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Undergraduate Admissions

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

The Admissions Committee evaluates transfer applicants on the basis of their academic record at previous institutions. Cumulative grade point average, performance trends, strength of curriculum and performance in courses related to the intended area of study are considered. For more resources particular to transfer student visits, credit transfer, and more, please visit our Transfer Student Resources page.

How to Apply for Transfer Admission

  1. Complete the Common Application in its entirety.
    Apply Online.
  2. Complete the residency questions. This information is located in the Member Questions section for applicants seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes.
  3. 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.
  4. Request an official transcript. Official transcripts from each college or university attended are required. You must request a transcript from each institution you attended. The registrar may send us your transcripts electronically or they may mail a transcript to our office.
  5. Ask for letters of recommendation (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.
  6. Applicants applying to the Honors College. Transfer students may also 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 and complete the additional required writing supplement.
  7. 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. Required for applicants with less than 30 college credits.
  8. Submit any additional application materials. All supporting documents not submitted electronically can be sent to our office at the address below:
    UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

Transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits

  • 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.

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