UMBC Shady Grove Information Webinar

– [Abby] Hello and welcome
to our UMBC Shady Grove virtual Undergraduate Information Session. My name is Abby Granger. I am a coordinator here
at UMBC Shady Grove. I will be walking you through
our information session today. Before we get started,
I just wanna introduce you to the lovely faces who
are on your screen first. This is our peer advisory team. These are students, who
if you come to our events, you’ll have a chance to meet. They’ll be able to share with you more about the true UMBC Shady
Grove student experience. These are liaisons to
our incoming students and we just like to
make sure that you know their friendly faces who are
gonna be around to say hello. They’ll be at our events and
they’ll be at orientation, if you’re admitted, and you’re accepted, and you come to join us. I just wanna introduce
you to these folks today. Without further ado, we’ll get started with
the information session. Again, my name is Abby Granger. I am Coordinator of Undergraduate
Recruitment and Advising, here at UMBC Shady Grove. If you would like to set up
an individual appointment with me to review previous coursework, and sorta talk about the
application processes, you can see the link to my
appointment calendar here. It’s If you wanna come in for an appointment, please feel free to make
an appointment with me. I’m also available by phone and email if you wanna shoot me an
email, it’s [email protected] My phone number is 301-738-6281. My role is really to help our
incoming students figure out if they’re ready to transfer, and if they are help you all through the application process. So, please feel free to reach
out to me as a resource. I also just wanna let you
know that Chelsea Moyer, who’s are Assistant Director
of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention is also
available for questions. You may see her around at some events too, so I just wanna make sure
her name is familiar to you. Her email address is [email protected] And, her phone number is 301-738-6184. Both of us are really here to make sure your transition to UMBC
Shady Grove is smooth. Please feel free to reach
out to us at any point. What are we gonna talk about today? The first thing we’re gonna
do is talk about the overview of the Universities at Shady
Grove and how UMBC Shady Grove fits within that framework, and a little bit about our community here. Then we’re gonna talk about what it means to prepare
yourself for transfer. We’re gonna talk about our
Transfer Access Programs, TSA and R2R. We’ll talk about the
application deadlines. We’ll briefly review
the application process. And, we will also talk about financial aid and scholarships that
are available to you. The Universities at Shady Grove, affectionately known as USG, is a campus that’s here in Rockville, that is shared by nine different University of Maryland
system institutions. UMBC, obviously we’re here. For example, other USM
schools, such as College Park, UMUC, University of
Maryland Eastern Shore, and a few other institutions are here. We all share this campus. We share classrooms,
we share common spaces. We do consider ourselves
a full-service campus. What does that mean? It means we have everything
that you’d pretty much find on our main campuses,
you’re gonna find here. We have a very nice library. We have food options. We have student life. We have a career services department. We have pretty much anything you’d find on our main campuses, you’ll find here. We consider ourselves
a collaborative campus, so we have a lot of different
events across institutions and we come together quite a bit to really form a pretty great community here at USG. USG only has transfer students. Most of our students come from another Maryland community college, but everyone is coming
from somewhere else. Everyone has credits
from another institution or started at another school. We offer the junior and senior
years here at Shady Grove in all of our programs. We really have an opportunity to focus on what transfer students need. My favorite example of
this is at the library, during the fall and spring semester, is open until about two or three a.m. in the morning because
we know transfer students have so many things going on. They have families, they
have work obligations, so we like to make sure the services that you all need are available
to you when you need them, even if that’s at one a.m. in the morning. The important thing to
know about USG as a whole, there are no repeat programs
here among institutions. So, for example, since
UMBC offers psychology at Shady Grove, none of the other schools are gonna offer psychology here. When you’re thinking about
joining the USG community, just keep in mind that each school is gonna have a unique list
of programs that they offer. One of the really cool things
about being here at USG, is that we what we call
course sharing opportunities. Since we share our spaces
with other institutions we give you all the opportunity to enroll in courses at other intuitions. One of the, sort of, more
popular connections that we have, our social work students, for example, often take some of the
courses that are offered through College Park’s
criminal justice program. In some instances that
material is really relevant to a student who might want to go into the corrections
