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UMBC’s Undergraduate Programs

UMBC is a unique place that welcomes students with interests of every type from across the world. Whether you are just starting college, transferring from another school, or taking individual classes, at UMBC you will have access to the exceptional resources, stimulating teachers and individual attention that makes our community unique.

Start here to begin your Retriever journey:

If you have questions along the way, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at any time at 410-455-2292. We look forward to hearing from you!

UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove

UMBC offers eligible transfer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in history, political science, psychology, social work, or translational life science technology at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Apply as an undergraduate.

UMBC also offers master’s programs in biotechnology, cybersecurity, geographic information systems, and industrial/organizational psychology at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Apply as a graduate student.

The Graduate School at UMBC

UMBC’s graduate program have been recognized as some of the best in the nation, and applying is easy. You can apply online as a degree-seeking, non-degree seeking, or certificate student. Our online applications are managed by our partner, CollegeNET. Our application process is safe and secure. When you apply online, you can create an account, submit your application information, and pay the $50 application fee by credit card securely, all in one place.

If you have any questions as you apply, please contact us at or call 410-455-2537 for assistance.

For a full details on the admissions process, please review our Admission Policies.

Summer and Winter Programs

UMBC is also a great option for visiting and non-degree students who want to take courses in summer or winter session.

The term “visiting student” applies to someone who is seeking a degree at another institution and wants to earn summer or winter credits at UMBC to transfer back to that home institution. The term “non-degree student” refers a student who is not currently seeking a degree, but wants to take a course for personal or professional growth or because they are considering seeking a degree in the future. Apply as a visiting or non-degree student.

Learn more about which courses are offered at specific dates and times during summer or winter session, or any time of the year, through UMBC’s Class Search tool.