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Great things happen when you’re part of a community that believes in you.

First-Year Students

Apply as a First-Year Student if you have or are currently earning your high school diploma or GED but have not earned college credits AFTER earning your diploma or GED.

Transfer Students

Apply as a Transfer Student if you have completed college-level coursework at an institution of higher education after receiving a high school diploma or a GED.

International Students

Apply as an international student if you will need a non-immigrant visa to study and live in the United States.

Returning Students

Did you complete two or more regular semesters at UMBC as a degree-seeking undergraduate? Let’s get you what you need to finish.

Admitted Students

Welcome to UMBC! You may still have a few things to square away before you’re a bonafide Retriever. We'll guide you through the final steps and answer your "what's next" questions.

Find Your Path

As an Honors University in Maryland, we’re known for helping our students land the careers they want. But you don’t have to take our word for it. The Boston Globe calls us a “successful model of how to educate a diverse group of students and send them on to promising careers.”

Events & Deadlines

Important Deadlines

First-Year

Fall Enrollment Application Deadlines

November
1
Early Action Admission to UMBC Honors College Priority Admission
February
1
Regular Decision Admission to UMBC Honors College Regular Admission

Spring Enrollment Application Deadlines

October
15
Priority Admission to UMBC Honors College Priority Admission
December
1
Regular Admission to UMBC Honors College Regular Admission

Transfer

Fall Enrollment Application Deadlines

March
1
Priority Admission to UMBC Honors College Priority Admission
June
1
Regular Admission to UMBC Honors College Regular Admission

Spring Enrollment Application Deadlines

October
15
Priority Admission to UMBC Honors College Priority Admission
December
1
Regular Admission to UMBC Honors College Regular Admission

An Investment in You

We give you the best of what private institutions might offer–highly respected professors and world-class research opportunities–without the hefty price tag.

$54M

Average total aid given each year by UMBC

By the Numbers

100+

Majors & Programs

17:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

250+

Student Organizations

90+

Countries Represented

150+

Yearly Arts & Culture Events

17

DI Athletics Teams

UMBC Student Body Profile

Fall 2022 Enrollment: 13,991

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Minority Enrollment: 51.8%

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School Colors

BLACK & GOLD

Mascot

Our mascot True Grit represents qualities shared by both the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed of dogs and UMBC students and alumni: hard-working; sensitive and serious; and loyal and protective of those they’ve grown to love.

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