Serving Our Transfer Students

You’re an integral part of our Retriever community from the moment you’re admitted. And we know, as a transfer student, you’ll have unique needs. That’s why we’ve created a variety of services, events, and organizations specifically for transfer students.

Discover Our Transfer Scholarships

While choosing the school you’ll transfer to is a big decision, we also know figuring out how to finance your education is just as big a question for many transfer students. That’s why we offer competitive merit scholarships.

Welcoming Transfer Students

We’ll help you start off on the right foot with a variety of unique Transfer Student Orientation programs where you’ll get the chance to get to know UMBC and your fellow transfer students:

  • Transfer-only Orientation program
  • Dawg Days: Transfer Experience
  • Transfer Welcome Day

Transfer Seminars

When our transfer students told us they needed a unique course to help them navigate their first year at a new university, we didn’t hesitate. We built our transfer seminar courses to help you get in sync with your department right away. You’ll go smoothly from planning your schedule to landing a job in no time. 

Transfer Student Network

The Transfer Student Network (TSN) is here to help you as you adjust to life at UMBC. Membership includes monthly 1:1 mentor check-ins, free events and trips, and special transfer student workshops that cover topics like Transfer Hacks, Speed Networking, How Not to Waste Your Time, Travel Like a Transfer, and Academic Advising 101. Meet our current TSN leaders.

Tau Sigma National Honor Society

Tau Sigma was created specifically for transfer students to recognize and promote their academic excellence and involvement. Our UMBC chapter provides a chance to bond with other transfer students through networking and social events.

Join Our Team

The Transfer Engagement and Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) program is dedicated to increasing the persistence and retention of underrepresented male students at UMBC, with emphasis on black men. T.E.A.M. fosters mentorship and creates a comfortable environment in which students of color can have fun, discuss important issues, motivate each other, and find success. 


EMPOWER: A Community for Women of Color Transfer Students is a cohort-based program that promotes increased retention and graduation rates among transfer students who self-identify as women and femmes of color. EMPOWER will connect students through purposeful guidance to foster a sense of belonging and community at UMBC.