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.
2021 First-Year Class Profile
- Total First-Year Enrollment: 2,052
- Average GPA: 3.97
- Average SAT Score: 1316
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 standardized test scores, 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
Successful applicants will have a strong college preparatory program of study that includes:
Language Other than English
*Your mathematics program of study should include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Additionally, you are expected to be enrolled in an eligible mathematics course in your senior year of high school study.
Everything You Need to Know About How to Apply
Complete the Common App
Your first stop is the Common App. Please be sure to complete it in its entirety.
Request Supporting Documents
As you prepare to submit your Common App, there are some additional items you’ll want to gather.
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.
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:
Recommended Score/Grade Levels for Admission
- 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
- English composition at a U.S. College/University: grade of C or better
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)
Upcoming Application Deadlines
Fall Enrollment Application Deadlines
Spring Enrollment Application Deadlines
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
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