Class of 2021, We Need You!

Hello Future Retrievers!

Throughout this upcoming Spring Season, we will be notifying thousands of new Retrievers that they have been accepted as a part of our class of 2021.  I know that you have a lot of decisions to make before May 1st, but in the meantime,  you can join our official Class of 2021 Facebook Group.

This Facebook group is the official group of UMBC Class of 2021. You’ll be able to use this group to connect with your fellow future UMBC Retrievers! Students may request to join after being offered admission. To join, your name on your application must match that of your Facebook profile.

Join now by clicking here! #UMBCadmit

Remember to follow us on all of our social media accounts for the most up to date information!

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Early Action Letter Drop!

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My favorite time of year is here! The moment all of my aspiring Retrievers have been waiting for!

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We are excited to announce that at approximately 3 pm yesterday afternoon, Early Action decision letters were released!

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I want to thank you all for all of your hard work, not only submitting all of your materials by the Early Action deadline of November 1st but for doing well your entire educational career to get you prepared for this moment.

 

This year we had nearly 6,000 Early Action applicants! I  also want to thank our admissions staff for diligently and relentlessly reviewing every completed application file.We appreciate how patient you all have been and the wait is now over!

 

There are two possible decisions you can receive in the mail and I will expand on exactly what they mean:

  1. Early Action

Congratulations! It is a wonderful experience to receive admission to a college or university, and even more exciting if this is your first decision letter.

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Your admissions packet contains a wealth of information about UMBC, Orientation, Student Life, and Living on Campus. Please review each section of the packet. During the spring season, we will be hosting various events, both on and off campus, for newly admitted students. Be on the look-out for those dates in the near future!

You will have until May 1st to submit your enrollment deposit so you have some time to decide on the best fit institution for you. Please contact our office if you have any questions in the meantime.

  1. Deferred

For Early Action review, in addition to offers of admission, we send notifications that an application has been deferred to Regular Decision for further consideration. This does not mean you have not been admitted! If you receive a deferral letter, do not be discouraged. This year we had an influx of applications, making Our Early Action review even more competitive. We will begin sending Regular Decision letters in late February. As always, please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions!

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Once again, thank you for all of your applications! We truly enjoyed reading them and getting to learn a little more about our future Retrievers!

We encourage you to share your excitement with family, friends, and on social media using our hashtag #UMBCadmit! You never know, you might see yourself on one of our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us @UMBCadmissions!

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What Happens Now?

Hello all!

I’d like to begin by apologizing for our small hiatus. It’s been a busy time in the world of Admissions! But fear not…WE’RE BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE BLOG POSTS!

I also would like to congratulate all of those high school seniors on meeting our November 1st deadline. I’m sure it is a huge relief to have gotten your applications submitted. Now you may be wondering…what happens now?

All of you who applied should have received a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to check your application status. This is a great way to stay up-to-date with your application and I recommend that you check it regularly. We are in the process of reviewing all of your applications and we are excited to see so many great applicants!

If you have any specific questions during this time, don’t hesitate to reach out! We have started our live twitter chats which is another great way to be connected with us.

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Until next time!

Gaby

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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It’s Travel Season!

I’m so excited to begin Recruitment Travel once again this year! I had a great time last year getting to meet to many of you and visiting your beautiful schools and home towns.

Here’s I picture I took last year when I was in VA Beach!

This year I will have the pleasure of visiting many of the same places. Some of which include: Raleigh, Durham, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Virginia Beach! I will also be stopping by several schools in Anne Arundel County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore.

My first day of travel will be this Monday, September 12th and my first stop is North Carolina. If you’ve seen a poster announcing our visit, please be sure stop by!

 

Be sure to stay updated with us by following our social media accounts @UMBCAdmissions.

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Can’t wait to meet you all!

 

 

 

UMBC is One of the Top DAWGS in the Nation!

UMBC has been selected again by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top universities for undergraduate education, featured in its flagship guide, The Best 381 Colleges. Within the 2017 guide, UMBC’s profile highlights the strength of a UMBC education and the university’s commitment to student success with a brilliant location, due to its close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, DC.

If you would like to read more about UMBC being one of the top dawgs in the nation, please click here.

It’s great to be a RETRIEVER!!!

With recruitment travel season coming up, make sure that you follow us on our social media accounts @UMBCadmissions to always find out the latest need-to-know information!

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Summer Preview Day!!!

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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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5 Things With Ed: Find Your Perfect College Edition

Happy 5th of July! Okay, so I missed by a day but it’s time for another 5 things. This post will hopefully help rising juniors and seniors find a college that fits them and their needs and navigate “the process” as many are calling it now.

  1. Do your homework! – I’m not talking about geometry or chemistry here (but still do that type of homework).  There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. You have a ton of options and all that choice can be overwhelming. For many of you, you haven’t had a say in your education to this point. Study up on a variety of schools that offer a few majors that you are interested in. There are a plethora of resources to help you such as the Princeton Review’s College SearchBig Future from the College Board, and US News Best College Search Tool. Check with your high school to see if you have access to Naviance. These will let you sort schools based on size, location, areas of study, cost to attend, and a number of other factors. Make a list of 10 or so colleges to put some additional work into once you have identified them as schools of interest.
  2. Start Local – We need to take some small steps before we really get running. Check out local area universities or colleges on a weekend that you are free. Explore a large, medium, and small school (keep in mind those are all relative to your preference) that are relatively close to home. You may not be interested in that particular school but it can help you gauge the scale of the university and if you would fit in at that university. Try contacting the Admissions Office at the school for tour dates/times.
  3. Attend a College Fair – Chances are, you will have a college fair in your area (or within an hour drive) this coming fall. College admission representatives spend months every fall bringing their universities to you. These fairs are great opportunities to ask a lot of different institutions about your future! Avoid pitfalls though (I may make a future 5 Things about college fairs) but talk to schools you haven’t heard of, gather information, ask questions that will help you past application requirements, and decide if the university requires more of your search time.
  4. Visit “Your Schools” – I really struggled with placement on this list item. Certain students may have this as a last step depending on resources or distance of a university from home. You can do all the research in the world on a school but until you step foot on campus, you will never really know if that place is going to be “home” for the next four years. This is called a lot of different things but most admissions professionals call this “fit.” The feeling a student gets where they are comfortable to study, live, explore, build relationships, and a 1,000 other things. Colleges and universities are a lot like people in the sense that they have different values and views on the world. Taking the time to visit your top universities is a critical step in the college search process.
  5. Pick Your 5 – This piece may be the most important (and I’m stealing it from a colleague of mine). I personally believe the single biggest pitfall in the college search is the concept of a “dream school,” or a single school that you are putting everything into. It creates a lot of negativity in the search where other schools are treated like inferior options and are in some cases labeled “safety schools.” The alternative I recommend is getting a “Fit Five” or five schools that you would be more than happy to attend if you are accepted and the schools financially work with your circumstances. These five schools can look very different as well, academically, socially, physically, and geographically. That is perfectly fine. It allows you, as a student, to focus your time, effort, and energy on a selection of schools that are manageable to visit, contact the admissions officer, plan a visit, and work on the application all while maintain a busy high school life. This approach gives you choice while avoiding a lot of the negativity associated with the college search process.

So this has been a bit longer winded than most 5 Things but I sincerely hope it helps. As always, you are welcome to contact us at UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any question. Leave a comment below if you have questions or if you would like me to write about a specific topic for a future “5 Things With Ed.”

 

Happy belated Independence Day and enjoy this wonderful week!

-ED

‘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!