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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission to UMBC

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation encourages well-qualified students seeking a competitive academic environment to explore the many opportunities available at UMBC.

The Undergraduate Prospectus and Application for Admission, as well as other publications, are available online at undergraduate.umbc.edu or by contacting:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation:

UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250

410-455-2292, admissions@umbc.edu

First-Year Admission

The Admissions Committee weighs several factors in making its decisions. In addition to high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores, the strength of the applicant’s curriculum, class rank, and other achievements are considered. An essay is required and two letters of recommendation, based upon the order in which they are received, are reviewed in the evaluation process. Submitting official SAT scores or ACT scores are optional for all first-year applicants attending high school or homeschooled in the United States.

For prospective first-year students, application for admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • Completion of the Application for Undergraduate Admissions
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee
  • An official copy of the student’s current high school transcript
  • Official SAT scores, reported to UMBC by the College Board (UMBC’s CEEB code is 5835); students submitting ACT scores should have them sent by ACT (UMBC’s ACT code is 1751). Test scores are optional for applicants.
  • A final high school transcript to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation by the high school upon graduation

First-Year Admission Application Deadlines

Fall admission:

  • Early Action - November 1
  • Regular Decision - February 1

Spring admission:

  • Regular Decision - December 1

Early Action

UMBC’s Early Action Program provides an opportunity for strong candidates to receive full consideration for admission, scholarship, and financial aid. In addition, the Early Action Program allows students interested in UMBC’s various scholars programs (Center for Women in Technology, Cyber, Humanities, Linehan Artist, Meyerhoff, Sherman Teacher, and Sondheim Public Affairs) a chance to explore these opportunities fully, as well as the Honors College and other programs and majors with selective admission requirements. Early Action applicants will be given priority notification of their admission decision. Early Action is a non-binding application program. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1 to confirm their enrollment.

High School Preparation

UMBC expects applicants to have completed a strong college preparatory program of study from an accredited high school. The minimum program of study should include:

  • English: four years
  • Mathematics: four years
  • Social science/history: three years
  • Science: three years
  • Language other than English: two years

Students planning to major in mathematics, engineering, computer science, or other science areas are strongly encouraged to include trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus in the four years of mathematics.

Home-Schooled Applicants

UMBC welcomes applications from students who have been home-schooled. Applicants should submit transcripts, if available, curriculum vitae describing course content, instructional materials, and an evaluation of the student’s work in addition to the admission application, essay, and optional test scores. The evaluation should describe course objectives and may include a traditional letter or numerical grades or a narrative assessment of the applicant’s progress.

Early Enrollment for High School Students

UMBC offers early enrollment opportunities for academically advanced students who wish to begin their college careers early.

Early Admission

Early admission is available to those students who have exhausted their high school options and would like to enroll full-time as degree-seeking students. Applicants must meet the university’s regular admission requirements. A letter of recommendation and permission from the applicant’s high school is also required. Applicants for early admission must interview with the Admissions Committee.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is available for academically strong students who wish to enroll part-time while still attending high school.  Applicants typically exceed the university’s average first year student profile. A letter of recommendation and permission to enroll from the applicant’s high school is also required.

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are evaluated by the Admissions Committee on the basis of their academic record at their previous institution(s). Cumulative grade point average, the strength of the curriculum, and performance in courses related to the applicant’s intended area of study are considered. Applicants must be in good standing at the institution from which they seek to transfer.

For prospective transfer students, application for admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • Completion of the Application for Undergraduate Admissions
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official college transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended. Transcripts should be sent by the registrar of each institution to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.
  • A final transcript to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation upon the completion of any coursework in progress.

Admissions materials for all admitted students will be used for transfer merit scholarship consideration. A separate application is not required.

For applicants with fewer than 30 college credits, an official high school transcript is required along with the option to submit  SAT or ACT test scores.

