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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Playa Dorada, El Salvador

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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We’re back!

Hello all!

We are happy to announce that we are back to our normal business hours! Although the University is open, the first day of classes will be tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th.

I hope everyone stayed safe and warm was able to catch up on work, shows, and much needed sleep!

…and of course, play in the snow! Here’s a picture of my puppy super annoyed because I kept taking pictures instead of letting him play.

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I’d also like to remind everyone that our Regular Decision deadline is February 1st! That is this coming Monday! Make sure you are logging into your myUMBC account to make sure we have all of your application materials.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Take care,

Gaby 🙂

 

The DEADLINE IS COMING!!

Hello Future Retrievers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Break, and with the weather we’re having, enjoyed a couple snow days as well. It is now that time of the year where we are in our first week of classes and our prospective freshmen are continuing to submit their applications for Fall admission.

The regular decision deadline for freshmen applications is in TWO days. On February 1st, we should have all applications submitted. This is not the time to be a procrastinator. Please do not wait until 11:58pm on the date of the deadline date to submit your materials. I know that everyone knows to not rely on technology. Anything can happen!

The admissions office will be devoting their full attention to reviewing all of your applications, so keep sending them our way! Remember to finish your senior year off strong, and cross your fingers for the warm weather to grace our presence again!

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Some Helpful Reminders:                                       

  • Make sure that you see all green checks when submitting your application through the Common Application Portal.
  • Complete the residency questions located in the Member Questions section in its entirety for all applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  • Double check with your guidance counselors to make sure they have sent your official transcripts.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to call the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 410.455.2292
  • DO NOT STRESS! This is an exciting time!rugrats excited

Fall 2014 Regular Decision Letters Sent!

Last week we released the first of our Regular Decision notification letters, and we will continue to mail decision letters on a weekly basis over the coming weeks and months.  If you haven’t received a letter yet, don’t worry!  When you submitted your application, and also when you completed your application file, will affect when you receive a decision letter. Please check your application status through myUMBC and be sure to allow time for processing and To Do List updating.

Many students contact us to ask what their decisions mean.  Regular Decision is the first time we release a range of decisions for fall applicants. With Early Action we admit or defer students, but during Regular Decision we offer admission to some, add others to the wait list, and unfortunately, notify some students that we cannot offer them admission. Below is a brief explanation of the various decisions we render.  Many thanks to my colleague Josh who first developed this guide!

Admitted to UMBC: Congratulations! Being offered admission to a college or university is an exciting experience, especially if this is the first college decision letter you’ve received. In your UMBC admission packet you will find a variety of information about the campus and a future at UMBC. Later in the spring we’ll host several receptions and events, on campus and off, for admitted students to get to know UMBC. May 1 is the national deadline to submit an enrollment deposit so take some time to consider what school will be the best fit for you. Also, feel free to share your decision with friends and family, but keep in mind that not everyone received this decision. If you have questions for us, please let us know.

Wait List: In a way, being placed on the wait list is not a decision at all: you’ve not been offered admission, nor have you been denied admission. We place students on the wait list for further review as we learn more about our enrollment numbers. Essentially, as more students submit their enrollment deposit to UMBC we begin to get a better idea of our incoming class and can determine if we can admit students from the wait list. Additional academic information is welcome from wait list applicants; this can include mid-year grades or additional test scores. We do not assign students a number on the wait list; rather the wait list will be reviewed as a whole when the time comes to begin our review. We don’t have an exact notification date for wait list students but we do our best to send decisions by the end of May.

Not offered admission to UMBC: This, of course, is the hardest decision to receive. Believe it or not, it is also the hardest decision to give. We truly value our applicants but the reality of college admissions is that we cannot admit all of our applicants. In the last few years UMBC has experienced significant growth in our applicant pool, and this larger applicant pool has becoming increasingly competitive. We often see students do two things when they receive this decision: 1) try to compare their application with other students, and 2) try to rack their brains on what they “did wrong” on their application.  We discourage students from trying to do either of these things. First of all, it is very difficult to compare students to one another because we consider each applicant individually. As admissions counselors we have the entire application, and while the exact criteria and review process for applications is kept internal, suffice it to say that we consider many factors.  It is also important to remember that students rarely do something “wrong.” As mentioned earlier, we cannot offer admission to all of our applications.  We only have so much space in our incoming class and as such we have to make the decision not to offer admission to some students. If you’re not offered admission please know that you can still attend UMBC later down the line by transferring.

Next Steps: Plenty of emotions come with receiving decision letters from colleges. We’re very excited to get to know our admitted students over the next few months, and we hope to see you here in the fall. If you were placed on the wait list or not offered admission, please know we are still here as a resource. We’re happy to guide you through the process and clear up any questions you may have. One important note: if you do want to follow up with an application decision, we want to hear from the student. Family members, we appreciate you, but your student should be making the call or sending the email. We know parents want to help, but it’s time for our soon-to-be college students to take control of their education.

