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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Admission to UMBC

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation encourages well-qualified students seeking a competitive academic environment to explore the many opportunities available at UMBC.

The Undergraduate Prospectus and Application for Admission, as well as other publications, are available online at www.umbc.edu/undergraduate or by contacting:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 410-455-2291, 1-800-UMBC-4U2, admissions@umbc.edu

Applying for Freshman Admission

The Admissions Committee weighs several factors in making its decisions. In addition to high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores, the strength of the applicant’s curriculum, class rank and other achievements are considered. An essay is required and letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged.

For prospective freshmen, application for admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admission Application
  • An essay
  • An official copy of the student’s current high school transcript
  • Official SAT scores, reported to UMBC by the Educational Testing Service (UMBC’s CEEB code is 5835); students submitting ACT scores should have them sent by ACT (UMBC’s ACT code is 1751.)
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • A final high school transcript, to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation by the high school upon graduation

Freshman Admission Application Deadlines

  • Early Action: November 1
  • Regular Decision: February 1

Early Action

UMBC’s Early Action Program provides an opportunity for strong candidates to receive full consideration for admission, scholarship and financial aid. In addition, the Early Action Program allows students interested in UMBC’s various scholars programs (Center for Women and Information Technology, Humanities, Linehan Artist, Meyerhoff, Sherman Teacher Education and Sondheim Public Affairs) a chance to explore these opportunities fully, as well as the Honors College and other programs and majors with selective admission requirements. Early Action applicants will be given priority notification of their admission decision. Early Action is a non-binding application program. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1 to confirm their enrollment.

High School Preparation

UMBC expects applicants to have completed a strong college preparatory program of study from an accredited high school. The minimum program of study should include:

  • English: four years
  • Social science/history: three years
  • Mathematics: four years
  • Science: three years
  • Foreign language: two years

Students planning to major in mathematics, engineering, computer science or other science areas are strongly recommended to have completed four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus and/or calculus.

Home-schooled Applicants

UMBC welcomes applications from students who have been home-schooled. In addition to standardized test scores, an essay and other admission credentials, home-schooled applicants should submit transcripts, if available, curriculum vitae describing course content, instructional materials and an evaluation of the student’s work. The evaluation should describe course objectives and may include traditional letter or numerical grades or a narrative assessment of the applicant’s progress.

Early Enrollment

UMBC offers early-enrollment opportunities for academically advanced students who wish to begin their college careers early.

Early admission is available to those students who wish to enroll full time as degree-seeking students prior to high school graduation. Applicants typically exceed the university’s average freshman profile. A letter of recommendation and permission from the high school is also required. Applicants for early admission must interview with the Admissions Committee.

Concurrent enrollment is available for academically strong students who wish to enroll part-time while still in high school. Applicants typically exceed the university’s average freshman profile.

A letter of recommendation and permission from the high school also are required.

Advanced Standing

UMBC awards credit to students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and who score well on the AP or IB tests. Tests must be taken prior to enrollment in college, and official test scores are to be sent directly to UMBC. Appendix II lists AP and IB examinations for which UMBC awards credit. Applicants who have taken college courses at an accredited institution while in high school may receive credit toward their UMBC degree, according to the university’s transfer credit policy (see Appendix I). An official transcript from the college ---or university should be sent to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.

Applying for Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are evaluated by the Admissions Committee on the basis of their academic record at their previous institution(s). Grade point average, strength of curriculum and performance on courses related to the applicant’s intended area of study are considered. Applicants must be in good standing at the institution from which they seek to transfer. Applicants with fewer than 30 college credits are also evaluated on the basis of their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

For prospective transfer students, application for admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admission Application
  • Official college transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended. Transcripts should be sent by the registrar of each institution to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation. (A final transcript also should be sent upon the completion of any course work in progress.)
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee

Using your undergraduate admissions application materials all admitted students are considered for transfer scholarships. A separate application is not required.

For applicants with fewer than 30 college credits, an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT test score report.

Transfer Admission Application Deadlines

Fall admission:

  • Priority – March 15 (for scholarship consideration)
  • Regular Decision – May 31

Spring admission:

  • Priority – November 1 (for scholarship consideration)
  • Regular Decision – December 15

The Universities at Shady Grove

UMBC offers the final two years of study for the bachelor of arts in political science, psychology history and social work at the Shady Grove Center in Rockville, MD. Students must complete the lower-level course requirements at a local community college. Applicants for the Shady Grove programs are evaluated on the basis of their academic record at previous institutions, including cumulative grade point average, academic performance trend, strength of curriculum and performance in courses related to the intended area of study.

For additional information or application, contact the Shady Grove program coordinator at shadygrove@umbc.edu, visit www.umbc.edu/shadygrove or call the Universities at Shady Grove, Office of Student Services 301-738-6023.