Transfer Admission Application Deadlines

Fall admission:

  • Priority - March 1 (for scholarship consideration)
  • Regular - June 1

Spring admission:

  • Priority - October 15 (for scholarship consideration)
  • Regular - December 1

Transfer Credit Policies

“In Maryland, a student may be able to progress from one segment of the public higher education system to another without loss of time or duplication of courses. To help accomplish this, Maryland’s public colleges and universities follow certain statewide policies.” For detailed information please review the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Student Guide to Transfer among Maryland Colleges and Universities.

Specific to UMBC, the Policy on the Awarding of Undergraduate Transfer Credit articulates the standards for the assessment and awarding of undergraduate transfer credit including academic credit for coursework earned at other institutions, competency-based education, and military training, experience, education, and coursework.

The Universities at Shady Grove

UMBC offers the final two years of study for the bachelor of arts in history, political science, psychology, social work, and for the bachelor of science in computer science, translational life science technology, and mechanical engineering at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Students must complete the lower-level course requirements at another college or university. Applicants for the Shady Grove programs are evaluated on the basis of their academic record at previous institutions, including cumulative grade point average, academic performance trend, the strength of curriculum, and performance in courses related to the intended area of study.

Additional information or application is available by contacting the UMBC-Shady Grove Program Coordinator at shadygrove@umbc.edu, visiting the UMBC at Shady Grove website, or calling UMBC-Shady Grove at 301-738-6081.

Maryland Community College Articulated Transfer Programs

The Articulated Transfer Programs (ATP) provides a list of community college courses that will best prepare students for UMBC’s course of study. Transfer students with acceptable grades in courses specified in the UMBC Articulated Transfer Program Guide are assured transfer with no loss of credit. These program guides are available in the transfer advisors’ offices at all Maryland community colleges or via the web at ARTSYS.

International Student Admission

For prospective international students who will be attending UMBC on an F1 Visa an application for admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • Completion of the Application for Undergraduate Admissions
  • An official or attested copy of the current high school transcript/academic record including an English translation, if necessary
  • Official results of state/national secondary school examinations
  • Official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Proficiency Test, Cambridge English Qualification, or SAT (evidence-based reading writing section). Qualified exceptions are listed here.
  • A $75 nonrefundable application fee
  • A final transcript/leaving certificate upon completion

Students who have attended college or university outside the United States must have a course-by-course credential evaluation prepared by one of the following:

Education Credential Evaluators

Educational Perspectives 

Foreign Credentials Service of America

World Education Services

Another Evaluation Service recognized by NACES

In addition to the application procedures outlined above, students who will need an F1 visa will need to submit the following to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) after they have been offered admission:

  • A Statement of Financial Support signed by the student’s sponsor, certifying that the sponsor will be responsible for the student’s expenses while enrolled at UMBC
  • A bank statement, documenting sufficient funds of at least US $47,000
  • International students who are already attending a high school, university or English language school in the United States must also provide a copy of their current SEVIS I-20 and a copy of their I-94 verifying their current visa. Students in the process of changing from one visa category to another should provide copies of all documentation that has been submitted to and received from the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service)
  • Copy of the bio (picture) page of their passport

International Admission Application Deadlines

International students are strongly encouraged to apply at least six (6) months prior to their intended enrollment date.  Applicants are always welcome to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation with questions.

English Proficiency

Incoming students should be able to read, speak, write, and understand English fluently. Unless otherwise notified, all non-native English speakers will have to submit an official record of TOEFL, IELTSDuolingo English Proficiency, or Cambridge English Qualification tests of English proficiency prior to admission.

TOEFL examination dates and information may be obtained through the TOEFL website. Results will be reported to UMBC by indicating UMBC R-5835 on the exam form.

If the TOEFL score falls below 80 (internet-based), the IELTS score falls below 6.5, and/or the Duolingo score falls below 105, the student should consider full-time enrollment in the English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI offers a variety of academic and professional English language learning programs in a cross-cultural setting to professionals and students who have a wide range of learning goals. Students who need intensive English language development should apply directly to the ELI for full-time English language study. ELI students have access to all student services: health services, residential life, dining halls, the Women’s Center, the Learning Resources Center, and many more. ELI courses, activities, and advising help students become self-confident communicators both within the university and U.S. society. Students can contact ELI for information and an application form.

