Congratulations Class of 2021!

Following May 1st, we want to welcome and congratulate the incoming Retriever Class of 2021!

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You all put in a tremendous amount of work throughout high school and we could not be more excited to start working with you!

Next on your checklist to UMBC should be orientation. Orientation is an incredibly important event in your college transition. It will help you get in touch with other new Retrievers, the UMBC campus community, and get you in contact with campus life and academic resources. One of the most important pieces of your orientation will be registering for your fall classes! An academic advisor will help you in a one-on-one setting to ensure you start on the right path to graduation from day one.

If you have not already registered for orientation, you can do it right now on your computer! All you have to do is visit http://orientation.umbc.edu/ and pick a day that works for you. While you are there, check the “Before Orientation” tab to make sure you are all ready to go on once you arrive. This could include ensuring you have already completed placement testing, sent us any advanced credit scores (like AP testing) from high school, and collecting any miscellaneous paperwork that is needed like health forms.

If you need any help, feel free to call our office or send us an email. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

 

Come See If UMBC Is Right For YOU!

Hey all my Future Retrievers!

Happy November! Believe it or not, we have a few visit opportunities left for those of you who are still deciding if UMBC could be your home for college!

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This coming Monday, November 7th, is our last Retriever Day of the fall. This is a great opportunity for potential students to see what our amazing university has to offer. You can meet with students, faculty, and staff from all over campus and learn more about our community!

UMBC will also host a Transfer Open House on Friday, November 18th. This is a great time for all of our transfer applicants and prospective transfer applicants to come to campus and get a feel for what life is like as a transfer student at UMBC. Learn about the transition and social atmosphere on campus, the academic offerings provided, and the support around campus to assist you in succeeding and achieving in a major way!

Make sure to register to attend on our website.

See you all soon!

ED

Early Action Is Closer Than It Appears!

Hello from the road Retriever Believers!

 

It’s been great getting to meet so many of you and hearing your stories and dreams. Travel season is the time where we can connect with you, talk about important issues, and help guide you to your perfect college!

 

We also need to make sure we stay focused on that goal though; acceptance to a college (hopefully UMBC!). Our Early Action deadline is November 1st and it is highly recommended for all applicants. I know some of you are getting tired of college applications and that is okay, you’re almost there. All you need to do to complete UMBC’s Common Application, submit your official SAT or ACT score, and your high school transcript.

 

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I’m sure a few of you feel like this when it comes to college essays.

Remember, while this process can be stressful, it should also be exciting and fun. Be yourself and enjoy the last of high school. As always, let us know if you have questions and feel free to tag us on social media with #UMBCpawprint

-ED

We’re Coming to Your City!

Cue Big and Rich music.

 

That’s right! The UMBC admissions counselors are back on the road. For my part, I’ll be travelling in Connecticut, New York, and Delaware out of state and Harford and Carroll Counties in state.

Make sure to check your high school guidance counselor to see when we will be visiting! Also make sure to check local college fairs before you head out to make sure you don’t miss us.

We can’t wait to bring UMBC to YOU!

-ED

UMBC Retrievers in Rio!

It’s Olympics time! Happy Summer Olympics everyone! Did you know that UMBC actually has a pair of alumni athletes competing in Rio?

We’re proud of our athletes Mohamed Hussein ’14 and Cleopatra Borel ’02 for representing our university and their countries at the 2016 Rio Olympics.atplay_swimmingMohamed is a swimmer and will compete in the 200m individual medley. The event is slated for Wednesday, August 10th at 1:14 PM. While at UMBC, Mohamed studied mechanical engineering, swam on the men’s varsity team, and broke two school records in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. He is currently studying to earn his master’s in Engineering Management.We’re sending Mohamed our best wishes as he represents Egypt and goes for the gold!

Cleopatra is a track and field star who will be competing in the women’s shot put competition. She is scheduled to enter competition on Friday, August 12th at 10:05 AM for the qualifiers. We can’t wait to see Cleopatra represent UMBC and Trinidad & Tobago! Cleopatra was an Interdisciplinary Studies major during her time at UMBC and racked up the athletic accolades at the same time!

cleopatraboreltoronto2015pangamesdayharoemnwa7jlShe was a three time All-American, broke indoor and outdoor shot put school records, and won the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships, which makes her the first Retriever athlete to win an NCAA Div I title. To add to an impressive list of accomplishments, Cleopatra won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 2015. This will be Cleopatra’s 4th Olympic appearance after Athens, Beijing, and London.

We’d also like to extend a special shout out to Emily Escobedo ’17, a current student who participated in the 2016 US Olympic Trials and came in an impressive 10th in the semifinals for the 200m breaststroke.

It’s great to see our alumni and students representing both our university and the world at the Olympic Games!

And The Award Goes To…

UMBC!

We have had an amazing summer so far and we hope you have been too! UMBC has been in the news quite a few times recently including recognition as a top 100 public university from both Money Magazine and Forbes. Money Magazine made note of UMBC’s impressive 50 year record in their College Planner notes. They went even further naming UMBC one of the top three public universities in Maryland! There’s something to celebrate.

Forbes had a number of accolades on their Top Colleges list including the recognition of UMBC as the #6 mid-sized public college and a #134 top research universities nationwide.

