Umbc Essay Question

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are considered to be students who have competed a minimum of 24 college level credits at an institution of higher education after receiving a high school diploma or a GED. The Admissions Committee evaluates transfer applicants on the basis of their academic record at previous institutions. Cumulative grade point average as calculated by UMBC, academic trends, strength of curriculum, and performance in courses related to the intended area of study are considered. Special consideration for students who complete an associates degree at a Maryland two year institution will be given. Merit-based scholarship consideration will automatically be given to students who submit a completed application prior to the Priority Deadline.

How to Apply for Transfer Admission

  1. Plan Your Transfer. While UMBC does not require specific courses to transfer, there are tasks you can complete prior to transferring that can help shorten your time to graduation.
  2. Complete the Common Application in its entirety.
    Apply Online
  3. Complete the residency questions. This information is located in the Member Questions section for applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  4. Submit the Common Application and $50 non-refundable application fee. You must submit the above sections for UMBC to receive your Common Application. Prior to the deadline, make sure that there are green “complete” checkmarks under the application in your “My Colleges” dashboard under UMBC, and click submit. UMBC does not require submissions of an Academic Evaluator, College Report, Secondary School Final Report, or Midterm Report to complete the transfer application.
  5. Submit official transcripts. Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are required as part of your transfer application. It is the applicant's responsibility to request transcripts from each of their prior colleges.The transcript should be sent directly from the institution to UMBC electronically at admissions@umbc.edu or by mail to the address below after the application is submitted.

    Students who have attended a post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, outside the United States must have a course by course credentials evaluated through. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    Educational Perspectives
    http://www.edperspective.org/
    info@edperspective.org
    312-421-9300

    Foreign Credentials Service of America
    http://foreigncredentials.org/
    info@foreigncredentials.org
    877-553-4285

  6. Request letters of recommendation (optional). Once designated by the applicant, recommenders may submit recommendations electronically through the Common Application. A maximum of two recommendations, based upon the order in which they are received, will be reviewed in the evaluation process.
  7. Applicants applying to the Honors College. Transfer students may apply for admission to UMBC’s Honors College. Students in the Honors College obtain a rich liberal arts experience through honors classes and seminars and enhanced opportunities for research. Please make sure to answer “Yes” to the Honors College question located in the Academics Section of the Member Screen on the Common Application and complete the additional required writing supplement.
  8. Send us an official final high school transcript (optional). If wanting to demonstrate previous course proficiency in a foreign language based upon high school coursework, please submit a final high school transcript. Official high school transcripts are required for applicants with less than 30 college credits.
  9. All supporting documents not submitted electronically can be sent to our office at: UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

Integrity is a value at UMBC. As such, applicants are expected to represent their self in the most true and accurate way. Learn more about academic integrity at UMBC.

Additional Requirements for Visual and Performing Arts Majors
Application Timeline
Plan Your Transfer

Transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits at the time of application must submit:

  • High school transcript. Request an official copy of your transcript sent to UMBC from your high school.
  • Standardized test scores. If you graduated high school within the past three years, you must have the appropriate testing agency send us your results from the SAT I or the ACT. The UMBC College Board code is 5835, and UMBC's ACT code is 1751.

Skip to Main Content





General Questions

  1. How can I visit UMBC?
    UMBC offers a number of ways for prospective students and families to connect with UMBC faculty, students and admissions counselors. UMBC offers Black and Gold Tours and Information sessions most weekday and many Saturdays. To learn more about our visit options, please click here.
  2. Where is the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions located?
    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation is located in the Albin O. Kuhn Library (pondside). Designated Admissions visitor parking is available in the Administration Drive parking garage. Overflow metered parking, which requires quarters, is also available in the Administration Drive parking garage, as shown on the campus map.
  3. How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?
    UMBC offers a range of financial aid and payment options so that all students may benefit from a UMBC education. Student may apply for need-based financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may also be considered for general merit scholarships by meeting priority admissions application deadlines. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships Website.
  4. Who should I speak with if I have additional questions?
    The UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may contact our office via phone (410-455-2292) or online, or by visiting in person. You can also visit our Website to connect with your Admissions Counselor.