Email: eli@umbc.edu
Web: ELI website
Telephone: 410-455-2831
Fax: 410-455-1115

Sufficient Funding

International students are not eligible for federal, state, or institutional financial aid programs, and cannot rely on employment while in the United States. Therefore, the student must be able to provide documentation they have a sufficient and continued source of funding (at least US $47,000 per year) from a parent, spouse, sponsor, or themself. International students may find information about sources for assistance at the International Students page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Non-Degree Seeking Student Admission

Non-degree students are individuals who intend on taking courses over multiple terms but do not intend to seek a particular degree. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for financial aid or Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. International students on F1 visas are eligible for admission as non-degree students if they have permission from their host institution or are on practical training.

The Non-degree Seeking Student Application for Admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • Completion of the Non-degree Seeking Student Application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • College transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended (Unofficial records are considered)
  • If fewer than 30 semester hours of college coursework have been completed, the applicant also must submit a high school transcript (unless the applicant has been out of high school three years or more).

Visiting students are students who wish to enroll at UMBC for only one term, such as the summer or winter session.

While transcripts are not required for visiting student admission, some instructors may request an unofficial transcript if the course has pre-or co-requisite requirements.

Change of Status to Degree-seeking

Once admitted as a non-degree seeking student, students may be considered for degree-seeking status for a subsequent semester. An undergraduate application for degree-seeking status and official credentials must be submitted by the application deadline for first-year and transfer student admission.

Golden ID Program

The Golden ID Program permits eligible Maryland residents to enroll in UMBC undergraduate and graduate courses at little cost. Refer to the “Tuition and Fees” section of the catalog for specific fees applicable to the Golden ID program. Applicants must be eligible Maryland residents who are 60 years of age or older and must be retired or working no more than 20 hours a week. Program participants may enroll as degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation by the regular deadlines for each semester.

Readmission and Reinstatement of Former UMBC Students


Students previously enrolled at UMBC as undergraduates who have interrupted continuous registration for two or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students must have been in good academic standing at the end of the last semester attended. The deadline for submitting a readmission application and all related material is two business days before the start of the term. Students are encouraged to apply early and all university debts must be settled by the appropriate deadlines. Official transcripts from all institution(s) attended since last enrolled at UMBC must be submitted.


Students who were not in good academic standing or who were academically suspended or dismissed at the end of the last semester enrolled at UMBC must apply for reinstatement. All applications for reinstatement must be submitted by the stated reinstatement deadlines and are subject to Academic Actions and Reinstatement Committee review.

When applying for reinstatement, applicants must submit an academic plan of action, which must be completed with the academic advisor’s assistance. Official transcripts from all institution(s) attended since last enrolled at UMBC must be submitted.

In cases of suspension or dismissal, it is the Academic Actions and Reinstatement Committee’s expectation that successful academic work completed elsewhere subsequent to suspension from UMBC will be presented for consideration. Additional pertinent information may be submitted at the applicant’s discretion, such as medical documents and letters of recommendation. Any university debts must be settled before registering for class.

If suspended at the end of the fall semester, students may attend the winter session without applying for reinstatement but are ineligible to attend UMBC in the spring semester. Similarly, if suspended at the end of the spring semester, students may attend the summer session immediately following without applying for reinstatement, but are ineligible to attend UMBC in the fall semester. Suspended students who have been away from UMBC for at least one semester may submit an application for reinstatement and should do so by the published deadline for maximum consideration by the Academic Actions and Reinstatement Committee.

Compliance Statement

In compliance with the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation will provide information regarding UMBC’s graduation statistics, campus security policies, and crime statistics upon request.

Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Maryland state law requires that students residing in University housing be vaccinated against meningitis.

Meningococcal disease refers to any illness caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. These illnesses are often severe, can be deadly, and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best protection against meningococcal disease. Vaccination can be obtained at one’s primary care provider, many pharmacies, urgent care centers, health department clinics and Retriever Integrated Health. Check your insurance coverage to minimize potential out-of-pocket costs.