All the best,

Dave

Freshman Deadline Approaching

It’s an exciting time of year in UMBC’s Admissions Office.  Winter Session is coming to an end; the Spring semester begins next week; and prospective freshman continue to submit applications for Fall admission.  The regular decision deadline for freshman applications is fast approaching.  On February 1, the Committee will devote its full attention to evaluating these applications.  Like much of the region, we’ve been hit pretty hard by snow and wind this week, but we’ve kept reading and reading.  We hope your semester is going well, and we anxiously look forward to the first signs of the warmer weather to come!

Photo by Callison Sims '13

Photo by Callison Sims ’13.

Fall 2013 Regular Decision Letter Release

As many of you discovered today, we’ve started to release our Regular Decision notification letters. Many of the letters sent Monday were for students who had been deferred from Early Action so don’t fret if you haven’t received a letter from our office yet. We will be sending Regular Decision notification letters on a weekly basis over the next several weeks/months. The timing of when you submitted your application, and also when you completed your application, have an impact on when you will receive your decision letter. Please be sure to check your application status online to ensure that you have completed your application. When checking your status, make sure you allow processing time for your application and online checklist to be updated.

Now a few notes on decision letters. Regular Decision is the first time we start releasing a range of decisions for fall applicants. With Early Action we admit or defer students, but during Regular Decision we are offering admission to some, wait listing others, and unfortunately, notifying some students we cannot offer them admission. Below is a bit of advice on decisions.

Admitted to UMBC: Congratulations! Being offered admission to a college or university is an exciting experience, especially if this is the first college decision letter you’ve received. In your UMBC admission packet you will find a variety of information about the campus and a future at UMBC. Later in the spring we’ll host several receptions and events, on-campus and off, for admitted students to get to know UMBC. May 1 is the national deadline to submit an enrollment deposit so take some time to consider what school will be the best fit for you. Also, feel free to share your decision with friends and family, but keep in mind that not everyone received this decision. If you have questions for us, feel free to get in touch.

Wait List: In a way, being placed on the wait list is a non-decision; you’ve not been offered admission, nor have you been denied admission. We place students on the wait list for further review as we learn more about our enrollment numbers. Essentially, as more students submit their enrollment deposit to UMBC we have a better idea of our incoming class and we can determine if we can admit students from the wait list. Additional academic information is welcome from wait list applicants, this can include mid-year grades or additional test scores. We do not assign students a number on the wait list, the wait list will be reviewed as a whole when we get to the point of reviewing the wait list. I don’t have an exact notification date for wait list students but we do our best to send decisions by the end of May.

Not offered admission to UMBC: This, of course, is the hardest decision to receive. Believe it or not, this is also the hardest decision to give. We truly value our applicants but the reality of college admissions is that we cannot admit all of our applicants. In the last few years UMBC has experienced significant growth in our applicant pool, and this larger applicant pool has becoming increasingly competitive. I often see students do two things when they receive this decision: 1) try to compare their application with other students, and 2) try to rack their brains on what they “did wrong” on their application. I discourage students from trying to do either of these things. For the first point, it is very difficult to compare students to one another because we consider each applicant individually. As admissions counselors we have the entire application, and while the exact criteria and review process for applications is kept internal, suffice it to say that we consider many factors. For the second point, students rarely do something “wrong.” As mentioned earlier, we cannot offer admission to all of our applications. There exists a reality that we only have so much space in our incoming class and therefore, because of numbers, we have to make decisions to not offer admission to some students. If you’re not offered admission please know that you can still attend UMBC later down the line by transferring.

Next Steps: Plenty of emotions come with receiving decision letters from colleges. We’re very excited to get to know our admitted students over the next few months, and we hope to see you here in the fall. If you were placed on the wait list or not offered admission, please know we are still here as a resource. We’re happy to guide you through the process and clear up any questions you may have. One note I would make, if you do want to follow up with an application decision we want to hear from the student. Family members, we appreciate you, but your student should be making the call, sending the email, etc. We know you want to help, parents, but this is a time for your about-to-be-a-college-student to take the reigns.

As always, let us know if you have questions. Take care!

Fall 2012 Regular Decision Notifications

As many of you discovered this weekend, we’ve started to release our Regular Decision notification letters. Many of the letters sent last Friday were for students who had been deferred from Early Action so don’t fret if you haven’t received a letter from our office yet. We will be sending Regular Decision notification letters on a weekly basis over the next several weeks/months. The timing of when you submitted your application, and also when you completed your application, have an impact on when you will receive your decision letter. Please be sure to check your application status online to ensure that you have completed your application. When checking your status, make sure you allow processing time for your application and online checklist to be updated.

Now a few notes on decision letters. Regular Decision is the first time we start releasing a range of decisions for fall applicants. With Early Action we admit or defer students, but during Regular Decision we are offering admission to some, wait listing others, and unfortunately, notifying some students we cannot offer them admission. Below is a bit of advice on decisions.

Admitted to UMBC: Congratulations! Being offered admission to a college or university is an exciting experience, especially if this is the first college decision letter you’ve received. In your UMBC admission packet you will find a variety of information about the campus and a future at UMBC. Later in the spring we’ll host several receptions and events, on-campus and off, for admitted students to get to know UMBC. May 1 is the national deadline to submit an enrollment deposit so take some time to consider what school will be the best fit for you. Also, feel free to share your decision with friends and family, but keep in mind that not everyone received this decision. If you have questions for us, feel free to get in touch.

