‘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!


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!

The House of Grit!

Hello all,

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!

If you haven’t already finished school, I’m sure you are counting down the days. For those who have already graduated, CONGRATS!

You should all be very proud of yourselves and more importantly excited that you have completed one milestone and will now be on your way to a new journey this fall! As you will soon learn, UMBC students are well known for their hard work, innovation, diversity, and creativity.

As you prepare yourself for Orientation and starting your first year at UMBC, I encourage you to discover where you fit in The House of Grit.

You may be wondering…what does this mean?! Well…click HERE to find out!

Once you’ve taken the brief survey to determine what kind of Retriever you are, feel free to comment on this post and connect with other future Retrievers!

As always, you can stay up to date and find out what’s going on with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by following us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions!



P.S. I am a UNITER!

Congratulations, UMBC Class of 2016!!!

Hello Future Retrievers,

Today is the day of our Undergraduate Commencement, and we couldn’t be prouder of our Retrievers who are leaving the Dawg House! With nearly 2,000  graduates, the Class of 2016 will now be able to turn the tassel and close this chapter of their lives. UMBC’s “Top Knotch” education has prepared our new alum to go on to receive graduate degrees at schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton; begin positions at major government agencies and companies, like Amazon and Northrop Grumman; or to career opportunities around the globe.

To learn more about the Class of 2016, please click here.

Check out our Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Admissions, Orientation, and School Partnerships, Dale Bittinger, with some of graduating student workers. He’s even matching!


Congrats again Retrievers!!!

Remember, you can always stay up to date and find out what’s going on with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by following us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions!


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.


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


May 1st is On it’s Way!

Hello everyone!


Congratulations to all of our accepted seniors who are making up their minds if UMBC will be their home over the next 4 years. We would love to have you join our campus community and be another amazing Retriever Believer!


As many of you are likely aware, May 1st is the national deposit deadline for you to declare your intent to attend UMBC or any other university nationally. To accept your admission offer to UMBC, you will need to accept it via your myUMBC account and submit your enrollment deposit to secure your place in the class of 2020. Make sure you put your best paw forward!


We are beyond excited to welcome you to our university community! Keep using the hashtag #UMBCadmit to join the conversation on social media. Should you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to call our front office for assistance. Have a wonderful day and go Retrievers!




What’s Next?!

Hello Everyone!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted, I apologize for the hiatus! I hope everyone has been doing well and that everyone had a wonderful Spring Break.

If you are an admitted student, you may be wondering what comes next?



Registration for Orientation is up and running! You can register by visiting orientation.umbc.edu or through your myUMBC account.

Orientation will include a variety of information for both our new students and their families. You will also select your courses at Orientation for the Fall 2016 semester!

There will be multiple programs throughout the summer so you can sign up for the one that best fits with your summer plans. We also recommend that you take your Placement Tests prior to attending Orientation. Any questions regarding Placement Tests can be directed to placement@umbc.edu.

As always, be sure to continue sharing your excitement about UMBC on our social media accounts using the hashtag #UMBCadmit!



Until next time,


New Student Day!!! Woot Woot!!

Good Afternoon Future Retrievers!

We are 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.


We have a plethora of fun activities for you and your families throughout the day. You will have the opportunity to attend information sessions, meet current UMBC students, take a walking tour of the campus or a special interest area, and cheer the Retrievers to victory on the track. The Campus Activity Fair is an opportunity to learn about student clubs, intramural sports, and Retriever Athletics. Additional workshops are offered as well to learn more about becoming a future Retriever.

I want to congratulate all of the admitted students! We can’t wait to see all of you Future Retrievers on Saturday, April 16th!

Remember, you can always stay up to date and find out what’s going on with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by following us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions!




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!


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!


Come visit!

Now that the Regular Decision deadline has passed, I’m sure many of you are anxiously waiting for your decision!

…Patience, we will be sending those soon.


In the meantime, I encourage you to come visit our beautiful campus! As the weather will hopefully begin to get warmer, take a day to join us for a Black & Gold Tour.


Our Black & Gold Tours offer a 30-minute session by one of our Admissions Counselors followed by a 45min to an hour walking-tour of campus. Our tour guides are lots of fun and extremely knowledgeable about UMBC! We also have a Just for Juniors event happening on April 2nd.

To register and for more information, please visit http://undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit/visit-us.php

Until next time,