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Undergraduate Admissions

UMBC Programs at Shady Grove

UMBC offers eligible transfer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in history, political science, psychology or social work at the Universities at Shady Grove. Students spend the equivalent of two years at a community college and the final two years at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. UMBC is one of nine University System of Maryland institutions that offer upper-level undergraduate programs at the center. For more information, visit

Degree Paths for Shady Grove Transfer Students

UMBC-Shady Grove welcomes transfer students and enjoys strong partnerships with Maryland's two-year colleges. Please visit the ARTSYS Website to learn more about recommended transfer programs.

To assist with transfer planning, please note that Suggested Transfer Pathway planning guides are currently available to Frederick Community College and Montgomery College students and advisers. To access these planning guides, please visit, click on undergraduate program of interest, and then Preparing to Transfer.

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 (Spring 2017 and beyond)
  3. Indicate your interest in Shady Grove with in the "Academics" tab of the "My Colleges" dashboardunder UMBC.
  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 apart of your transfer application. It is the applicant's responsibility to request transcripts from each of their prior colleges. The transcript should be sent to us electronically or by mail to the address below after the application is submitted. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. 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:

    Educational Perspectives


    Foreign Credentials Service of America

  6. Request letters of recommendations (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

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