Deadlines Are Approaching!

Hello Everyone,

For those of you who live near by, I hope you’ve been keeping warm over the last few days! I had the pleasure of spending my holidays in nice warm weather but was greeted with below freezing temperatures when I got back. Check out the beautiful sunset  I witnessed just days before returning to the cold!

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Playa Dorada, El Salvador

As we get back into the normal routine, I’d like to remind you all of two very important deadlines that are soon approaching!

February 1st: Regular Decision Deadline!

February 14th: FAFSA Deadline! Apply online by Valentine!

For those of you who haven’t submitted your application, you have until February 1st to submit the Common App and all supporting materials! AND if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to submit your FAFSA application by Valentines Day for need-based aid consideration.

You can keep up to date with your application status by logging in to your myUMBC account. Once you apply, be sure to create your account! If you have questions on how to do so, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

As always, follow our social media accounts to receive the most up to date information about UMBC and don’t forget to use our hashtag, #UMBCAdmit!

 

@UMBCAdmissions

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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 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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What Happens Now?

Hello all!

I’d like to begin by apologizing for our small hiatus. It’s been a busy time in the world of Admissions! But fear not…WE’RE BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE BLOG POSTS!

I also would like to congratulate all of those high school seniors on meeting our November 1st deadline. I’m sure it is a huge relief to have gotten your applications submitted. Now you may be wondering…what happens now?

All of you who applied should have received a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to check your application status. This is a great way to stay up-to-date with your application and I recommend that you check it regularly. We are in the process of reviewing all of your applications and we are excited to see so many great applicants!

If you have any specific questions during this time, don’t hesitate to reach out! We have started our live twitter chats which is another great way to be connected with us.

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Until next time!

Gaby

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

Retriever Day Round Two!

Happy Wednesday! We’re half way through the week, and I don’t know about you but I’ve been looking forward to Friday since last Friday! 😀

In case you missed our first Retriever Day, NOT TO WORRY. We have two more coming up this Fall. The next one is this Friday, October 14th! Some of you may have the day off school, so what better way to spend your day off than a morning at UMBC?!

These weekday Retriever Days are awesome because you will have the opportunity to check out a class at UMBC. We’ll have a couple of options for you and you can take your pick! We’ll also be offering different workshops, tours, and an opportunity to have conversations with faculty, staff, and students. To see a sample agenda of the day, click here!

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER! Head over to undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit to register online.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to our office at 410-455-2292 or via e-mail at admissions@umbc.edu if you have any questions.

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Gaby

 

 

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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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