Transfer Credit Policies

UMBC will transfer credits for academic courses taken at institutions of higher education accredited by the Regional Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education, in subject areas that are considered part of the student’s university program and in which he or she has earned a grade of “C” or better. From Maryland public institutions, courses with grades of “D” may transfer; however, a minimum grade of “C-” may be required in courses applied toward a major, minor, certificate program or toward general requirements.

A student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from all previous institutions toward a UMBC undergraduate degree.

A maximum of 60 credits — or 65 credits for engineering majors — are transferable from a two-year program or institution. UMBC’s graduation policy stipulates that the final 30 hours toward a bachelor’s degree must be completed on campus. The Registrar’s Office may approve a request to complete a maximum of two courses within the final 30 credits at another institution.  

Credit from international institutions that are recognized by the Ministries of Education in their respective countries will be considered for transfer to UMBC. Students who have attended college or university outside the United States must Submit a course-by-course credential evaluation prepared by:

AACRAO
Foreign Credentials Evaluation Service,
One Dupont Circle, NW,
Suite 520, Washington,
D.C. 20036-1135
www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm
The evaluation of transfer credit also will reflect a conversion of non-semester credit to semester-hour equivalents. (For example one-quarter hour is considered to be equivalent to two-thirds of a semester hour.) The applicability of courses to a specific major then is determined by the appropriate academic department.

Students may pursue credit through UMBC-administered departmental exams or by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) Program or International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. To receive credit for CLEP, AP or IB, official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.

Appendix II lists the CLEP, IB and AP examinations for which UMBC awards credit.

A maximum of 60 credits may be earned through departmental, CLEP, AP and IB examinations. Credit awarded through a UMBC departmental exam is not applicable toward the general requirements for graduation.

Upper-level coursework at UMBC is defined as courses numbered 300 or above.  Courses from community and junior colleges judged to be equivalent to upper-level UMBC courses will be counted toward the upper-level graduation requirement.  Students who receive credit from a four-year institution that operates under a different course-numbering system may wish to forward a description of that numbering system to the Registrar’s Office to assist with evaluation.

Military Work and Classroom Experience

While UMBC does not award credit for military work or classroom experience, with the exception of certain courses offered by the Defense Language Institute, the National Cryptologic School and the Community College of the Air Force, students may pursue credit through UMBC-administered departmental exams or through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) Program or International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. To receive credit for CLEP, AP or IB, official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation. Appendix II lists the CLEP, IB and AP examinations for which UMBC awards credit. In general, credit is not given for life experience or for credit-by-examination awarded from another institution. Veterans are encouraged to seek individual assistance with their academic advisor should they wish to explore alternative options for pursuing college credit and for meeting degree requirements at UMBC.

Maryland Public Colleges and Universities

The State Board for Higher Education Transfer Credit Policy is outlined in Appendix I.

Maryland Community College Recommended Transfer Programs

The Recommended Transfer Programs (RTP) provides a list of community college courses that will best prepare students for UMBC’s course of study. Transfer students with acceptable grades in courses specified in the UMBC Recommended Transfer Program Guide are assured transfer with no loss of credit. These program guides are available in the transfer advisors’ offices at all Maryland community colleges or via the Web at artweb.usmd.edu. More information can also be found through the Maryland TransPort Web site, http://mdtransfer.usmd.edu

International Student Admission

For prospective international students, who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents, application for admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • A completed UMBC Undergraduate Application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee (payable to UMBC), drawn on a U.S. bank
  • A completed International Supplemental form (available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation or online at http://www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/pdf/suppinfo.pdf)
  • Certified true copies of secondary/high school transcripts or mark sheets
  • Certified true copies of certificates of completion of state/national secondary school examinations and examination results
  • Certified true copies of transcripts or mark sheets from any and all college or university studies completed overseas or in the United States
  • Standardized test scores – SAT or ACT – are required for freshman scholarship consideration or if an applicant has completed high school in the U.S.

Students who have attended college or university outside the United States must have a course-by-course credential evaluation prepared by:

AACRAO
Foreign Credentials
Evaluation Service,
One Dupont Circle, N.W.,
Suite 520, Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm
To facilitate consideration, documents in languages other than English should be accompanied by an English translation. Translations must be as literal as possible with no attempt to convert information to the U.S. educational system.

Non-native English speakers must provide official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 80 on the Internet based, 213 on the computer based, or 550 on the paper test is required. For the IELTS, a score of 7 is required for regular admission.

For students planning to attend UMBC on an F-1 student visa, a letter of financial support signed by the student’s sponsor, certifying that the sponsor will be responsible for the student’s expenses while enrolled at UMBC, and a certified true copy of a recent bank statement documenting sufficient funds (at least $33,000) also are required.  The statement of financial support form is also avaialble at http://www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/pdf/finsupp.pdf.

