Financial Aid Packages Are on the Way!

Hello Future Retrievers,

We know you have a lot to decide prior to the May 1st deadline. As a reminder, you will now be able to check your myUMBC account to view your Financial Aid Awards. If you have any issues locating your package, please click here.

This is such an exciting and nerve racking time for you and your families, and we want to help you in any way we can! If you have any additional questions about your financial aid package, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor.

Don’t know who your Financial Aid Counselor is? Click here to find out!

I look forward to meeting all of you at New Student Day!

Best,

Christine

Welcome Back!

The shining sun and cool air greeted our students on their first day of classes, today. Winter break has ended and it is time for our old and new students to get started on their next semester.

Although classes are back in session, that doesn’t mean the fun of winter break has ended. We kick off each semester with Welcome Week. Welcome week is filled with games, activities, and socials so our new students can get acclimated to campus and build friendships.Students are really looking forward to our Big Breakfast and Bingo on Friday night and our super bowl party on Sunday, among other events. A lot of our new transfer students enjoy Tuesday mornings because Off-Campus Student Services hosts a warm delicious breakfast. A fun new activity taking over campus this week is #UMBCsquirrles.

#UMBCsquirrels will connect our students this first week through the art of memes. They are tasked with creating illustrations and memes of what the squirrels think and do around campus. I can’t wait to see what our students create!

Our admissions office is happy to have students back on campus. With the new semester, our counselors are busy reading fall applications and planning our spring travel. We cannot wait to have all of you on campus next year!

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Have a great semester!

Elizabeth

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Retriever Day Round Two!

Happy Wednesday! We’re half way through the week, and I don’t know about you but I’ve been looking forward to Friday since last Friday! 😀

In case you missed our first Retriever Day, NOT TO WORRY. We have two more coming up this Fall. The next one is this Friday, October 14th! Some of you may have the day off school, so what better way to spend your day off than a morning at UMBC?!

These weekday Retriever Days are awesome because you will have the opportunity to check out a class at UMBC. We’ll have a couple of options for you and you can take your pick! We’ll also be offering different workshops, tours, and an opportunity to have conversations with faculty, staff, and students. To see a sample agenda of the day, click here!

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER! Head over to undergraduate.umbc.edu/visit to register online.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to our office at 410-455-2292 or via e-mail at admissions@umbc.edu if you have any questions.

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Gaby

 

 

HOMECOMING IS HERE!!!

We are sending the Fever to all of our Future Retrievers because it is our Homecoming Week!!! We are continuing our 50th celebration with a slew of Homecoming events from now until Sunday, October 9th! Because I love you guys, I provided a list of the events below :-).homecoming

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

Homecoming Bonfire
7 p.m., Erickson Field
Join the campus for this Homecoming tradition!  Get ready for great food, fire, and giveaways.  Exact start time based on our friends in the fire department!

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. ceremony
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building
Each year, the UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni and faculty for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the UMBC community are invited to join us in celebrating the 2016 alumni award winners. Learn more and register.

Women’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell
7 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

Talent Show
9 p.m.-11 p.m., University Center Ballroom
Join us as UMBC’s talented students take the stage!  Interested in signing up? Email studentevents@umbc.edu by October 3, 2016, for more information. Space is limited!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Volleyball Game
5 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Spread some Retriever pride by cheering on the Volleyball team at their game against Albany.

Retriever Rally
9 p.m. – 10 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Pack the RAC and show your Retriever Pride!  Tons of freebies, food, t-shirts, games, and the introduction of this year’s basketball teams. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Retriever Dance Marathon
10 p.m. – 2 a.m., University Center Ballroom
Dance to your heart’s content! UMBC will be hosting our second annual Retriever Dance Marathon for the kids! #FTK To sign up your team or donate to a team or individual go to http://www.umbcrdm.site/.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

Homecoming Carnival
1 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Quad
Catch Retriever Fever at a FREE community festival where there is something for everyone! Enjoy rides, inflatables, games, food trucks, arts and crafts, face painters, and an alumni hospitality tent. In the hospitality tent alumni can enjoy refreshments, beer and wine (cash bar for 21 and over only), giveaways and Homecoming t-shirts. Learn more.

UMBC Athletic Alumni Pre-Game Gathering
Noon-2:15 p.m.
Giffen Hill
Join your fellow athletic alumni for an afternoon of fun, including free food, drink, and family activities! Catch up with old friends before watching our Men’s Soccer Team take on UMass Lowell. Learn more and register.