Freshmen Application Questions

  1. How do I apply for admission?
    UMBC is a member of the Common Application. To apply for admission, you must submit the completed Common Application, a $50 application fee, official high school transcripts, and official SAT and/or ACT scores. A maximum of two letters of recommendation will also be accepted.
  2. What do you consider when reviewing my application for freshmen admissions?
    The Admissions Committee weighs a number of factors in making its decision. In addition to grade point average and standardized test scores, the strength of your curriculum, class rank and other achievements as well as your essay will be considered.
  3. How can I check the status of my application?
    Once your application is processed, an acknowledgement e-mail is sent to the email address listed on your Common App which includes instructions on how to create a myUMBC account. Once you’ve created your myUMBC account you will be able to monitor the status of your application.
  4. When can I expect to receive my decision?
    Students who apply for our November 1 Early Action deadline will receive a decision notification in the mail in late-December. Applicants for our February 1 Regular Decision deadline will receive decision letters beginning in late-February.
  5. What can I do if I was not offered admission?
    If you are waitlisted or we were unable to offer you admission, please know that this is not the end of your UMBC future. Many students follow different paths in obtaining their college degree and our staff is always willing to assist you in any way they can. Click here to learn more.

Transfer Application Questions

  1. How do I apply for admission?
    UMBC is a member of the Common Application. To apply for admission, you must submit the completed Common Application, a $50 application fee, and official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. It is the applicant's responsibility to request transcripts from each of their prior colleges.
  2. What do you consider when reviewing my application for transfer admission?
    The Admissions Committee evaluates transfer applicants on the basis of their academic record at previous institutions. Cumulative grade point average as calculated by UMBC, academic trends, strength of curriculum, and performance in courses related to the intended area of study are considered.
  3. When can I expect to receive my decision?
    UMBC accepts transfer application for both our Fall and Spring terms. Our Fall deadlines for admission are March 1 (Priority) and June 1 (Regular), and our Spring admissions deadlines are October 1 (Priority) and December 1 (Regular). Applicants can expect a decision notification 3-4 weeks from the time a completed application is received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  4. Can I transfer my credits to UMBC from other colleges or universities?
    Yes, transfer students are able to apply credits from previously attended schools toward their degrees at UMBC. A transfer credit report is provided to students after admission. For additional information on transfer credit policies please click here.
  5. What can I do if I was not offered admission?
    If you were not offered admission to UMBC, you can be considered for another term after completing additional college coursework to improve your academic record. Competitive applicants typically present an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher in all college level coursework.

Additional Information

  1. Does UMBC offer on-campus housing?
    UMBC offers on-campus housing options for both incoming freshmen and transfer students. Freshmen, who are guaranteed on-campus housing, live in one of five residence halls while transfer and upperclass students may apply to live in the residence halls, suites or apartments. For more information, please visit our Residential Life Website.
  2. What services does UMBC offer for Veterans?
    Whether you are a prospective or current student veteran, UMBC Veteran Services can provide assistance with VA education benefits, financial services, and connecting veterans on-campus, among other resources. For more information, please visit our UMBC Veteran Services Website.
  3. Does UMBC offer services or accommodations for students with disabilities?
    The Office of Student Disability Services at UMBC ensures that UMBC students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services, and activities of the University through the provision of accommodations and reasonable modifications that result in equal access and full inclusion. For additional information about available services or requesting accommodations, please click here.
  4. If I have prior disciplinary or criminal history, can I apply for admission to UMBC?
    Previous disciplinary or criminal history does not automatically preclude an applicant from being considered for admission. During the admissions process, applicants with prior disciplinary or criminal history will be asked to schedule an interview with the Office of Student Judicial Programs to discuss the incident(s). For information on the application process, please click here.
  5. If I have prior academic misconduct, can I apply for admission to UMBC?
    Previous academic misconduct does not automatically preclude an applicant from being considered for admission. During the admissions process, applicants with prior or current academic misconduct will be asked to schedule an interview with the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Standards and Policy Administration to discuss the misconduct. Read more on the application process.

0 comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *