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!


February 1: Regular Decision Deadline

It has been far too long since I have posted here on the Admissions Counselors’ blog, and I apologize, but I did want to do a quick post to remind all Fall 2009  Freshmen applicants that the Regular Decision deadline is February 1.  We don’t have to have your application in our office by February 1, we simply ask that the application and your other required credentials be postmarked by the first.  So, again as a reminder, we need your Undergraduate application, official high school transcripts, official SAT and/or ACT scores, and your essay.  We don’t require letters of recommendation but you may send them, but please limit the number of letters you send to two.   If you are a transfer student applying for the Fall ’09 semester we are currently accepting applications, and the deadlines are March 15 (priority) and May 31 (final).

For those who have already submitted your application for Regular Decision (and your application is complete), and for those applicants who were deferred from Early Action to Regular Decision, you can expect to receive a decision letter from our office in the mail around mid-February.

I would also like to wish our current students and new Spring students good luck with their upcoming semster.  Classes start this coming Monday, January 26, and we hope you have a great semester.  Have a great weekend!