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!

Happy Valentines,


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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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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!



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Apply Online By Valentines- What You Need to Know About UMBC’s FAFSA Deadline

There are so many things to look forward to as we begin the month of February- The Superbowl, Valentine’s Day, and UMBC’s 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!


Applying to UMBC as a Transfer Student

I’ve spent a lot of hours over the past few months reviewing applications for students who are interested in UMBC.  I have looked at more high school transcripts than I can count.  I’ve seen SAT scores, letters of recommendation and essays as far as the eye can see.  However, with the passing of our Regular Decision deadline, I am beginning to see more applications for transfer students.  You may already be aware, but UMBC has a substantial transfer population.  I’ve mentioned in a previous posting that approximately 1, 100 transfer students begin at UMBC each year.

If you are interested in applying to UMBC as a transfer student it is not too late (nor is it too early).  UMBC has two deadlines for transfer students; a March 15th deadline (priority), and a May 31st deadline.  In order to apply as a transfer student you must submit a transfer application, pay the $50 application fee, and submit official college transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions.  We also ask that students who have earned less than 30 college credits at the time of applying submit their official high school transcripts and SAT and/or ACT scores.

“How many credits do I need before I can transfer?”  Great question!  We allow students to transfer to UMBC after just one full time semester at another institution.  If you have at least 14 transferable college credits (academic classes at the 100-level or higher) you can be considered a transfer student.  We also typically like to see that transfer students have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in their college coursework.

Valentines Day is also coming up soon and while that may mean chocolates and stuffed bears to some, here at UMBC it means business.  Okay, well Valentines Day might mean chocolate for some here at UMBC, but it is also the day the FAFSA is due.  Even though our deadline for transfer students is later in the semester, I suggest submitting your FAFSA to UMBC now if you want to be considered for need-based aid.

As always, feel free to let us know if you have questions.  Have a great weekend!

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Despite all the craziness that I’m sure is happening during your senior year, I’m going to add yet another item to the list. I’m sure right now you’re all swamped with applications, essays, finals, jobs, extracurriculars, and about anything else I can imagine, but in the midst of all those things comes a very important item for any college bound young person…FAFSA! The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and it is a must complete form for anyone wanting to be considered for financial aid in college. The FAFSA form is available to fill out online at and I certainly suggest completing the form online instead of the hard copy. When you fill the FAFSA out online you will be walked through all the steps and if you did need to go back and correct any information, it is quite easy to do. As a student, you will need to fill out the FAFSA with your parent, and both you and your parent will need a pin number for the online form.

The FAFSA is due to UMBC by February 14th so we use the phrase “Apply Online by Valentine’s” to make it easy to remember. For more information on the FAFSA and UMBC (including our FAFSA code and a link to the website) please visit the following webpage: And as always, please feel free to contact us here at the Undergraduate Admissions Office with any questions you may have.

Take care!