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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 www.umbc.edu/shadygrove.

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 www.umbc.edu/shadygrove, click on undergraduate program of interest, and then Preparing to Transfer.

How to Apply for Transfer Admission

  1. Complete the Common Application in its entirety.
    Apply Online
  2. Indicate your interest in Shady Grove within the "Academics" tab of the "My Colleges" dashboard under UMBC.
  3. Complete the residency questions located in the Member Questions section for applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  4. Submit the Common Application and pay the nonrefundable $50 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. The fee can be submitted via credit card or e-check. Your application fee may be waived if you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and/or the Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) program. Please be sure to mail a copy of your Phi Theta Kappa certificate to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the address below.
  5. Send us your transcripts. Official transcripts from each college or university attended are required. Transcripts should be sent electronically to UMBC (or mailed to the address below) from the registrar of each institution.
    UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250
  6. Send us any letters of recommendation (optional) or additional application materials. All supporting documents not submitted electronically can be sent to our office at the address below.
  7. If you are interested in the Honors College at UMBC please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 410-455-2292 or admissions@umbc.edu.* If the Honors College is not of interest to you, please answer "No" to the Honors College question located in the Academics Section of the Member Screen so that you are not required to complete the additional writing supplement.
    *Honors College courses are not available at the Shady Grove campus.
  8. Send us a final transcript. A final transcript must be sent upon completion of your current coursework.
    UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

Transfer Student Application Timeline

The timeline below is meant to give applicants a general idea of the steps involved in the application process.

  1. Application and supporting documents, including all official transcripts, are received by the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.
  2. Once the application is processed, an acknowledgement e-mail is sent to the applicant which includes instructions on how to create a myUMBC account and monitor his/her application status.
  3. Complete application packet is reviewed by the UMBC Admissions Committee. An application is not considered complete until all official transcripts have been received. Additional information may be requested via the applicant's myUMBC account at this point.
  4. Applicant is notified by mail of the admissions decision. Applicants are welcome to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at admissions@umbc.edu with questions.
    Notification Timeline:
    Fall
    March 15 - Decision letters for complete applications are mailed beginning in late March. To be considered for merit based scholarships, please complete your application, fee, and have all transcripts received by March 15.
    Regular - June 1 - Decision letters for complete applications are mailed beginning in early June.
    Spring
    Nov. 1 - Decision letters for complete applications are mailed beginning in late October. To be considered for merit based scholarships, please complete your application, fee, and have all transcripts received by November 1.
    Regular – Dec. 15 - Decision letters for complete applications are mailed in December and January.