First-Year Admission to UMBC as an International Student

If you have or are currently earning your high school/secondary school diploma or equivalent but have not earned college credits at the university level AFTER earning your diploma, you should apply to UMBC as a first-year student.

Not sure if you should apply as an international student?

You’re an international student if you will need a non-immigrant visa to study and live in the United States.

First Year Class Profile

Total First-Year Enrollment: 2,144

Average GPA: 3.96

Average SAT Score: 1303 (2-part)

Average ACT Composite Score: 25.7

47% Women / 53% Men

Are You Application-Ready?

How We Evaluate Your Application

We weigh a number of factors in making admission decisions. In addition to grade point average and test results, the strength of your curriculum, class rank, and other achievements as well as your essay will be considered. We expect applicants to have completed a strong college preparatory program of study from an accredited high school/secondary school.

Minimum Program of Study

These classes will best prepare applicants for study at UMBC:


4 Years

Social Science and History

3 Years

Language Other than English

2 Years


3 Years


4 Years

*Your mathematics program of study should include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

Everything You Need to Know About How to Apply

Complete the Common App

First Year students looking to enroll in Fall 2024: UMBC will consider qualified first year applicants on a space available basis. If you are a competitive, first year applicant seeking enrollment for Fall 2024, you may submit your Common Application for review to be placed on our waitlist. We will review our waitlist to determine available spaces starting in July and ending in mid-August.

First Year students looking to enroll in Spring 2025 and beyond: We will begin accepting applications  August 1. This page will be updated with a link to the Common App at that time

  • Applying to the Honors College? Be sure to answer “Yes” to the Honors College question located in the Academics Section of the Member Screen and complete the additional required writing supplement.
  • Complete the “Required Application Questions” section in your myUMBC account.
  • Be sure to plan and write your essay. This helps us get to know you.
  • Pay your $75 non-refundable application fee and make sure that there are green “complete” check marks under the application in your “My Colleges” dashboard under UMBC, and then hit “submit”!

Check out this guide from the Common App on how to prepare for your application.

Request Supporting Documents

As you prepare to submit your Common App, there are some additional items you’ll want to gather. 

Official Transcript


Request an official transcript from your high school. Counselors may send us your transcripts electronically through the Common App School Report or they may mail a transcript to our office.

*If you have also earned college credits that you are interested in transferring to UMBC, you will need to submit those transcripts.

International Transcripts


If you have attended a postsecondary institution, such as a college or university, outside the United States, submit course by course credentials evaluated through one of the following evaluation services. 

Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Submit Evidence of Official English Proficiency


International students are required to verify English proficiency unless meeting requirements for a qualified exception. Test results should be submitted electronically to UMBC. Here are the recommended score/grade levels for admission:

Standardized Test Scores


If you graduated high school in the U.S. within the past three years, you may have the appropriate testing agency send us your results from the SAT I or the ACT.

The UMBC College Board code is 5835, and UMBC’s ACT code is 175.

Letters of Recommendation


You can designate up to two recommenders through the Common App–recommenders then submit their letters through the Common App.

Your letters of recommendation will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Complete Application Requirements for Scholars Programs and Visual and Performing Arts Majors (optional)

Applying to a Scholars Program or as a Visual or Performing Arts major? Be sure to research additional requirements and deadlines specific to the programs of interest to you.

Upcoming Application Deadlines


Fall Enrollment Application Deadlines

Early Action Admission to UMBC Honors College Priority Admission
Regular Decision Admission to UMBC Honors College Regular Admission

Spring Enrollment Application Deadlines

Priority Admission to UMBC Honors College Priority Admission
Regular Admission to UMBC Honors College Regular Admission

Sending Something via Mail? 

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

Counselor Spotlight

Our team of counselors can guide you through questions about what to study, what it’s like to be a Retriever, and even the basics of financing your education. Explore our list of counselors below and find the person who works with students from your area, whether that’s Prince George’s County, Maryland; Arizona; or across the globe.

Lori Smith-Watson

Assistant Director, International