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

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!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!

Hello Future Retrievers!

I hope you all are having an amazing school year! This upcoming week UMBC will be closed for Spring Break. Do not worry, our office will be back up and running on Thursday, March 17th at our regular hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

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Please email us at admissions@umbc.edu if you have any questions, and we will get back to you once we return.

Also, don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday for daylight savings time! SPRING IS HERE!!! But, knowing Maryland weather it’s probably going to snow next week…

Remember, you can always stay up to date with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by following us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions!

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Fall Admissions Statuses

Hello once again Future Retrievers!

We will be mailing out decisions very shortly. We have been working hard and are as excited as you are about the next steps in the admission process. I wanted to take the time to explain what each admission status means and how it will affect you.

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Admitted to UMBC: Congratulations! Being offered admission to a college or university is an exciting experience, especially if this is the first college decision letter you’ve received. In your UMBC admission packet you will find a variety of information about the campus and a future at UMBC. Later in the spring we’ll host several receptions and events, on-campus and off, for admitted students to get to know UMBC. May 1 is the national deadline to submit an enrollment deposit so take some time to consider what school will be the best fit for you. Also, feel free to share your decision with friends and family, but keep in mind that not everyone received this decision. If you have questions for us, feel free to get in touch.

Wait List: In a way, being placed on the wait list is a non-decision; you’ve not been offered admission, nor have you been denied admission. We place students on the wait list for further review as we learn more about our enrollment numbers. Essentially, as more students submit their enrollment deposit to UMBC we have a better idea of our incoming class and we can determine if we can admit students from the wait list. Additional academic information is welcome from wait list applicants, this can include mid-year grades or additional test scores. We do not assign students a number on the wait list, the wait list will be reviewed as a whole when we get to the point of reviewing the wait list. I don’t have an exact notification date for wait list students but we do our best to send decisions by the end of May.

Not offered admission to UMBC: This, of course, is the hardest decision to receive. Believe it or not, this is also the hardest decision to give. We truly value our applicants but the reality of college admissions is that we cannot admit all of our applicants. In the last few years UMBC has experienced significant growth in our applicant pool, and this larger applicant pool has becoming increasingly competitive. I often see students do two things when they receive this decision: 1) try to compare their application with other students, and 2) try to rack their brains on what they “did wrong” on their application. I discourage students from trying to do either of these things. For the first point, it is very difficult to compare students to one another because we consider each applicant individually. As admissions counselors we have the entire application, and while the exact criteria and review process for applications is kept internal, suffice it to say that we consider many factors. For the second point, students rarely do something “wrong.” As mentioned earlier, we cannot offer admission to all of our applications. There exists a reality that we only have so much space in our incoming class and therefore, because of numbers, we have to make decisions to not offer admission to some students. If you’re not offered admission please know that you can still attend UMBC later down the line by transferring.

Next Steps: Plenty of emotions come with receiving decision letters from colleges. We’re very excited to get to know our admitted students over the next few months, and we hope to see you here in the fall. If you were placed on the wait list or not offered admission, please know we are still here as a resource. We’re happy to guide you through the process and clear up any questions you may have. One note I would make, if you do want to follow up with an application decision we want to hear from the student. Family members, we appreciate you, but your student should be making the call, sending the email, etc. We know you want to help, parents, but this is a time for your about-to-be-a-college-student to take the reigns.

As always, should you need help, give us a call!

 

Best of luck!

-ED

We’re back!

Hello all!

We are happy to announce that we are back to our normal business hours! Although the University is open, the first day of classes will be tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th.

I hope everyone stayed safe and warm was able to catch up on work, shows, and much needed sleep!

…and of course, play in the snow! Here’s a picture of my puppy super annoyed because I kept taking pictures instead of letting him play.

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I’d also like to remind everyone that our Regular Decision deadline is February 1st! That is this coming Monday! Make sure you are logging into your myUMBC account to make sure we have all of your application materials.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Take care,

Gaby🙂

 

It’s Going to Snow!

Hey Retrievers and Future Retrievers!

So if you haven’t heard, it’s going to snow a lot. To make sure everyone stays safe, UMBC will be closing at 1 PM today (1/22). We will be closed on Saturday and Sunday and classes have been cancelled on Monday. That means our first day of Spring classes will be this Tuesday. For more information, stay tuned to http://www.umbc.edu.

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Enjoy the snow!

 

Time to Celebrate!

Hello Again!

Can you believe there are only 8 days left in 2015?! I hope this year was full of wonderful experiences for you all. It’s that time to get together with our loved ones and enjoy all the wonderful holiday festivities! Take this time to relax and pat yourselves on the back for another year of hard work and accomplishments.

