Umbc Application Essay

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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.

International Freshmen (First-time University Study)

Students who have completed their high school or secondary education and who have not yet begun studies at the university level should apply to UMBC for freshman admission. U.S. citizens or permanent residents should follow the instructions below, but do not need to provide financial support documentation. Students currently on an F-1 visa or planning to apply for an F-1 student visa to attend UMBC should complete all of the following steps.

Application Requirements

Admission to UMBC is quite competitive. We are looking for students who are academically well prepared and serious about their education. Students must have strong English language skills and have a good understanding of the challenges and excitement that living in a new culture can bring.

You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and have strong marks. Other criteria may be considered as appropriate. Freshmen who wish to be considered for merit scholarships must sit for the SAT. Otherwise, students educated overseas do not need to sit for the SAT.

Please submit an official or attested copy of your secondary school academic record showing courses and grades received; mark sheets; examination results; and/or leaving results, as appropriate for the country's educational system. All documents must be translated to English. Translations must be as literal as possible, with no attempt to translate information into the U.S. educational system.

Candidates for freshman admission must submit the following:

  1. A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admissions Application
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  2. A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. An official or attested copy of your current high school transcript/academic record including an English translation.
  4. Official results of completion of state/national secondary school examinations.
  5. For scholarship consideration, official SAT scores forwarded to UMBC by the Educational Testing Service or official ACT scores sent by ACT. (The UMBC College Board code is 5835, and UMBC’s ACT code is 1751.)
  6. A final high school transcript/leaving certificate upon completion of your senior year.
  7. All non-native English speakers must submit official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language System (IELTS).
    Score Recommended for Admission:
    • TOEFL (Internet Based): 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading Writing section: 500
  8. Results will be reported to UMBC by indicating our code, UMBC R-5835.

For IELTS examination dates and information visit ielts.org.


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.

Students Applying for an F-1 Visa Must Submit the Following Documents:

  • A photocopy of your passport.
  • Funding Documents:
    • A letter of support (you may use the form provided) from your parents or financial sponsor to the effect that he or she is willing and able to provide U.S.$39,363 for each year of study;
    • A bank statement that verifies that the individual(s) providing your support has the U.S. $39,363 on deposit.
  • TOEFL or IELTS results for English proficiency (required for non-native English speakers).
  • Photocopies of both your current visa I-20 form and your I-94 form (for students currently studying in the U.S.).
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