Men’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell
2:30 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

Women’s Volleyball vs. Binghamton
1 p.m.
Retriever Activities Center

Come by and join in on all the festivities. If you are planning to come on Saturday with your families, you will be able to stop by the Undergraduate Admissions for a Self-Guided Tour booklet or access it by clicking here.

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It’s Time to Hit the Road!!!

Hello Future Retrievers,

It’s the time of year where I will be hitting the road again. There have been a few changes in my territory assignments, and I will no longer be traveling to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I won’t be able to walk through Kobe Bryant’s shrine at Lower Merion High School nor will I leisurely be able to walk on Princeton’s campus and feel like I’m at Hogwarts (secretly hoping I would run into Harry Potter).

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But, I am truly excited about my new territories! If you are a student attending a school in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore County you might see me walking down your hall ways or at your local/regional college fair. Feel free to sign up and come chat with me about ALL the possibilities you could have as a Retriever if you see our UMBC poster hanging in your school’s Guidance Office/ College Career Center.

I can’t wait for this new adventure, and I hope to see you all soon!!!

Follow us on our social media accounts @UMBCadmissions to see what‘s going on with the UMBC Admissions Counselors while we are on the road!

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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?

Be UNIQUE, be YOU!

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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Summer Preview Day!!!

UMBC True Grit!

We are less than a month away from one of our favorite events of the year, Summer Preview Day! On Friday, August 5th, students and their families will be able to learn more about admission, financial aid and scholarships, residential life, the Honors College, student activities, and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to go on a tour led by our enthusiastic student guides. If you are a rising high school senior, this is a great event for you to get to know more about UMBC before applying later on in the year.

If you are interested in registering for this event, click here!

After visiting UMBC, you can explore Baltimore by using the Baltimore Collegetown guide.

We look forward to seeing you there! 🙂  As always, follow us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions to stay up to date with the latest information from our office!

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How Neat Is That?!

Happy Monday Everybody!

One of the many unique aspects of UMBC is how much our students, faculty and staff value cross-disciplinary collaboration. There are endless possibilities for students to explore other areas of study outside of their own.

One wonderful example of this is the result of a new course introduced this past Spring 2016 dedicated to “prepare students for careers requiring interdisciplinary, team-based approaches to creative projects” (UMBCNews, 2016).

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Image by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

The “Designing and Developing Effective Mobile Applications” class brought together the Visual Arts, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering departments to help students create their own apps. How cool is that?!

Our wonderful students came up with many incredible apps, from one that silences your phone from ringing during a meeting or an appointment to a fun puzzle game.

You can learn more about the apps and how the class came to be by clicking here!

Can’t wait to see what great things you all will accomplish during your time at UMBC!

 

As always, don’t forget to stay connected with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by following us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions!

 

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‘Tis the Season for Orientation!

Hello all my Retrievers!

 

Today marks the very first day of Summer Freshman Orientation 2016! We are beyond excited to welcome you all to the House of Grit and your new home. We have decked campus out in black and gold for you, the campus is buzzing to meet its newest additions, and the faculty and staff cannot wait to start working with you!

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School spirit is in this Summer Orientation!

So what can you do if you are still waiting for you orientation? Check out all the action on Twitter! @UMBCorientation has the scoop on what’s happening all over campus and be sure to check their hashtags. You can also visit orientation.umbc.edu for many helpful tips and tricks including what to bring, how to connect to the Class of 2020, and meet your OPAs, the Orientation Peer Advisors, at http://orientation.umbc.edu/meet-your-opas/.

Make sure you meet your new classmates, make connections, and get excited for the Fall Semester!

 

On behalf of the entire Retriever Community, welcome to UMBC Class of 2020!

The House of Grit!

Hello all,

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!

If you haven’t already finished school, I’m sure you are counting down the days. For those who have already graduated, CONGRATS!

You should all be very proud of yourselves and more importantly excited that you have completed one milestone and will now be on your way to a new journey this fall! As you will soon learn, UMBC students are well known for their hard work, innovation, diversity, and creativity.

As you prepare yourself for Orientation and starting your first year at UMBC, I encourage you to discover where you fit in The House of Grit.

You may be wondering…what does this mean?! Well…click HERE to find out!

Once you’ve taken the brief survey to determine what kind of Retriever you are, feel free to comment on this post and connect with other future Retrievers!

As always, you can stay up to date and find out what’s going on with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by following us on our social media sites @UMBCadmissions!

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P.S. I am a UNITER!