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 currently offer seven undergraduate degree programs at UMBC-Shady Grove, with more on the way.

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

We combine the theory of a traditional life science degree with hands-on, real-world applications of the process for turning scientific discoveries into real life-saving solutions.

Translational Life Science Technology (TLST)

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.

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 additional scholarship opportunities provided through the Universities of Shady Grove (USG). 




UMBC-Shady Grove Scholarships Awarded in 2021


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.

Studying at Montgomery College?

Raptor to Retriever (R2R) is a transfer access program designed to streamline the transfer process between Montgomery College and UMBC-Shady Grove. The program offers students a structured pathway for attaining an associate degree and then a baccalaureate degree. Coupled with the Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) member benefits, it’s a fantastic way for transfer students to earn a UMBC degree in the least amount of time and for the lowest cost.

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