Decisions are Coming

Hi, Everyone!

Our February 1st deadline has passed and our office is buckled down reading all the completed applications! Reminder our FAFSA application deadline is tomorrow! Be sure to submit the application to be considered for need-based aid.

Submitted an application? Not heard from us? Be sure your application is complete! You can keep up to date with your application status by logging into your myUMBC account. Your account will show if there are any documents needed to complete the review.

Application complete? Anxious on when you will hear? I have good news! We have begun sending out admission decisions for fall 2017. We will be sending out our regular decisions in batches throughout the spring.  Do not worry if you have not heard from us. We will be sending out our next batch of admission decision letters within two weeks. All official admission decisions are sent in the mail. Decisions are being sent to freshman and transfer students.

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If you have any questions regarding your application or admission, please call our office 410-455-2292!

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Getting Ready!

We are officially in the middle of August which means school will be starting again very soon! I’m sure for most of you, this is a bitter sweet feeling.

For those of you who are about to start your senior year of high school, congrats! There are many great things that you have to look forward to during the next year.

One of the many things are…COLLEGE APPS!

And in even more exciting news, our application is live on Common App! This means you are able to go online to and create an account to begin your application.

I welcome all of you to begin this process sooner rather than later. Our Early Action deadline of November 1st will be here before you know it and you don’t want to get stuck last minute with many things to do.

Starting your application now also gives you plenty of time to work on your essay (See Christine’s Post on what to write in your college essay) and have it reviewed by a teacher or counselor. And if you haven’t already done so, start thinking of whom you’d like to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.

If you have any questions about the application process, don’t hesitate to contact our office and ask to speak to a counselor! You can reach us at 410-455-2292 or at We also offer walk-in hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., no appointment needed!


Don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts! @UMBCadmissions



Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Worried About How to Write Your College Essay? We Have Your Back!

The reason colleges and universities require students to write an essay for their admission application is for us to get to know who you are. We want to know what your values are, what your preferred learning style is, and what you would bring to a community of learners.  An essay displays your personality, provides admissions representative insight beyond your grades, and helps determine if you as an applicant will “fit” into our institution’s community.

Here’s exactly what we look for:

  1. Grammar and punctuation

Proof reading is key!

  1. Clear and concise

Please don’t write us a two page essay…:)

  1. Who is this applicant?


Remember to start early by researching your topic, complete an outline and rough draft, develop three parts (introduction, body, conclusion), be specific, get creative, be honest, and edit! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from your peers, friends, and/or mentors.

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I hope this helps make the essay writing process better for all of my Future Retrievers! As always, get the latest news from the Undergraduate Admissions Office by following our social media accounts @UMBCadmissions!!!

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UMBC Common Application Supplement Now Available!

Happy Friday! Just wanted to give an update and let everyone know that the UMBC Common Application supplement is now live! If you are a spring 2013 or fall 2013 applicant you will now be able to submit all parts of your UMBC application. As a reminder, to submit your Common App to UMBC you must click submit on all three parts: 1) application, 2) supplement, and 3) payment.

If you are applying for the spring 2013 term our deadlines are November 1 (priority) and December 15 (final). For fall 2013 freshmen applicants our deadlines are November 1 (Early Action) and February 1 (Regular Decision).

Submitting your Common Application to UMBC

Well, tomorrow is the big day. November 1 is a deadline for many universities, UMBC included. Tomorrow is our Early Action deadline and we’ve certainly received a few phone calls in our office. First, I want to say don’t panic. One thing that can help reduce this panic is to not wait until the last possible moment to submit your application. Second, I want to remind you that you should allow a little time for your application to be processed once it has been submitted. This is connected to the “don’t panic” recommendation. If you see an item listed on your myUMBC checklist keep in mind that we receive a LOT of applications this time of year and it takes us some time to process your application and update your checklist. We’re looking forward to reading your apps!

Another point I want to mention is that you need to make sure you’ve submitted all parts of your Common Application. There are essentially three parts to submit in order for your application to be downloaded by UMBC. You need to submit the application, the supplement, and the payment. Unless all three parts are submitted your application is technically not submitted. If you encounter any technical issues when working on your Common Application you can also click the Help icon at the top of the page.

Good luck to all you Early Action applicants! If you’re applying for Regular Decision keep in mind that the deadline is February 1. Other deadlines to keep in mind are the Honors College (January 15) and the Scholars Programs. Take care!

UMBC Common Application Supplement is Live!

After a brief delay I am pleased to announce that UMBC’s Common Application supplement is now online! All degree-seeking applicants to UMBC (freshmen and transfer) will apply using the Common Application. The Common Application is really fantastic and it allows students to submit all of their application documents electronically. If fact, you should submit all items electronically (if possible). This means that you’ll apply online, electronically send SAT or ACT scores, request that your high school send transcripts using the Common Application and even ask your teachers and counselors to submit their letters of recommendation online.

We’re excited to get out on the road soon and start meeting our new prospective students! Let us know if you have any questions.