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Undergraduate Admissions

Checklist For College Search Process

Junior Year

October
[ ] Take PSAT/NMSQT to prepare for SAT and to be eligible for National Merit Scholarship competition.
January
[ ] Begin to think about which colleges you'd like to explore.
February
[ ] Meet with your school counselor to begin preparing a list of colleges to explore.
[ ] Sign up for March SAT.
[ ] Begin to prepare for SAT or ACT.
March
[ ] Write to colleges on your list and evaluate the literature sent to you. It's time to take the SAT.
[ ] Attend UMBC's Just for Juniors (and Sophomores too) visit day.
April
[ ] When selecting your senior courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself. And plan accordingly; a rigorous, challenging curriculum is important for competitive admissions.
[ ] Continue to evaluate colleges.
[ ] Attend a college fair to get more information about colleges on your list.
May
[ ] Take advanced placement exams (if appropriate).
[ ] Plan visits to colleges during the summer.
July – August
[ ] Visit colleges and take campus tours.
[ ] Attend a UMBC Summer Preview Day.

Senior Year

September
[ ] Sign up for October SAT or October ACT.
[ ] Begin to gather information for applications.
[ ] Meet with your school counselor to review your list of colleges.
[ ] Plan visits to colleges (if you didn't get to them during the summer or if you want to return to a campus for a second time.)
[ ] Attend a UMBC Visit Day for information sessions and tours.
October
[ ] Attend a college fair to investigate further those colleges to which you will probably apply.
[ ] Start sending your applications. UMBC's early action deadline is November 1 and the regular decision deadline is February 1.
[ ] Review guidelines and application process for scholarship programs, including the Scholars Programs at UMBC.
[ ] Obtain your Financial Aid Form or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your school counselor. UMBC's priority deadline is February 14.
December
[ ] Begin reviewing notification of admission decisions. UMBC early action candidates receive notification in late December.
February, March and April
[ ] Attend a college fair to investigate further those colleges to which you will probably apply.
[ ] Participate in events and activities for newly admitted students.
Before May 1
[ ] Decide on the one college that you will attend. Send in your tuition and housing (if appropriate) deposits.
June
[ ] Request that your counselor send your final transcript to the college you will attend.
[ ] Look for information from the college about housing, roommate(s), orientation, course selection, etc.
July – September
[ ] Pack for college. Leave home for your new home and have a great freshman year!