NOVEMBER 17 – 19, 2020

TransferFest Day 1: November 17

UMBC Beyond the Classroom:
TransferFest kicks off with multiple opportunities to connect with resources and departments committed to helping you achieve success at UMBC and beyond.


Learn more about how the offices of Off Campus Student Services and Academic Engagement and Transition Programs can assist you prior-to and throughout your time at UMBC. Hint: it’s by creating meaningful connections to the UMBC community.

Presenters: Chloe Terrell, Transfer Student Success Coordinator, Office of Off Campus Student Services;
      Krista Wallace, Transfer Success Advisor, Academic Engagement and Transition Programs


Join us for an in-depth look at the many opportunities that exist for transfer students to pursue undergraduate research. You’ll also learn about our Honors College and Scholars Programs and how these communities can expand your learning.

Presenters:  Dr. Rehana Shafi, Director, Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program and Lakeland Partnership; Michael Stone, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Assessment, The Honors College; Dr. April Householder, Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships; Cindy Greenwood, Assistant Director, Cyber Scholars Program

TransferFest Day 2: November 18

UMBC Beyond the Classroom:
TransferFest continues with more opportunities to connect with resources and departments committed to helping you achieve success at UMBC and beyond.


Interested in learning more about how UMBC supports our international transfer students? Attend this session to connect with our Admissions and International Education Services staff to learn more about the international transfer process.

Presenters: Michelle Massey, Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services;
      Lori Smith-Watson, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation


Join the Career Center, The Shriver Center, and Education Abroad to learn more about how your UMBC experience can lead to exciting opportunities beyond the classroom. In this session you’ll learn about internships and career opportunities, service learning, and our study abroad programs.

Presenters:   Christine Routzahn, Director, The Career Center; Lori Hardesty, Associate Director, The Shriver Center;
Caylie Middleton, Associate Director, Education Abroad

TransferFest Day 3: November 19

Exploring Academics and The Admissions Process: TransferFest Finale

This is your chance to learn everything there is to know about UMBC’s Colleges and Academic Programs. Join us for an evening of discovery and discussion with UMBC faculty, staff, and current students.


Join our Admissions Staff for an overview of how to navigate your evening.

Presenter: Nathan Fanning, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation

Student’s Choice


Join our Deans, Chairs, and Program Directors to learn more about our three academic colleges and select academic programs for transfer students. Interested in our Pre-Professional programs including Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Nursing, and Allied Health? Attend our College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences session to learn more about these programs.
Unsure which program is best for you? Attend our Academic Exploration for Undecided Students session to help you navigate your path to UMBC.

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 

Presenters: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Interim Dean; Dr. John Stolle-McAllister, Associate Dean; James Hamilton, Academic Advising Coordinator

College of Engineering and Information Technology

Presenters: Dr. Keith J Bowman, Dean; Catherine Bielawski, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Student Services; Dr. Maria Sanchez,  Director of Education and Outreach

College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Presenters: Dr. William R. LaCourse, Dean; Michelle Bulger, Director, Science and Math Advising Resource Team

Academic Exploration for Undecided Students

Presenters: Dr. Jill Randles,  Assistant Vice Provost and Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement and Transition Programs; Dr. Kenneth Baron, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic and Pre-Professional Advising

Social Work

Presenters: Dr. Shelly Wiechelt, Associate Dean and Chair; Katie Morris, Program Director, UMBC Shady Grove

The Erickson School: Management of Aging Services

Presenter: Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Undergraduate Programs

Pursuing a Career in Teaching at UMBC

Presenter: Dr. Vickie Williams, Director of Student Services


Hear from current UMBC students about what it is like to be a Retriever inside and outside of the classroom.

Student’s Choice:


This hour allows you the flexibilit


Transfer Admissions Overview

Learn the ins and outs of applying as a transfer student to UMBC. From submitting transcripts and optional letters of recommendation to deadlines and next steps, we’ll cover it all. Not ready to apply? We’ll also share resources to get you on the right path to Retriever Nation.

Presenters: Nathan Fanning, Associate Director; Anna Conger, Transfer Coordinator

Financing Your Education: Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

Join staff members from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for an overview of how to apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships at UMBC.

Presenters: Chanel Viator, Assistant Director, Merit Scholarships; Erica Ibarguen, Financial Aid Counselor

Campus Highlights Tours

Join our Grit Guides for a photo highlights tour of our campus. Check out our Grit Guide bios below and select the tour with the Grit Guides that you want to get to know better. All tours will cover the same content.

Tour Group 1: Get to know UMBC with Sha, Justin, and Nia’Mani

Sha H.

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Rochester, NY
High School: Rush Henrietta Senior High School
Major: Media and Communication Studies
Learn more about Sha H.

Justin B.

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Oakland, MD
High School: Southern Garrett High School 
Major: Computer Science
Learn more about Justin B.

Nia’Mani R.

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
High School: Central High School
Major: Chemistry 
Minor: Psychology
Learn more about Nia’Mani R.

Tour Group 2: Get to know UMBC with Jon, Julianna, and Kayla

Jon J.

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Seoul Teugbyeolsi, Republic of Korea
High School: Belize Christian Academy
Major: Bioinformatics
Learn more about Jon J.

Julianna B.

Class Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fredrick, MD
High School: Governor Thomas Johnson High School
Major: English
Minor: Media and Communication Studies
Learn more about Julianna B.

Kayla H.

Class Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
High School: Smithsburg High School
Major: Biology
Minor: Political Science
Learn more about Kayla H.

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