UMBC is Test-Optional for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact nationally on high school students’ ability to access standardized tests (SAT/ACT), we are adopting a test-optional approach to undergraduate admissions to provide students the opportunity to apply with or without standardized test scores. 

Application Requirements for First-Year Students

The Admissions Committee weighs a number of factors in making its decision. In addition to grade point average and standardized test scores, the strength of your curriculum, class rank, and other achievements as well as your essay will be considered. Reviewing the 2019 First-Year Class Profile in UMBC’s Fast Facts may give you an idea of the students who are admitted to UMBC. UMBC expects applicants to have completed a strong college preparatory program of study from an accredited high school. The minimum program of study should include:

  • English: four years
  • Mathematics: four years including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Additionally, applicants are expected to be enrolled in an eligible mathematics course in their senior year of high school study.
  • Social Science/History: three years
  • Science: three years
  • Language other than English: two years

How to Apply for First-Year Admission

  1. Complete the Common Application in its entirety.
    Apply (FALL 2021 only) – Applications for fall 2021 can be mailed to our office or emailed to Deposit checks should be mailed to our office.
    Apply Online (SPRING 2022 and beyond)
  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 $75 non-refundable application fee. You must submit all 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.
  4. Request an official transcript from your high school. Counselors may send us your transcripts electronically through the Common Application School Report or they may mail a transcript to our office.
    UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250
  5. Send us your test results (Optional for Applicants for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022). Submitting official SAT I scores or ACT scores is optional for all first-year applicants attending high school or homeschooled in the United States. Official scores should be sent directly from the College Board or the ACT. The UMBC College Board code is 5835, and UMBC’s ACT code is 1751.
  6. Ask for letters of recommendation. 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. Audition and submit portfolio as required by department. DanceMusicTheater and Visual Arts majors must complete additional requirements based on program expectations.
  8. Applicants applying to the Honors College: Answer “Yes” to the Honors College question located in the Academics Section of the University Questions and complete the additional required writing supplement.
  9. 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 and Orientation
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

Home Schooled Applicants

UMBC welcomes home-schooled applicants. In addition to the above admissions materials, home-schooled applicants should submit curriculum vitae describing course content, instructional materials, and an evaluation of the student’s work.

First-Year Application Timeline

The timeline detailed below is meant to give applicants a general idea of the steps involved in the application process.

  1. Application and supporting documents are received by UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.
  2. Once the application is processed, an acknowledgment e-mail is sent to the applicant which includes instructions on how to create a myUMBC account and monitor their application status.
  3. Completed application and supporting documents are reviewed by UMBC Admissions Committee. Additional information may be requested via the applicant’s myUMBC account at this point.
  4. The applicant is notified by mail of the admissions decision. Applicants are welcome to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at with questions.
    Notification Timeline:
    Fall Enrollment
    Early Action – Decision letters for complete applications are mailed in late-December.
    Regular – Decision letters for complete applications are mailed beginning in February.
    Spring Enrollment
    Decision letters for complete applications are mailed within two weeks of completion date.
  5. Applicants for the visual and performing arts programs will be notified by the departments regarding their status in the program upon review of portfolio and/or completion of audition.

Additional Requirements for Visual and Performing Arts Majors
Advanced Standing (AP/IB/College Coursework)
Early and Concurrent Enrollment

Integrity is a value at UMBC. As such, applicants are expected to represent their self in the most true and accurate way. Learn more about academic integrity at UMBC.

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