New Student Day!!!

Good Morning Future Retrievers!

We are less than two weeks away from one of our favorite events of the year; New Student Day!  The invites are out and you can register through your myUMBC account.  Be sure to use the registration code sent in your invitation.

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New Student Day is the perfect opportunity to visit campus, fall in love with the retriever lifestyle and accept your admissions! We will start the morning with our campus activities fair! The fair will have a portion of our 250 clubs present. Students will get to explore our wide variety of clubs, meet members and sign up to join. Throughout the day students will be attending sessions focused on student life, campus living, and academics. You will also have the opportunity to tour research facilities, tutoring spaces and a residential facility. Lastly, throughout the whole day, you will be able to interact with current students and professors in all departments.

I want to congratulate all of the admitted students! We can’t wait to see all of you Future Retrievers on Saturday, April 8th!

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Winter Semester

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Today I am going to highlight our winter semester. UMBC never stops moving. Not only do we offer courses in the fall and spring but also in the winter and summer.

The winter semester is helpful for incoming transfer students and freshman to get acclimated to campus. Take a course to lighten your spring class schedule or complete a prerequisite. In our winter term, we offer over 100 courses that can be online, in person or hybrid classes. Don’t worry you still get to enjoy the holiday break. The semester does not start until January 30th!

The campus continues to stay busy with activities for our winter semester students. A few activities happening this month are canvas painting, hot chocolate drinking and donut decorating. I hope you consider this option when you are a retriever!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Until next time!

Elizabeth

 

Hi Everyone!

Hello Future Retrievers!

I am very excited to introduce myself to you all on our blog! My name is Elizabeth Davis and I am our newest Admissions Counselor here in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The past seven months have flown by and been filled with excitement. I spent the fall traveling around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and western Maryland meeting wonderful future retrievers. I attended over 100 high schools and got to do some sight-seeing. Recently, I have had the pleasure of reading applications and was impressed with our applicant pool. You all rock!

After a busy fall, I am happy to wind down and tell you a little bit about me!

I am Maryland, born and raised. Old bay, steamed crabs, Ravens and Orioles are just a few of my favorite things. I am always filled with energy and wearing a big smile.  I grew up on a dairy farm in Carroll Coun13679979_10210491555985514_1274366607968514683_oty and studied dairy science in college. Cows are great at cuddling, looking cute and being the best animals around. Milk and parmesan cheese are my favorite drink & food.

 

I just moved to Baltimore City to live with my sister. The best part about the city are our sports team. There is nothing sweeter than Camden yards on a summer night and a Ravens win on Sunday afternoon. I am very close with my family and friends. I am so lucky to be roommates with my sister and have our friends within walking distance.

As a recent graduate, I can say to all of our future retrievers welcome to the best four years. The academics, extracurriculars, and friendships will last a lifetime.I love my job because everyday I get to help students start their college journey.

I hope you enjoyed reading all about me! I’ll be posting again soon so stay tuned!

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!