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Application Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are considered to be students who have competed a minimum of 24 college level credits at an institution of higher education after receiving a high school diploma or a GED. 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. Special consideration for students who complete an associates degree at a Maryland two year institution will be given. Merit-based scholarship consideration will automatically be given to students who submit a completed application prior to the Priority Deadline.

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. Complete the residency questions. This information is located in the Member Questions section for applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  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 part 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
    http://www.edperspective.org/
    info@edperspective.org
    312-421-9300

    Foreign Credentials Service of America
    http://foreigncredentials.org/
    info@foreigncredentials.org
    877-553-4285

  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

Additional Requirements for Visual and Performing Arts Majors
Application Timeline
Transfer Credit Policies
Plan Your Transfer

Transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits at the time of application must submit:

  • High school transcript. Request an official copy of your transcript sent to UMBC from your high school.
  • Standardized test scores. If you graduated high school within the past three years, you must have the appropriate testing agency send us your results from the SAT I or the ACT. The UMBC College Board code is 5835, and UMBC's ACT code is 1751.