Transfer to UMBC at The
Universities at Shady Grove

Our campus in Rockville, MD, offers the academic reputation of UMBC with easy access to the government agencies, contractors, and major healthcare organizations that call the area home.

The Convenience of Rockville

Located in the heart of Montgomery County, UMBC-Shady Grove gives transfer students in the Washington, D.C., area a chance to pursue a UMBC degree without the commute to Baltimore.

Explore UMBC-Shady Grove

Undergraduate Programs

We offer select undergraduate programs based on employer needs in the region.

Computer Science

In this ABET-accredited program, you’ll prepare for a career in areas like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, game design, forensic analysis, data science, and more.


We’ll help you build the analytic and interpersonal skills you need for a career in psychology, social services, education, or business.


With an emphasis on international historical perspectives, our students explore how different peoples have built their worlds and made sense of them over time.

Social Work

We teach social work professionals generalist practices that serve individuals, families, groups, and communities through hands-on field placement and community outreach.

Mechanical Engineering

Our program will help you become a leader in the mechanical engineering field through the study of crucial industry needs such as computational design and simulation.

Translational Life Science Technology (TLST)

Through the study of applied biotechnology, you’ll combine theory and practice to learn how scientific discoveries become real, life-saving solutions.

Political Science

Our students become part of the “business” of the Washington metropolitan area, with courses focused on pre-law, public policy, and international affairs.

1:1 Pre-Transfer Advising

Make an appointment with a UMBC-Shady Grove pre-transfer advisor to determine the transferability of previous coursework and develop an academic plan of action for transfer!

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to UMBC merit-based scholarships, UMBC-Shady Grove students have access to scholarship opportunities provided through The Universities at Shady Grove (USG). 




Scholarships Awarded Through USG


Transfer Students


Graduates Working in Region or in Grad School


UMBC Majors

Transfer Student Alliance

Benefits include:

  • $75 transfer admission application fee waiver
  • Annual $1,500 merit scholarship for up to two years
  • Priority advising and registration at New Student Orientation

Our Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) is a member benefit program for students intending to complete an associate degree at a Maryland community college prior to transferring to UMBC.

Counselor Spotlight

We’re here to help, no matter where you are in your college search.

Our team of counselors can guide you through questions about what to study, what it’s like to be a Retriever, and even the basics of financing your education. For all UMBC-Shady Grove students, Erin Botker will be your designated counselor for all things transfer and admissions. If you’d like to hear from Erin, fill out our request more information form.

Erin Botker

Coordinator of Undergraduate Recruitment, UMBC-Shady Grove