Time Higher Education named UMBC one of the world’s top young universities for a fifth time in April. Add in UMBC appearances in the Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges that Pay You Back” Guide and the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges for students’ access to academic and social resources!

UMBC was also just named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, one of only 80 universities on the list. What we are trying to say is that from the students to the faculty and staff, UMBC is really topping the list!

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Interested to see more? Come visit us and check out UMBC for yourself!

Have a great summer everyone!

-ED

5 Things With Ed: Find Your Perfect College Edition

Happy 5th of July! Okay, so I missed by a day but it’s time for another 5 things. This post will hopefully help rising juniors and seniors find a college that fits them and their needs and navigate “the process” as many are calling it now.

  1. Do your homework! – I’m not talking about geometry or chemistry here (but still do that type of homework).  There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. You have a ton of options and all that choice can be overwhelming. For many of you, you haven’t had a say in your education to this point. Study up on a variety of schools that offer a few majors that you are interested in. There are a plethora of resources to help you such as the Princeton Review’s College SearchBig Future from the College Board, and US News Best College Search Tool. Check with your high school to see if you have access to Naviance. These will let you sort schools based on size, location, areas of study, cost to attend, and a number of other factors. Make a list of 10 or so colleges to put some additional work into once you have identified them as schools of interest.
  2. Start Local – We need to take some small steps before we really get running. Check out local area universities or colleges on a weekend that you are free. Explore a large, medium, and small school (keep in mind those are all relative to your preference) that are relatively close to home. You may not be interested in that particular school but it can help you gauge the scale of the university and if you would fit in at that university. Try contacting the Admissions Office at the school for tour dates/times.
  3. Attend a College Fair – Chances are, you will have a college fair in your area (or within an hour drive) this coming fall. College admission representatives spend months every fall bringing their universities to you. These fairs are great opportunities to ask a lot of different institutions about your future! Avoid pitfalls though (I may make a future 5 Things about college fairs) but talk to schools you haven’t heard of, gather information, ask questions that will help you past application requirements, and decide if the university requires more of your search time.
  4. Visit “Your Schools” – I really struggled with placement on this list item. Certain students may have this as a last step depending on resources or distance of a university from home. You can do all the research in the world on a school but until you step foot on campus, you will never really know if that place is going to be “home” for the next four years. This is called a lot of different things but most admissions professionals call this “fit.” The feeling a student gets where they are comfortable to study, live, explore, build relationships, and a 1,000 other things. Colleges and universities are a lot like people in the sense that they have different values and views on the world. Taking the time to visit your top universities is a critical step in the college search process.
  5. Pick Your 5 – This piece may be the most important (and I’m stealing it from a colleague of mine). I personally believe the single biggest pitfall in the college search is the concept of a “dream school,” or a single school that you are putting everything into. It creates a lot of negativity in the search where other schools are treated like inferior options and are in some cases labeled “safety schools.” The alternative I recommend is getting a “Fit Five” or five schools that you would be more than happy to attend if you are accepted and the schools financially work with your circumstances. These five schools can look very different as well, academically, socially, physically, and geographically. That is perfectly fine. It allows you, as a student, to focus your time, effort, and energy on a selection of schools that are manageable to visit, contact the admissions officer, plan a visit, and work on the application all while maintain a busy high school life. This approach gives you choice while avoiding a lot of the negativity associated with the college search process.

So this has been a bit longer winded than most 5 Things but I sincerely hope it helps. As always, you are welcome to contact us at UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any question. Leave a comment below if you have questions or if you would like me to write about a specific topic for a future “5 Things With Ed.”

 

Happy belated Independence Day and enjoy this wonderful week!

-ED

‘Tis the Season for Orientation!

Hello all my Retrievers!

 

Today marks the very first day of Summer Freshman Orientation 2016! We are beyond excited to welcome you all to the House of Grit and your new home. We have decked campus out in black and gold for you, the campus is buzzing to meet its newest additions, and the faculty and staff cannot wait to start working with you!

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School spirit is in this Summer Orientation!

So what can you do if you are still waiting for you orientation? Check out all the action on Twitter! @UMBCorientation has the scoop on what’s happening all over campus and be sure to check their hashtags. You can also visit orientation.umbc.edu for many helpful tips and tricks including what to bring, how to connect to the Class of 2020, and meet your OPAs, the Orientation Peer Advisors, at http://orientation.umbc.edu/meet-your-opas/.

Make sure you meet your new classmates, make connections, and get excited for the Fall Semester!

 

On behalf of the entire Retriever Community, welcome to UMBC Class of 2020!

UMBC Professor Named to National Academy of Science!

A huge congratulations to Dr. Michael Summers on being named to the National Academy of Science! This is one of the highest honors a research can earn and Dr. Summers has definitely earned it. Over his 30+ years of research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Dr. Summers has worked on unraveling the mystery and solving the problem that is the HIV/AIDS virus. His research is focused on the HIV-1 virus and how the retrovirus is transmitted.

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What could be better than this? Dr. Summers is one of the best mentors on campus and truly believes in training the next generation of scientists! Just take a look at the number of individuals, both graduates and undergraduates, involved in his research: The Summers Lab.

 

It’s great to have such a national treasure call UMBC home! You can check out a full write up from UMBC here!

Until next time Retrievers!

 

Ed Devine