International Admission Application Deadlines

For freshman applicants (with no college or university credit) and transfer applicants currently attending a university in another country:

Fall admission:

  • Early Action – November 1
  • Regular Decision --February 1

Spring admission:

  • Regular Decision – November 1

For transfer applicants currently in the U.S. on an F-1 visa (with at least one full-time semester of U.S. college or university attendance):

Fall admission:

  • Priority – March 15 (for scholarship consideration)
  • Regular Decision – May 31

Spring admission:

  • Priority – November 1
  • Regular Decision – December 15

Funding

Students on non-immigrant visas are not eligible for need-based financial aid and generally are unable to work off campus. However, they can compete for part-time employment on campus and, if qualified, may be considered for merit-based and athletic scholarships. Applicants on F-1 visas must provide documentation that they have a sufficient and continued source of funding from a parent, spouse, sponsor or self.

I-20 Form

The Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20) is needed to apply for a student visa from an American consul. UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation will send the I-20 along with the admission letter to overseas students. International students currently studying in the U.S. on an F1 visa must provide copies of their current I-20 and I-94.

English Language Program

On an individual basis, UMBC may be able to accommodate applicants whose TOEFL or IELTS scores fall below the minimum requirements. If a student is otherwise admissible, conditional admission, requiring completion of several English as a second language courses through the English Language Institute (ELI), may be offered. Applicants with TOEFL scores below 48, on the Internet-based, 140 on the computer based and 460 on paper tests; or below 5 on the IELTS, will not be admitted to the degree program, but will be referred to the intensive English language program offered by the ELI.

Non-degree Seeking (Special) Student Admission

Students not intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UMBC may apply for admission as a special student. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for financial aid or Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. International students on F-1 visas are not eligible for admission as special students unless they have permission from their host institution or are on practical training.

The Non-degree Seeking (Special) Student Application for Admission to UMBC consists of the following:

  • A completed Non-degree Seeking (Special) Student Application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • College transcripts (Unofficial records will be considered.)

If fewer than 30 semester hours of college coursework have been completed, the applicant also must submit a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores (unless the applicant has been out of high school three years or more).

Applicants who previously have received a bachelor’s degree may be admitted as non-degree seeking (special) students without submitting college transcripts. Other students must submit high school and/or college transcripts and must meet regular admission standards.

Visiting students may be considered for admission by submitting a transcript, grade reports or a letter of good standing from their current institution.

Change of Status to Degree-seeking

Once admitted as a non-degree seeking (special) student, students may be considered for degree-seeking status for a subsequent semester. An undergraduate application for degree-seeking status and official credentials must be submitted by the application deadline for freshmen and transfer student admission.

Golden ID Program

The Golden ID Program permits eligible Maryland residents to enroll in UMBC undergraduate and graduate courses at little cost. Refer to “Tuition and Fees” section of catalog for specific fees applicable to Golden ID program. Applicants must be 60 years of age or older and must be retired or working no more than 20 hours a week. Program participants may enroll as degree-seeking or non-degree seeking (special) students. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation by the regular deadlines for each semester. Registration for courses is on a space-available basis.

Re-admission and Re-instatement of Former UMBC Students

Re-admission

Students previously enrolled at UMBC as undergraduates who have interrupted continuous registration for more than two regular semesters must apply for re-admission. Students must have been in good academic standing at the end of the last semester attended. While the deadline for submitting an application for readmission is the last day of late registration, students are encouraged to apply early. Official transcripts from any institution attended since last enrolled at UMBC must be submitted.

Re-instatement

Students who were not in good academic standing or who were academically suspended or dismissed at the end of the last semester enrolled at UMBC must apply for reinstatement. All applications for re-instatement must be submitted by the stated reinstatement deadlines and are subject to Petition Board review.

When applying for re-instatement, applicants must submit an academic plan of action, which should be completed with the academic advisor’s assistance. Official transcripts also are required from all institutions attended since leaving UMBC.

In case of suspension or dismissal, it is the Petition Board’s expectation that successful academic work completed elsewhere subsequent to suspension from UMBC will be presented for consideration. Additional pertinent information may be submitted at the applicant’s discretion, such as medical documents and letters of recommendation. Any university debts must be settled before registering for class.

If suspended at the end of the fall semester, students may attend the winter session without applying for re-instatement. However, to continue in the spring, students must petition by the deadline date for the spring semester. Similarly, if suspended at the end of the spring semester, students may attend the summer session immediately following without applying for re-instatement, but they may not attend the subsequent fall semester without petitioning by the deadline. Early application will expedite the Petition Board’s review of re-instatement.

Compliance Statement

In compliance with the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide information regarding UMBC’s graduation statistics, campus security policies and crime statistics upon request.