Deadlines, Decisions, and Recommendations

This is the time of the year when applicants start wondering, asking, calling, and e-mailing about different deadlines and dates.  “When is the deadline for…? When will I find out if I got in?  What office should I send this to?  How many letters of recommendation do I need?”  Below I have provided a basic overview of important dates, deadlines, and facts about applying and receiving admissions decisions.

Deadlines for Applying (and dates of notification)

The Early Action deadline of Nov. 1 (11/1/09) is only a month away.  Applicants who submit all of their materials (postmarked) by this date, will receive notification of our decision by the end of December.

The Regular Decision deadline is Feb. 1 (2/1/10).  For applicants who are still gathering materials for the application or who plan to take the SAT or ACT again, please note that we will consider all available scores when reviewing an application.  If a current test score or GPA is hurting an applicant’s chances of admission, we will hold for any pending test scores or grade reports (to be submitted with an official test score report or an official mid-year transcript before Feb. 1) before making our decision.  Please do be sure to fill out the appropriate portion on the application to note all SATs or ACTs that you have already taken, or will take in the future. Applicants who apply by the Regular Decision deadline should receive word of our decision by the spring of 2010.

Honors College Application Deadline and Information

Admission to the Honors College is separate from admission to the University.  For full consideration for admission and scholarships from the Honors College, the Honors College application must be completed by January 15th. Applications received after January 15th will be reviewed on a space-available basis; however, no consideration will be given for The Honors College scholarships.

It is important to note that the materials for the Honors College Application should not be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions but the Honors College.   The Honors College application, writing sample, and answers to questions on the application should be sent to:

UMBC Honors College
1000 Hilltop Circle
Albin O. Kuhn Library, room 216
Baltimore, MD 21250

Application Deadlines for Six Scholars Programs

Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program
Humanities Scholars Program
Linehan Artist Scholars Program
Meyerhoff Scholars Program
Sherman Teacher Education Scholars Program
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars

These scholarship programs require students to fill out applications that are separate from the undergraduate application to the University.  The Meyerhoff Program also requires students to be nominated prior to their application (the deadline for nominations was Oct. 1).  The deadline for applying for the following programs is Jan. 15, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

Center for Women and Information Technology
Humanities Scholars Program
Sherman Teacher Education Scholars
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars
Linehan Artist Scholars Program (Deadline JAN 1, 2010)
Meyerhoff Scholars Program (Deadline DEC. 1, 2010)

Also, as is stated in the application for each scholarship, please be aware that students should have their Undergraduate Application for UMBC submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the deadline of their respective scholarship program application (listed above). All who apply should also pay close attention to the mailing address of each separate scholarship program (listed in the application).


Recommendation Letters

For Admission to UMBC

One letter of recommendation will suffice for applying to UMBC (though it is not required), and we will accept up to three letters from each applicant.

For Admission to the Honors College

Letters of recommendation are not required.

For Admission to Six Scholarship Programs

Each program has their own recommendation policies listed on their respective application.


9 thoughts on “Deadlines, Decisions, and Recommendations

  1. If I already sent three recommendation letters for admission, do I have to submit two more specifically for the meyerhoff scholars program?

  2. Hi Kellie- You do not need to send different letters of recommendation to Meyerhoff, but they will need you to at least send copies of your letters to the Meyerhoff office. Please take careful note of what is expected from the Meyerhoff letters of recommendation in the following link about applying to the program:

    • Hi Omar- UMBC does have a counselor recommendation form but we don’t require that it be used. The form can be found in the Apply section of the Undergraduate website. Your teacher is also welcome to just put their letter of recommendation on letterhead from your school. Thanks!

  3. Hello. I’m interested in both the visual arts and the sciences. I’m passionate about animation/interactive media, but I want to explore neuroscience as an interdisciplinary study.

    Is it possible for me to apply for both the Linehan Scholarship program AND the Meyerhoff Scholarship program and then later choose which I’d like to accept?

    • Hi Farah- Students are allowed to apply to more than one scholars program but ultimately you can only be part of one if you were admitted to both. Thanks!

  4. I sent my recommendations before the Early Action deadline but submitted my application later for the Regular Decision deadline. Will these recommendations be counted for the Regular Decision deadline?

    • Hi Susie- If you submitted application items before you actually submitted your application those items will be matched with your Undergraduate application once it is sent to our office. Thanks!

      • I checked my application status and it says that I have an incomplete application but I’ve already submitted all my materials! Should I resend the missing item even if it’s pass the deadline?

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