It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye!

Hello, Future Retrievers!

Today, I come to you in complete and utter sadness as I am bringing to you our last and final blog post. You will be able to stay up to date with what is going on here at UMBC by following the university’s social media handles, @UMBC, on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, and @UMBClife on Instagram.

If you have any questions for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 410-455-2292.

Enjoy your Summer Break! We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!!!

Hello, Future Retrievers and Retrievers!

Next week, our graduating seniors will be walking across the stage and entering a new chapter of their lives. As we prepare for commencement, the UMBC community would like to honor our soon-to-be graduates for all they have achieved in their time as Retrievers, and the legacies they will leave as they take their next steps.

You can meet some of UMBC’s exceptional new graduates and our very own Undergraduate Fellow, Kaitlin Smith, by clicking here!

Stay tuned to find out how to watch a live feed of our Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 1:00 pm.

As always be sure to follow us on our other social media accounts @UMBCadmissions!

Financial Aid Packages Are on the Way!

Hello Future Retrievers,

We know you have a lot to decide prior to the May 1st deadline. As a reminder, you will now be able to check your myUMBC account to view your Financial Aid Awards. If you have any issues locating your package, please click here.

This is such an exciting and nerve racking time for you and your families, and we want to help you in any way we can! If you have any additional questions about your financial aid package, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor.

Don’t know who your Financial Aid Counselor is? Click here to find out!

I look forward to meeting all of you at New Student Day!

Best,

Christine

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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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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HOMECOMING IS HERE!!!

We are sending the Fever to all of our Future Retrievers because it is our Homecoming Week!!! We are continuing our 50th celebration with a slew of Homecoming events from now until Sunday, October 9th! Because I love you guys, I provided a list of the events below :-).homecoming

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

Homecoming Bonfire
7 p.m., Erickson Field
Join the campus for this Homecoming tradition!  Get ready for great food, fire, and giveaways.  Exact start time based on our friends in the fire department!

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. ceremony
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building
Each year, the UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni and faculty for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the UMBC community are invited to join us in celebrating the 2016 alumni award winners. Learn more and register.

Women’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell
7 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

Talent Show
9 p.m.-11 p.m., University Center Ballroom
Join us as UMBC’s talented students take the stage!  Interested in signing up? Email studentevents@umbc.edu by October 3, 2016, for more information. Space is limited!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Volleyball Game
5 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Spread some Retriever pride by cheering on the Volleyball team at their game against Albany.

Retriever Rally
9 p.m. – 10 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Pack the RAC and show your Retriever Pride!  Tons of freebies, food, t-shirts, games, and the introduction of this year’s basketball teams. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Retriever Dance Marathon
10 p.m. – 2 a.m., University Center Ballroom
Dance to your heart’s content! UMBC will be hosting our second annual Retriever Dance Marathon for the kids! #FTK To sign up your team or donate to a team or individual go to http://www.umbcrdm.site/.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

Homecoming Carnival
1 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Quad
Catch Retriever Fever at a FREE community festival where there is something for everyone! Enjoy rides, inflatables, games, food trucks, arts and crafts, face painters, and an alumni hospitality tent. In the hospitality tent alumni can enjoy refreshments, beer and wine (cash bar for 21 and over only), giveaways and Homecoming t-shirts. Learn more.

UMBC Athletic Alumni Pre-Game Gathering
Noon-2:15 p.m.
Giffen Hill
Join your fellow athletic alumni for an afternoon of fun, including free food, drink, and family activities! Catch up with old friends before watching our Men’s Soccer Team take on UMass Lowell. Learn more and register.

Men’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell
2:30 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

Women’s Volleyball vs. Binghamton
1 p.m.
Retriever Activities Center

Come by and join in on all the festivities. If you are planning to come on Saturday with your families, you will be able to stop by the Undergraduate Admissions for a Self-Guided Tour booklet or access it by clicking here.

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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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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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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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Summer Preview Day!!!

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We are less than a month away from one of our favorite events of the year, Summer Preview Day! On Friday, August 5th, students and their families will be able to learn more about admission, financial aid and scholarships, residential life, the Honors College, student activities, and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to go on a tour led by our enthusiastic student guides. If you are a rising high school senior, this is a great event for you to get to know more about UMBC before applying later on in the year.

If you are interested in registering for this event, click here!

After visiting UMBC, you can explore Baltimore by using the Baltimore Collegetown guide.

We look forward to seeing you there! 🙂  As always, follow us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions to stay up to date with the latest information from our office!

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