system as a social worker. We have some really cool
opportunities that are here at USG, UMBC Shady Grove,
that our main campus students don’t have the opportunity
to do, to enroll, and take classes from other intuitions. Another really great feature
of being here at USG, is that we do have a
specific USG scholarship pool that’s just for the students
here at Shady Grove. It’s open to all the students
from all the intuitions, but it is only open to the students who are here at Shady Grove. We’ll talk a little bit
more about that later. We just like to point that
as something that really is a nice perk of being here
at the Shady Grove campus. UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove, how do we sort of live? How does UMBC live here at USG? One of the really important
things that we like to make sure students understand
is that if you enroll here, at UMBC at Shady Grove, you
are earing a true UMBC degree. There’s no difference between the degree that you earn here at
Shady Grove and the degree that our main campus students are earning. You’re diploma is gonna say University of Maryland Baltimore County. There’s no where on there,
there’s no gonna be, no little star that says
Universities at Shady Grove. The curriculum we have here
is a true UMBC curriculum. Your diploma says UMBC. It’s really important to know
that all of our requirements are the same here at UMBC Shady Grove, as what’s on our main campus. The curriculum, the books, the courses, the requirements, everything’s the same. It’s a true UMBC education. You’ll also see us talk
about ourselves a lot as an honors university
and a lot of folks really wanna know what that means specifically. That means that we
firmly believe, at UMBC, both on our main campus and
here at UMBC Shady Grove, that undergraduate students
are given opportunities to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world. That’s through internships,
through research experiences. We really feel that
undergraduates benefit very much from those kinds of applied
learning opportunities. In most institutions those
sort of opportunities are reserved for graduate students, but we believe that our
undergraduates should also be participating in active learning and active research through
their coursework here. Our courses are offered during the day and we are mostly an in-person campus. If you’re looking to
physically be in the classroom with faculty and other students, this is really the place for you. We do have very small class sizes, which is a big difference
between UMBC Shady Grove and our main campus. Our class size down here
at UMBC Shady Grove, the ratio is about 18
students per faculty member. Our faculty are very accessible. If you walk down the
aisle on any given day here in the UMBC wing at USG,
we have a lot of doors open, faculty and staff that
are available to students to really connect, and
talk about grad school, and talk about those
really great opportunities that we talked about earlier, in terms of, internships and research opportunities. We have a really fun and
accessible atmosphere here. The average age of the student, here at UMBC Shady Grove, is 28. We like to point this
particular statistic out because we think it sort
of embodies the idea that we have students with
a huge range of backgrounds and experiences, and we
just think it’s a great way to indicate to you all that we recognize that a lotta people here
are at various points in their lives with different obligations, and we do our best to try to
make sure we work with each of you to make your education
experience work for you. UMBC Shady Grove, we have five
bachelor’s degrees programs. We have history, political science, psychology, social work,
and our newest program, translational life science
technology, also known as TLST. On the graduate side, we do have six MPS, or master of professional
studies programs. If you’re interested
in any of these areas, just something to keep in
mind as you move forward, that perhaps a graduate degree might be in your future with us. What do we encourage our
students to do prior to transfer? As I mentioned earlier,
everyone here at USG is coming from somewhere else. Most of you are coming from
a Maryland community college. What do we encourage you
to have prior to transfer? We want you to at least have
about 45 credits completed. If you’re coming from a
Maryland community college, we would like you to have closer to 60, prior to transfer, credits completed. Students attending community
college prior to enrollment at USG, we do encourage you to get your associate’s degree prior to transfer. It is not required, but it is
something that we encourage you to do because it could
potentially help you get that job that you’re looking for while you’re completing your bachelor’s degree. There are a lotta benefits that come with having an associate’s degree. As I mentioned earlier, it
is really important that you have your lower level credits done, that’s why we recommend
between 45 and 60 credits prior to transfer because we only
have 300 and 400 courses here at UMBC Shady Grove. We only have the upper level courses in each of the programs that we have. We don’t do the lower level courses. We don’t do Psych 100, for example, or political science 101, we don’t have those lower level courses. But, you do need them prior
