International First-Year

UMBC is Test-Optional for Fall 2021

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. 

Students who have completed their high school or secondary education and who have not yet begun studies at the university level should apply to UMBC for first-year admission. U.S. citizens or permanent residents should follow the instructions below, but do not need to provide financial support documentation. Students currently on an F-1 visa or planning to apply for an F-1 student visa to attend UMBC should complete all of the following steps.

Application Requirements

Admission to UMBC is quite competitive. We are looking for students who are academically well prepared and serious about their education. Students must have strong English language skills and have a good understanding of the challenges and excitement that living in a new culture can bring.

You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and have strong marks. Other criteria may be considered as appropriate.

Please submit an official or attested copy of your secondary school academic record showing courses and grades received; mark sheets; examination results; and/or leaving results, as appropriate for the country’s educational system. All documents must be translated to English. Translations must be as literal as possible, with no attempt to translate information into the U.S. educational system.

Candidates for first-year admission must submit the following:

  1. A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admissions Application
    Apply Online (Spring 2021 and beyond)
  2. A $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. An official or attested copy of your current high school transcript/academic record including an English translation.
  4. Official results of completion of state/national secondary school examinations.
  5. The submission of official test scores for scholarship consideration is optional if you are applying for the Fall 2021 school year. SAT scores can be forwarded to UMBC by the Educational Testing Service or official ACT scores sent by ACT. (The UMBC College Board code is 5835, and UMBC’s ACT code is 1751.)
  6. A final high school transcript/leaving certificate upon completion of your senior year.
  7. All non-native English speakers must submit official English Proficiency Test results from one of the following. Official score reports should be sent electronically to UMBC. Score recommended for admission is listed:
    Duolingo English Proficiency Test: 105
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
    SAT (Evidence-Based Reading Writing Section): 500

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.

Explore UMBC’s International Education Services website for more information about applying for an F1 Visa after you are admitted.

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