International Freshmen (First-time University Study)
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 freshman 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.
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.
Freshmen who wish to be considered for merit scholarships must sit for the SAT. Otherwise, students educated overseas do not need to sit for the SAT.
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 freshman admission must submit the following:
- A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admissions Application
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
- An official or attested copy of your current high school transcript/academic record including an English translation.
- Official results of completion of state/national secondary school examinations.
- For scholarship consideration, official SAT scores 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.)
- A final high school transcript/leaving certificate upon completion of your senior year.
- All non-native English speakers must submit official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language System (IELTS).
Score Recommended for Admission:
TOEFL (Internet Based): 80
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading Writing section: 500
- Results will be reported to UMBC by indicating our code, UMBC R-5835.
For IELTS examination dates and information visit ielts.org.
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.
Students Applying for an F-1 Visa Must Submit the Following Documents:
- A photocopy of your passport.
- Funding Documents:
- A letter of support (you may use the form provided) from your parents or financial sponsor to the effect that he or she is willing and able to provide U.S.$39,363 for each year of study;
- A bank statement that verifies that the individual(s) providing your support has the U.S. $39,363 on deposit.
- TOEFL or IELTS results for English proficiency (required for non-native English speakers).
- Photocopies of both your current visa I-20 form and your I-94 form (for students currently studying in the U.S.).