to enrollment with us. This is another reason that
I would strongly encourage you to come see me for
an advising appointment, just to determine if you’re ready. If you have the credits that
you need in order to transfer. If you’re thinking to yourself, well, you know, 45 or 60
credits prior to transfer, what makes up those classes? We do have lists for each of the programs that you’re interested in on our website. We do have a list of the classes that we recommend prior to transfer. If you head to our main page,
which is and if you click on the departmental page that you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in translational life science technology, click on the departmental page for TLST,. On that page there are a
few different menu options, the suggested transfer
pathways, is one of them. Under that section, you
will be able to find the list of courses that we
recommend you complete prior to transferring to UMBC Shady Grove. You’ll notice, on those lists, some of them have little
stars next to them, those are the courses
that we strongly recommend that you have prior to transfer. Those are the classes that once you get to UMBC Shady Grove,
those classes are gonna be really important to
you in terms of the list of pre-requisites that you
need to move on with us. The courses that don’t have stars are courses that you will
need to complete eventually in order to get a bachelor’s
degree with UMBC Shady Grove, they may or may not be as
critical prior to transfer. And again, if you come in for
a pre-transfer advisement, I can walk you through where you stand and what it is that you really need to get in before you get here,
and what you might be able to return to your community college after you transfer and take at a later point. That’s another reason to come
in for an appointment with me and we can talk about
where you stand and if you’re missing anything really
critical prior to transfer. This is a really great
resource for students who are coming from a two-year, a Maryland community college,
or a two-year institution, you can figure out how
you’re coursework transfers, what classes you’ll need through ARTSYS. Please don’t try to do this on your own. My whole role is to help you interpret what you’re seeing in ARTSYS and match that against
your previous coursework. Please use ARTSYS, look at ARTSYS, but don’t try to power struggle
through it on your own, please come see me and I will help you figure out how to use ARTSYS and how your previous
coursework will transfer in. As I sort of alluded to earlier, students coming from a
Maryland community college or another two-year
school, the maximum number of credits that you can transfer in is 60. If you’re coming from a
Maryland community college, such as, Montgomery College, or Prince George’s Community College, or Howard Community College,
or Frederick Community College, the maximum number of credits
you can bring in is 60. If you’re coming from
another four-year school, so for example, if you’re
coming from College Park, or UMUC, the maximum number of credits you can bring in is 90. And again, when you and I sit down for your pre-transfer
advising appointment, I can sort of help you get a sense of how many credits
you can expect to bring in based on your previous coursework. Now I’m gonna talk just very briefly about our two transfer access programs,
the first of which is TSA. The second of which is R2R. I’m gonna talk about the
Transfer Student Alliance, or TSA first. TSA is a transfer access
program that’s open to any student who is currently pursuing an associate’s degree at a
Maryland community college. So, anyone who’s currently enrolled, at Montgomery College, or
Frederick Community College, you may be eligible for this program. If you’re currently enrolled
in a Maryland Community College and you intend to continue on
to get your bachelor’s degree at UMBC, eventually, in
the next couple years, right, your intention
is to transfer to UMBC, this might be a good program for you. The benefits of enrolling in TSA are that you have an application fee waived. When you complete your
community college coursework, and you eventually apply to UMBC, you’ll have that application fee, right now that’s $75, the application fee
will be waived for you. If, when you apply to
UMBC, you have a 3.5 GPA, at your community college,
you’ll also be eligible for a merit based scholarship,
after you transfer to UMBC. Those are the two really
big benefits of being, once you get to UMBC, if
you were admitted into TSA, and admitted into UMBC, those are some of the really big benefits. In order to apply for TSA right now, so if you’re currently enrolled
at your community college, you do have to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, at your community college right now, and you have to already earned
between 12 and 35 credits. If you have between 12 and 35 credits, at your community college, and you have a minimum
GPA of 3.0 or higher, you should go ahead and apply to TSA. Once you transfer to UMBC,
if you have that 3.5 GPA, you will be eligible for that fee waiver and you’ll be eligible for
that merit based scholarship. Some of the other benefits are also, if you choose, while you’re
at your community college, if you want to take one or
