Hey Juniors, We’d Love To See You!

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all excited and keeping warm as we prepare for this winter weather here on the east coast! Not to fear, Spring will be here soon enough.

One of our favorite Spring time events is our Just For Juniors day! We put on this event for those students who are preparing to apply to UMBC in the near future. It is a wonderful way to connect with UMBC faculty, staff, and current students. You’ll have the chance to learn more about the application process, financial aid, take a tour, and so much more!

So when is this event  you may ask?!

Saturday, April 1, 2017!

You can register online by visiting http://undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit/upcoming-events.php.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Gaby

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Shout out to juniors!

While visiting a high school this morning, I was reminded that it’s that time of year when high school seniors, having heard back from colleges, are making their decisions about where they will be attending in the fall. Meanwhile, juniors are just beginning the college search. So, congratulations seniors and we hope UMBC is the place for you! But this is a shout out to the juniors, who are about to embark on a ride full of standardized tests, road trips, and open houses. Here are a few tips for beginning your college search!

1. Do some online searching

College Board will be your best friend for the next two years, starting with the actual search. It has a great search engine where you can filter categories that are important to you and provide you with colleges that match! It will also be the place where you register for the SAT or ACT—save the dates now!

2. Plan a visit

Once you’ve made your list, go to the schools’ websites to see when they offer campus tours or visit days. You’re about to spend money and four years somewhere—you should try it on before committing.

3. Check the requirements

Schools will list their admissions requirements on their website and you can start preparing now. Find out if the school uses Common Application; if it does, you could create your account—even start your essay! But most importantly, learn the deadlines!

4. Make an application plan

A lot of people don’t realize that you don’t have to apply to every school that’s out there—for one thing it can get expensive. Decide for yourself, and maybe with your parents, just how many applications you’re going to submit. Then, possibly after visiting, make the final list.

5. Attend Just for Juniors! (and sophomores too!)

On March 29, UMBC will host its annual Just for Juniors, a day that provides juniors and sophomores with an introduction to the college search with workshops, panels, and tours that will help you sort through the process.

You might go through these steps a few times as your list grows and shrinks, and that’s okay—it’s a long process—but hopefully having them will help you along the way.

See you at Just for Juniors!

Just for Juniors is this Saturday!

Wow, I have totally been a stranger on the blog lately! My apologies for that, we’ve been hard at work in the Admissions Office with our incoming freshmen and transfer classes. The priority deadline for our transfer applicants was March 15 and we’re working to process and review those applications. As a reminder, our final deadline for fall 2011 transfer applications will be May 31.

In the admissions world this time of year also starts a new admissions cycle. This means that in addition to working with our incoming class we’ve also begun meeting with prospective fall 2012 students! If you’re a high school junior you’ve  probably been hearing about college fairs from your counselors and some of you have been making visits to universities as well. This is an excellent time for juniors to be gathering information about colleges and universities and really trying to decide what schools they see as the right “fit.” There are many things to consider when choosing a college but my advice is to not focus just on the name of the school or some ranking. Dig deeper, learn about a school’s community and their values, and take time to reflect on yourself as well to determine some of your goals.

If you’re currently a high school junior or sophomore and are looking for an opportunity to learn more about UMBC I recommend attending Just for Juniors this Saturday, April 2. This program is a chance to meet faculty, staff and students and learn more about the UMBC experience. Registration can be found online (click on Just for Juniors above). Look forward to seeing you!