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.

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Hello all! My name is Gaby Romero and I am so happy to be introducing myself as one of the newer Admissions Counselors here in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. My territories this year are North Carolina, Virginia, Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore, and some parts of Anne Arundel County. I may have met some of you at your schools and/or college fairs!

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It was great getting to visit all of your schools and a wide variety of new places. As Ed mentioned, after a long season of visits and college fairs I am happy to wind down and tell you a little bit about me!

I may be a new Admissions Counselor but I am very familiar with the UMBC Community! I just graduated from UMBC in May with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Economics. I began working in the Undergraduate Admissions Office back in 2013 as a Student Assistant and have had many roles within the office that guided me to where I am today.

I am originally from San Salvador, El Salvador. I spent half my childhood there and moved to Maryland in 2001. My favorite part about my culture is definitely the food! But, I really love all kinds of food. I enjoy traveling and seeing new places and trying new experiences. I’m also a big sports fan, although I’d rather play them than watch them. I’m crazy about music! Whether it is listening to it, singing, dancing to it, or playing the guitar or ukulele. Last but not least, I love my family! They are my world; especially my puppy (yes, he is family). He is a cocker spaniel/poodle mix and his name is Blue.

Photo Oct 25, 3 46 35 PM I hope you enjoyed reading! I’ll be posting again soon so stay tuned!

Welcome to the DAWG HOUSE!

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Hello to all of my new UMBC Retrievers!


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.


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


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.


          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!


            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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            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.


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.


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.

#UMBCadmit #TrueGrit #RetrieverFever #ChooseUMBC #48hours #May1#UMBCistheonlyway

Out of State Receptions, We’re Coming for You!

Hello again,

This week in April is one of the busiest weeks for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Not only do we have college fairs in our perspective regions, but we also have our Out of State Receptions.  We could be coming to a city near you!

These events offer a unique, one of a kind, opportunity for invited students to talk directly with distinguished members of the UMBC community, as well as current students. You will be able to learn about world-class academic programs; internships and other real-world experiences; study abroad; and campus life. Below, you will see what day we will touch down in your city.

Tuesday, April 21st

New Jersey Reception

Wednesday, April 22nd

New York Reception

Thursday, April 23rd

Pennsylvania Reception

We look forward to meeting all of you this week. For all of my Future Retrievers, make sure you come ready to learn, prepared with questions, and be ready to have your mind blown from all of the information that will show you why UMBC is the place to be!



New Student Day 2015

Hello my Future Retrievers,

I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me; it’s been a little busy in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. But, I am back with some exciting news!

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This upcoming Saturday we are welcoming all Fall 2015 admitted students to the House of Grit, better known as UMBC!  Our New Student Day event invites students to experience our beautiful campus. This event allows us to not only celebrate your admission to UMBC, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the University.

This day is full of activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have the chance to attend information sessions, meet current and newly admitted UMBC students, take a walking tour of the campus, and cheer the Retrievers to victory in lacrosse!

If you have not registered for this event yet, please do so by clicking here. You definitely do not want to miss out!

We are excited to see all of you on Saturday. Remember if you take any selfies about the event or at the event, be sure to use the hashtag UMBCadmit!


Christine :)



Hello Future Retrievers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Break, and with the weather we’re having, enjoyed a couple snow days as well. It is now that time of the year where we are in our first week of classes and our prospective freshmen are continuing to submit their applications for Fall admission.

The regular decision deadline for freshmen applications is in TWO days. On February 1st, we should have all applications submitted. This is not the time to be a procrastinator. Please do not wait until 11:58pm on the date of the deadline date to submit your materials. I know that everyone knows to not rely on technology. Anything can happen!

The admissions office will be devoting their full attention to reviewing all of your applications, so keep sending them our way! Remember to finish your senior year off strong, and cross your fingers for the warm weather to grace our presence again!


Some Helpful Reminders:                                       

  • Make sure that you see all green checks when submitting your application through the Common Application Portal.
  • Complete the residency questions located in the Member Questions section in its entirety for all applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  • Double check with your guidance counselors to make sure they have sent your official transcripts.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to call the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 410.455.2292
  • DO NOT STRESS! This is an exciting time!rugrats excited

Apply Online By Valentines!

The beginning of the year is a very exciting time because there are so many things to look forward to- The SuperBowl, NBA Allstar-Weekend, Valentines Day, and THE UMBC FAFSA DEADLINE!

Whether you have applied to UMBC as a freshman back in October or you are a transfer student who intends to apply within the coming weeks, your FAFSA must be submitted by Valentine’s Day- February 14th.

FAFSAFAFSA which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in making sure that you are considered for financial aid at UMBC. For an explanation of the types of aid that you may receive at UMBC, visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships website here.  While you are exploring the site, don’t forget to check out UMBC’s cost calculator.  Even if you are in the early stages of figuring out how to pay for college, this tool will provide you with some useful insights on the cost of earning a degree at UMBC.

Over these next two weeks, familiarize yourself with these resources and remember… Apply online by Valentine’s Day!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Seasons Greetings Everyone:

It’s that time of year again! The time when we gather with our loved ones to deck the halls with boughs of holly and to roast chestnuts on an open fire! Since the holidays are right around the corner, our office will be closed from December 24th to January 4th and will reopen on Monday, January 5th.

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If you have any questions that seek immediate attention, please contact our office today (Monday, December 22, 2014) and tomorrow (Tuesday, December 23, 2014) between the hours of 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Happy Holidays from the Admissions Office!

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As many of you discovered today, we’ve started to release our Early Action notification letters. Many of the letters sent on Wednesday were for students who applied before our Early Action Deadline (November 1). We will be sending Regular Decision notification letters in late February. The timing of when you submitted your application, and also when you completed your application, have an impact on when you will receive your decision letter. Please be sure to check your application status online to ensure that you have completed your application. When checking your status, make sure you allow processing time for your application and online checklist to be updated.

Now a few notes on decision letters. Below, you will find a bit of advice on decisions.

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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.

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As always, let us know if you have questions. Take care!