Programs at Shady Grove

UMBC offers eligible transfer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, history, political science, psychology, social work, or translational life science technology at the Universities at Shady Grove. Students spend the equivalent of two years at a community college and the final two years at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. UMBC is one of nine University System of Maryland institutions that offer upper-level undergraduate programs at the center. For more information, visit

Degree Paths for Shady Grove Transfer Students

Ready to explore your options for transferring to UMBC-Shady Grove? Visit Transfer Central to plan your transfer and learn more about which degrees are available at Shady Grove (be sure to check out the Campus Resources section). You’ll also be able to review how your credits will transfer, learn more about our services, and explore the benefits of our Transfer Student Alliance.

Transferring from Frederick Community College or Montgomery College?

To assist with transfer planning, take advantage of the Suggested Transfer Pathway planning guides we’ve created for you. Visit the UMBC-Shady Grove undergraduate programs page and select the major you’re interested in for details on the program of study and your custom planning guide.

How to Apply for Transfer Admission

  1. Plan Your Transfer. While UMBC does not require specific courses to transfer, there are tasks you can complete prior to transferring that can help shorten your time to graduation.
  2. Complete the Common Application in its entirety.
    Apply (Fall 2020 only) – Applications for fall 2020 can be mailed to our office or emailed to Application checks should be mailed to our office.
    Apply Online (Spring 2021 and beyond)
  3. Indicate your interest in Shady Grove in the “Questions” tab of the “Program Materials” dashboard under UMBC.
  4. Submit the Common Application and $75 non-refundable application fee. You must submit the above 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, and click submit. UMBC does not require submissions of an Academic Evaluator, College Report, Secondary School Final Report, or Midterm Report to complete the transfer application.
  5. Submit official transcripts. Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are required as apart of your transfer application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to request transcripts from each of their prior colleges. The transcript should be sent to us electronically or by mail to the address below after the application is submitted. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have attended a post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, outside the United States must have a course by course credentials evaluated through:

    Education Credential Evaluators

    Educational Perspectives

    Foreign Credentials Service of America

    World Education Services
  6. Request letters of recommendations (optional). 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. Applicants applying to the Honors College. Transfer students may apply for admission to UMBC’s Honors College. Students in the Honors College obtain a rich liberal arts experience through honors classes and seminars and enhanced opportunities for research. Please make sure to answer “Yes” to the Honors College question located in the Academics Section of the Member Screen on the Common Application and complete the additional required writing supplement.
  8. Send us an official final high school transcript (optional). If wanting to demonstrate previous course proficiency in a foreign language based upon high school coursework, please submit a final high school transcript. Official high school transcripts are required for applicants with less than 30 college credits.
  9. All supporting documents not submitted electronically can be sent to our office at:UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

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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