If there is any discrepancy between, for example, your record at College Board and the information on your college applications, it is very important that you contact all the organizations involved to have your records corrected.  If your address, phone number, date of birth, or any other information is relayed incorrectly, it can seriously delay the processing of your application.

And that is my helpful hint of the day! Back to work for me… Happy Tuesday everyone.