Commit by May 1st!!

 

Hello, Seniors!

Spring break is complete and you are now in the home stretch of senior year!

But, before you start dreaming of prom, graduation, and summer fun, you have one key step left in your college admissions process. You need to pick your school. We know there are a ton of fantastic universities around MD and the country but we are hopeful you will find your home here at UMBC!

 

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 2021.

We are extremely impressed with all the applications we received. We are excited for the students who have already committed to being a retriever and look forward to many more students joining them!

Still, have a few questions about UMBC or want to visit before May 1st? Come on in or give us a call, we are happy to help!

We look forward to meeting everyone at Summer Orientation!

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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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Birthdays and Retriever Days!

That’s right everyone. Today we celebrate UMBC’s 50th birthday!

On September 19th, 1966 UMBC first opened its doors to its first students and it has been such a wonderful 50 years for our amazing institution. This past weekend was the 50th celebration weekend that we had been preparing for and it couldn’t have been any better!From reunions and food, to fireworks and puppies. Yes, puppies! See Pictures here 🙂

Even though this birthday weekend has passed, that does not mean we are done celebrating! This is a year-long celebration and all students, staff, and faculty will continue to share the awesomeness that is UMBC with you all!

One way to experience all that UMBC has to offer is by coming to our first Retriever Day of the Fall! This Saturday, September 24th, 2016 we are hosting our Saturday Retriever Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about UMBC, tour our campus, chat with members of our community, and much more.

You can register online by visiting: http://undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit.

 

Hope to see you there!! 🙂

We’re Coming to Your City!

Cue Big and Rich music.

 

That’s right! The UMBC admissions counselors are back on the road. For my part, I’ll be travelling in Connecticut, New York, and Delaware out of state and Harford and Carroll Counties in state.

Make sure to check your high school guidance counselor to see when we will be visiting! Also make sure to check local college fairs before you head out to make sure you don’t miss us.

We can’t wait to bring UMBC to YOU!

-ED

Summer Preview Day!!!

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We are less than a month away from one of our favorite events of the year, Summer Preview Day! On Friday, August 5th, students and their families will be able to learn more about admission, financial aid and scholarships, residential life, the Honors College, student activities, and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to go on a tour led by our enthusiastic student guides. If you are a rising high school senior, this is a great event for you to get to know more about UMBC before applying later on in the year.

If you are interested in registering for this event, click here!

After visiting UMBC, you can explore Baltimore by using the Baltimore Collegetown guide.

We look forward to seeing you there! 🙂  As always, follow us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions to stay up to date with the latest information from our office!

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Summer Time is The Perfect Time!

I’m sure many of you are enjoying summer vacation by going to the pool, the beach, or other awesome vacation spots with your family and friends!

Another great thing to do during the summer is…

VISITING UMBC!

 

We are officially back to having daily tours Monday through Friday! You can register for one of our Black and Gold Tours by clicking here.

We are also extremely excited about our Summer Preview Day on August 5th! This is an great day to learn more about UMBC and get many of your questions answered by faculty, staff, and students! You will also have the opportunity to go on a campus tour. To register for this event, click here!

We can’t wait to have you visit our beautiful campus and enjoy all the wonderful things UMBC has to offer.

Don’t forget to follow our social media accounts!

@umbcadmissions

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5 Things With Ed: Find Your Perfect College Edition

Happy 5th of July! Okay, so I missed by a day but it’s time for another 5 things. This post will hopefully help rising juniors and seniors find a college that fits them and their needs and navigate “the process” as many are calling it now.

  1. Do your homework! – I’m not talking about geometry or chemistry here (but still do that type of homework).  There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. You have a ton of options and all that choice can be overwhelming. For many of you, you haven’t had a say in your education to this point. Study up on a variety of schools that offer a few majors that you are interested in. There are a plethora of resources to help you such as the Princeton Review’s College SearchBig Future from the College Board, and US News Best College Search Tool. Check with your high school to see if you have access to Naviance. These will let you sort schools based on size, location, areas of study, cost to attend, and a number of other factors. Make a list of 10 or so colleges to put some additional work into once you have identified them as schools of interest.
  2. Start Local – We need to take some small steps before we really get running. Check out local area universities or colleges on a weekend that you are free. Explore a large, medium, and small school (keep in mind those are all relative to your preference) that are relatively close to home. You may not be interested in that particular school but it can help you gauge the scale of the university and if you would fit in at that university. Try contacting the Admissions Office at the school for tour dates/times.
  3. Attend a College Fair – Chances are, you will have a college fair in your area (or within an hour drive) this coming fall. College admission representatives spend months every fall bringing their universities to you. These fairs are great opportunities to ask a lot of different institutions about your future! Avoid pitfalls though (I may make a future 5 Things about college fairs) but talk to schools you haven’t heard of, gather information, ask questions that will help you past application requirements, and decide if the university requires more of your search time.
  4. Visit “Your Schools” – I really struggled with placement on this list item. Certain students may have this as a last step depending on resources or distance of a university from home. You can do all the research in the world on a school but until you step foot on campus, you will never really know if that place is going to be “home” for the next four years. This is called a lot of different things but most admissions professionals call this “fit.” The feeling a student gets where they are comfortable to study, live, explore, build relationships, and a 1,000 other things. Colleges and universities are a lot like people in the sense that they have different values and views on the world. Taking the time to visit your top universities is a critical step in the college search process.
  5. Pick Your 5 – This piece may be the most important (and I’m stealing it from a colleague of mine). I personally believe the single biggest pitfall in the college search is the concept of a “dream school,” or a single school that you are putting everything into. It creates a lot of negativity in the search where other schools are treated like inferior options and are in some cases labeled “safety schools.” The alternative I recommend is getting a “Fit Five” or five schools that you would be more than happy to attend if you are accepted and the schools financially work with your circumstances. These five schools can look very different as well, academically, socially, physically, and geographically. That is perfectly fine. It allows you, as a student, to focus your time, effort, and energy on a selection of schools that are manageable to visit, contact the admissions officer, plan a visit, and work on the application all while maintain a busy high school life. This approach gives you choice while avoiding a lot of the negativity associated with the college search process.

So this has been a bit longer winded than most 5 Things but I sincerely hope it helps. As always, you are welcome to contact us at UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any question. Leave a comment below if you have questions or if you would like me to write about a specific topic for a future “5 Things With Ed.”

 

Happy belated Independence Day and enjoy this wonderful week!

-ED

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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

-Ed

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.

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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!

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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,

Gaby 🙂