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!


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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!




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).


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!


New Student Day 2015

Hello my Future Retrievers,

I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me; it’s been a little busy in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. But, I am back with some exciting news!

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This upcoming Saturday we are welcoming all Fall 2015 admitted students to the House of Grit, better known as UMBC!  Our New Student Day event invites students to experience our beautiful campus. This event allows us to not only celebrate your admission to UMBC, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the University.

This day is full of activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have the chance to attend information sessions, meet current and newly admitted UMBC students, take a walking tour of the campus, and cheer the Retrievers to victory in lacrosse!

If you have not registered for this event yet, please do so by clicking here. You definitely do not want to miss out!

We are excited to see all of you on Saturday. Remember if you take any selfies about the event or at the event, be sure to use the hashtag UMBCadmit!


Christine 🙂


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!

Summer Preview Day on August 2

Summer is great for many things- vacations, hanging out by the pool, working that summer job, sleeping in all hours of the morning, spending time with friends.  I’m sure many high school students are off enjoying their summer break without a care in the world, and heck, I don’t blame you!  But amongst all that free time there are also a lot of rising high school seniors thinking about their college choices.  Summer can be a chance to make a few college visits and get the admissions process rolling.

At UMBC if you’re looking to make a summer visit a great opportunity to do so would be at a Summer Preview Day.  During our Summer Preview Day you’ll have a chance to take a walking tour of the campus, attend sessions on academic resources and students life and speak with staff from various departments across campus.  You can register online if you’re interested in attending.  Looking forward, if you’ll be a high school senior I also suggest attending one of our Fall Visit Days (beginning in October) for a chance to learn more about UMBC and to even sit in on classes.

If the Summer Preview Day doesn’t work in your schedule consider scheduling a campus tour.  And as always, feel free to contact our office if you have questions.  Take care stay cool in the heat!

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!