Deadlines, Decisions, 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, 2009)

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.


15 thoughts on “Deadlines, Decisions, Recommendations

    • Hi Stephanie- The essay for the Undergraduate application should be between 250-350 words. If you go over the length that is okay but please keep your essay under 500 words. Thanks!

  1. Hi,

    I just have a quick question. I sent an email to admissions with a question and they directed me to this blog, but I’m still not sure what the answer to my question is.

    I am applying for Early Action and I am also interested in the Honors College and a Scholarship program. Am I supposed to submit the three applications separately? I’m confused since there is an Honors College application section on both the undergraduate admissions application and the scholarship program application. Which one am I supposed to complete?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Peggy- The Honors College application is due January 15. You can submit the Honors College application with your Undergraduate application when you apply Early Action or you can submit it separately. Also, the Honors College allows students who are applying to the Scholars programs to use their Scholars application for both the Scholars program and the Honors College (meaning you fill out only 2 applications- one for Admissions, one for Honors College and Scholars program).

      • Hi,
        I have completed my early action application but when I click yes to Honor’s college, page 4 asks me to complete Honors essay and other details. Should I complete that by Nov 1 also. B’coz I thought the Honors college is due by Jan 15 only.
        What should I do about the page 4?

  2. Hi,

    I have not sent my application in yet, but I have sent my supporting documents. Does UMBC require me to send my application in before my supporting documents. I am worried that my supporting documents will not lost or not mathched with my application (which I intend to submit next week).

    Lastly, I am applicable for a fee waiver from the MD Distinguished Scholar program. Will the online application prompt me to pay anyway? (I know that I also have to send a copy of certificate/letter for MD award… will you need it by November 1st?)

    • Hi WDSF- We don’t require that you submit your application before your other documents. We will make your other credentials with your application once it arrives. Also, you can apply online and you won’t be prompted to pay a fee if you are eligible for a waiver through MDS. Please send the copy of your letter or award as soon as you are able, it does not need to be postmarked by November 1. Thanks!

  3. Hi,

    I have a question about the Honors College application. I want to apply to the Honors College and therefore the online undergraduate application has added the Honors College form.I would like to send in the Honors College application at a later time, but before the priority deadline. How do I send in my undergraduate application online without sending in the Honors College form?

    • Hi Christine- You don’t have to submit the Honors College application with your Early Action application, but you do have the option to do so. If you don’t want to submit your Honors application with your EA app you should be able to submit the Undergrad app without completing the Honors app. If it does not go through you can check “No” to the Honors application and then separately submit it later (Honors app due Jan 15).

      • So does that mean that if I want to apply to the Honors College, I have to send in the paper application for consideration?

    • Hello yaa- If you applied for the Early Action decision period and are not offered admission your application will be automatically reconsidered for the Regular Decision period. Do not submit another application. Thanks!

  4. Hello. If I want to apply Early Action, what are the last SAT and ACT dates that you would accept. I was planning on taking the October ACT, but the scores are released on Nov. 9. Will the score for this test be considered in my application?

  5. Hi, My name is Kataya and I applied for UMBC about a month ago (October). It is now November 28th, until how long do you think it will take me to hear back whether or not I have been accepted?

    • Hi Kataya,
      Early Action applicants can expect to hear back from our office in late-December. Regular Decision students will hear from our office toward late-February.

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