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Transfer Student Alliance (TSA)
UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove

The Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) offers eligible students who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree at UMBC upon completion of their associate’s degree at a participating Maryland community college the opportunity to benefit from joint programmatic efforts, shared resources and other privileges while still enrolled at the community college. Upon successful completion of the program and initiation of transfer to UMBC, eligible students will be guaranteed admission with a scholarship.

UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Maryland provides you the best of both worlds: Our reputation. Your backyard. USG is a consortium of nine universities within the University System of Maryland, conveniently located in Montgomery County, a Washington D.C. suburb close to many government agencies, contractors and major healthcare organizations. UMBC, a public honors university, is among the institutions at USG. Offering bachelor degrees in History, Political Science, Psychology, and Social Work for transfer students as well as graduate degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Geographic Information Systems, Cybersecurity and Biotechnology, UMBC-Shady Grove is ready to help you achieve your goals.


Steps to Get Started
  • Enroll at a participating Maryland community college with intent to earn an associate's degree
  • Complete 12 to 35 college credits at a Maryland community college
  • Earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Apply to the TSA Program
  • Receive admittance into the TSA Program
TSA Pre-Transfer Benefits
  • Concurrent enrollment at a 25 percent tuition discount for one UMBC course per semester (not to exceed a total of three discounted courses). Please see below for a list of suggested courses for your program of interest (course pre-requisites must be fulfilled prior to enrollment):
    • History: Please see Program Director for course suggestions. Students are encouraged to consider any 300-level history course.
    • Political Science: Please see Program Director for course suggestions.
    • Psychology: PSYC393 (offered fall), PSYC308 (offered spring), PSYC356 (offered spring)
    • Social Work: SOWK240, SOWK388
  • Priority access to Pre-Transfer Advising
  • Access to UMBC-Shady Grove facilities and campus services, including the library and computer laboratories
  • Ability to participate in student activities and cultural opportunities
  • $75 Common Application fee waiver

Apply to TSA


Requirements for TSA at UMBC-Shady Grove
  • Minimum 3.5 composite-GPA at time of application to UMBC (calculated based on coursework at all institutions attended)
  • Completion of an associate’s degree within four years of admittance into the TSA Program
  • Enrollment at UMBC/UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove within one year of completion of the Associate’s degree
  • Submit final transcript indicating an earned Associate's degree from a Maryland community college
TSA Benefits Upon Transfer to UMBC-Shady Grove
  • Guaranteed transfer admission to UMBC-Shady Grove (Transfer Application required)
  • A $1,500 merit scholarship for each of two years of full-time study. This award can be accepted with other UMBC merit award offers.
  • Priority access to earliest Transfer Orientation and Course Selection Day
Apply to UMBC ($75 TSA transfer application fee waiver)
  • Fall Admission (March 1 - Priority Deadline)
  • Spring Admission (October 15 - Priority Deadline)

Apply to UMBC

View the Frequently Asked Questions about TSA.

To Learn More about the TSA Program, Please Contact:

UMBC Contact:
Nathan Fanning
Assistant Director for Transfer Student Recruitment, Admissions and Partnerships

Anne Arundel Community College Contact:
Patrice Lyons 
Transfer Coordinator 
Anne Arundel Community College
p: 410-777-2634

Community College or Baltimore County Contact:
Nicole Zairi 
Coordinator of Articulation, Transfer, and Prior Learning Assessment
The Community College of Baltimore County 
p: 443-840-4647
f: 443-840-4847

Montgomery College Contacts:
Germantown Campus
Anne Schleicher
Transfer Counselor 

Rockville Campus
Joan Hawkins

Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Jeri Gresham
Montgomery College - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Takoma Avenue & Fenton Street
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 240-567-3891

Prince George’s Community College Contact:
Vannetta Veronica Alford
Manager of Articulation and Transfer
Prince George's Community College
Student Development Services
Prince George's Community College
p: 301-322-0134