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Since the holidays are soon approaching, our office will be closed from December 24th to January 3rd and will reopen on Monday, January 4th. We will answer any e-mails and other messages upon our return.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Undergraduate Admissions Office!

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…And for my fellow Marylanders, enjoy the 70 degrees on Christmas!

 

5 Things With Ed: Reasons to Attend Transfer Open House

Hello and happy Monday!

 

Are you a transfer student wondering if UMBC is the right school for you to attend? Are you currently at a university and worrying it isn’t the right fit? Are you free on Friday (Nov. 20th)? Well then here are my top 5 reasons to attend UMBC’s Transfer Open House!

  1. You get to see campus! The easiest way to figure out how you feel about a school is to visit the campus. You will be able to experience and interact with everything from the students to the physical campus and get a feel for how well you could fit as a Retriever!umbc_sunrisehr
  2. Our admissions staff will be available to talk to! Do you have questions about transferring or the required documents? There’s no better way to understand the process than by asking the source directly.
  3. All of campus is there to support you! Resources from many of our on campus offices will be represented to help you understand everything about the transfer process including Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Athletics, and many more! It’s the perfect time to get all of your student life question answered.timeline_5
  4. Take a tour to get the inside scoop! Our amazing student tour guides are more than happy to show you and other prospective students around and let you know what it’s really like living a day in the life of a UMBC student. They also have secret tips of how to get involved and be successful on campus!
  5. Take the day to enjoy and explore! You can take advantage of our wonderful campus dining, pick up some new UMBC gear at the bookstore, or take a trip into Baltimore to become better acquainted with your future home!umbcbookstore

There are your five things for today! Make sure to say “Hi!” if you come to campus on Friday.

Welcome to the DAWG HOUSE!

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Hello to all of my new UMBC Retrievers!

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Join us on our Orientation Safari with our Orientation Peer Advisors (OPAs). Incoming students will have the chance to attend breakout sessions to learn more about UMBC’s academic requirements, campus resources, and student life.

Most importantly on this safari, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your academic goals, select, and register for your fall semester classes. Needless to say, our Orientation programs are mandatory!

For our admitted students who have not registered for an Orientation program yet, you will need to do so as soon as possible as our programs are already underway. You can register for a program by visiting orientation.umbc.edu. Trust me; you do not want to miss all the fun (and treats) on this Safari ride!

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To meet more of our OPAs, click here!

You will be able to see what goes down in the DAWG House on our orientation instagram and twitter accounts @umbcorientation.

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If you haven’t done so already, be sure to follow the UMBC C/O 2019 Facebook page, and follow us on twitter and instagram @UMBCadmissions.  Don’t be afraid to post a selfie or two with the #UMBCadmit15! smilely

CHOOSE UMBC!

Hello Future Retrievers!

Less than 48 hours away you will be making one of the most important decisions in your life. What is that important decision you may ask? Well, I will tell you! May 1st is the deadline to accept your admission to UMBC and officially become a part of the RETRIEVER FAMILY. I know that for some of you this is a difficult decision, so I have come up with five reasons why UMBC is the place to be.

  1. OUR TOP NOTCH FACULTY

          The professors at UMBC are unlike any other and have an unusually strong                       commitment to teaching undergraduates. They have been recognized by U.S. News           and World Report as #5 for Best Undergraduate Teaching. We just so happen to                 rank before highly acclaimed universities such as, Stanford, Brown, and Yale!

  1. GREAT LOCATION

            UMBC is located on 530 acres 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 30                 minutes from Washington, D.C. BWI Airport is five minutes away, as are AMTRAK             and light rail stations. WE ARE RIGHT OFF OF I-95.

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  1. OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH

            UMBC’s strength and success as a research university is founded in our signature             approach to inclusivity in the scholarly process and our nimble responsiveness as             a partner with other research organizations. Independent research under the                       mentorship of UMBC’s dedicated, talented faculty members can spark a student’s             lifelong interest in interdisciplinary learning.

  1. AWESOME STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

We have over 250 student organizations that created and run by our students.                   They offer a wide array of opportunities to get involved on campus through the                      interest and causes you are passionate about.

  1. HOUSING

We have 10 on-campus communities, all of which are fully furnished with wireless              internet, carpeted floors, monitors to control your temperature, and all rooms are                  suite-style. You will not have to share a bathroom with the entire hall here!  You                  only have to share with one with you suite mates.  Amazing Right?!

Those are just a few reasons why everyone should choose UMBC. We are excited to meet all you at orientation this summer. Remember… Do the right thing, and choose UMBC.

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