Wait List: I’ve already received a few phone calls today about this decision. In a way, being placed on the wait list is a non-decision; you’ve not been offered admission, nor have you been denied admission. We place students on the wait list for further review as we learn more about our enrollment numbers. Essentially, as more students submit their enrollment deposit to UMBC we have a better idea of our incoming class and we can determine if we can admit students from the wait list. Additional academic information is welcome from wait list applicants, this can include mid-year grades or additional test scores. We do not assign students a number on the wait list, the wait list will be reviewed as a whole when we get to the point of reviewing the wait list. I don’t have an exact notification date for wait list students but we do our best to send decisions before the May 1 enrollment deadline.

Not offered admission to UMBC: This, of course, is the hardest decision to receive. Believe it or not, this is also the hardest decision to give. We truly value our applicants but the reality of college admissions is that we cannot admit all of our students. In the last few years UMBC has experienced significant growth in our applicant pool, and this larger applicant pool has becoming increasingly competitive. I often see students do two things when they receive this decision: 1) try to compare their application with other students, and 2) try to rack their brains on what they “did wrong” on their application. I discourage students from trying to do either of these things. For the first point, it is very difficult to compare students to one another because we consider each applicant individually. As admissions counselors we have the entire application, and while the exact criteria and review process for applications is kept internal, suffice it to say that we consider many factors. For the second point, students rarely do something “wrong.” As mentioned earlier, we cannot offer admission to all of our applications. There exists a reality that we only have so much space in our incoming class and therefore, because of numbers, we have to make decisions to not offer admission to some students. If you’re not offered admission please know that you can still attend UMBC later down the line by transferring.

Next Steps: Plenty of emotions come with receiving decision letters from colleges. We’re very excited to get to know our admitted students over the next few months, and we hope to see you here in the fall. If you were placed on the wait list or not offered admission, please know we are still here as a resource. We’re happy to guide you through the process and clear up any questions you may have. One note I would make, if you do want to follow up with an application decision we want to hear from the student. Parents, we appreciate you, but your son or daughter should be making the call, sending the email, etc. We know you want to help, parents, but this is a time for your about-to-be-a-college-student to take the reigns.

As always, let us know if you have questions. Take care!

Fall 2011 Regular Decision

Spring classes at UMBC are starting tomorrow and we’re excited to see our new and returning students. January is a busy month around the Admissions Office as we welcome new students and continue to work with our Fall 2011 applicants. The Regular Decision deadline for freshmen for the Fall 2011 term is fast approaching. February 1 is our Regular Decision deadline which means that your application is due very soon. Your application should be submitted through the Common Application or through the online application available on the UMBC Admissions website. Your supporting documents (official high school transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores, etc.) should be post-marked no later than February 1. Please note: Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application! This is really for your own sake. Waiting until the last moment to submit your application causes you stress– what if you have technical issues? what if you have a question? what is your dog eats the piece of paper with your password? I think you get my point.

After your application is submitted please allow time for processing. Your online checklist through your myUMBC account won’t immediately be updated since we work with thousands of applications. Regular Decision applicants can expect to hear from our office regarding their decision starting in mid-February. Again, please allow some time for this process to happen. If you haven’t heard from us by the exact middle of February, don’t panic. Simply make sure you have checked your application status online, and if your application is complete please allow time for your decision letter to arrive.

As always, we’ve really enjoyed reading your applications, keep up the good work!

Regular Decision Notification Letters

The Regular Decision deadline at UMBC has just passed and you are probably curious as to when you will hear back from our office.  The Admissions Office will has begun sending decision letters and will continue to do so over the next several weeks.  Regular Decision applicants with completed applications can expect to hear from our office over the next few weeks, however, if you submitted your application just before the deadline don’t expect to hear back from us next week 🙂  If your application was recently submitted please continue to monitor the status of your application through your MyUMBC account.

Transfer applicants for the Fall 2010 semester still have time to apply.  The priority deadline will be on March 15 and more information about applying can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Visit UMBC November 11th

Our admissions counselors visit hundreds of high schools during each season of recruitment travel.  From Maryland, to Connecticut, to South Korea – our staff does our best to inform students of the #1 Up-and-Coming National University, right here in Catonsville, MD.  Some of our visits to your high school may be your first point of contact with UMBC, but the most important contact will be your visit to us!

On Wednesday, November 11th, we’ll host a Visit Day for prospective freshmen (high school seniors and juniors).  The day will run from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and all are welcome to take tours, attend workshops, sit it on classes, and ask dozens of questions.  If you already applied Early Action, or if you’re still mulling over the application before our Regular Decision deadline of February 1st, a campus visit is absolutely vital.

We may have the perfect academic major (54) to fit your interest.  We may have a national reputation.  We  may have the type of hands-on learning that gets our students jobs when they graduate.  But you don’t have to take my word for it…

Come register and see it for yourself!