two classes ahead of time at UMBC, to kinda get ahead of the game, there is a 25% tuition discount for one UMBC course per semester, for up to three classes. So, while you’re still
at Montgomery College, or while you’re still at Frederick, if you wanna enroll in
a class or two at UMBC, you can do that at a little
bit of a discount for you. If you think you’re eligible for TSA, please reach out to me, I’d be happy to send you the information. The information can also
be found at Our second transfer access program is R2R. R2R is a program that
is specifically designed for students who are currently
at Montgomery College, who are interested in
transferring specifically to UMBC Shady Grove. If you’re currently a student
at Montgomery College, and you have between 12 and 36 credits, and a minimum GPA of 2.0, you would be eligible to apply for R2R. R2R is a program that
really connects students at Montgomery College who intend to transfer to UMBC Shady Grove. It’s a way really connecting
you to our campus, to our students, and sort
of get you on campus. We offer workshops, and we have
a peer-to-peer, R2R network, so you get to know students who
you’ll be transferring with. You also are eligible for
an application fee waiver when you do eventually apply to UMBC, so that’s another nice perk. You also get a cool chord to
wear at the UMBC graduation. If you’re currently enrolled
at Montgomery College, and if you have a minimum
GPA of 2.0 or higher, and you’ve already earned
at least 12 credits, you have between 12 and 36 credits, please go ahead and apply to R2R. It’s just a really great
way to sort of come, and get to know the students who are here, get to know the students who
you’ll be transferring with. You will get priority registration when you do eventually transition to UMBC. On your orientation date at UMBC you’ll be fast tracked through
the registration process. You also get special
pre-transfer advising prior to arriving at UMBC to make sure that you’re staying on track. It’s a really great program,
if you’re an MC student, and you know you wanna come to
UMBC Shady Grove eventually, please apply to R2R, we’d love to have you and get your connected to us
prior to enrollment at UMBC. Please, if you wanna apply, where you can find more
information and the application, is So, really quickly I’m just gonna cover the application deadlines. These application deadlines
don’t change from year to year, so no matter what year
you’re viewing this video in, these dates are gonna be applicable. If you’re interested in fall admission the priority deadline is March 1st, the final deadline is June 1st. For spring admission, the priority deadline’s October 15th, the final deadline is December 1st. You might say to me, well Abby, why do you have two deadlines? I would say, the priority deadline, it’s really important to try
to hit that priority deadline because the students who apply
by our priority deadline, are being considered for our
institutional scholarships. If you do not apply by
that priority deadline, you will not be considered
in the pool of students for merit based scholarship, an institutional merit based scholarship. Apply by that priority deadline because if you’re eligible for some money, we definitely wanna make
sure you have a shot at it. It’s not a guarantee,
but the only way you’ll be in that pool is by applying
by that priority deadline. Try to get those applications
in for fall by March 1st and for spring by October 15th, to make sure you’re being considered for all the scholarships that you might be eligible for, through UMBC. We’ll talk a little bit more about the USG scholarship pool in a minute. I’m just gonna really quickly talk about the application process. We do have another how to video, that sort of walks you through
the Common App specifically, so the link to that video can be found in the description of this video. Please, if you are at
the point of transferring and filling out that Common App, check out that other how to video. But, really quickly
here I’m just gonna walk you through the basics. UMBC does use the Common Application, also known as Common App. The website you can go there directly, It is a third party website, so it’s not a UMBC website,
don’t be surprised. Just like any other online system, you’ll create an account first. Be sure that when you create an account you identify yourself
as a transfer applicant, not a freshmen applicant. We want to make sure that you’re being reviewed appropriately so make sure if you’re coming from another institution, if you have more than 30 credits, you are considered a transfer applicant. After you create your account, the first thing you wanna do is add University of
Maryland Baltimore County as your program, which is
how Common App characterizes the schools that use
the Common App system. You do have to spell it out, so when you’re searching for your program, make sure you spell out University of Maryland Baltimore County. Just to be clear, at this point, you’re not gonna necessarily see anything that indicates Shady Grove
or our Catonsville campus. It’s one application for all of our students for both campuses. There’s a question later on, and you’ll see two bullet
points down on this slide, there is a question
under the questions tab, in the program materials section, which is where you’re
actually indicate Shady Grove as your campus of interest. But, when you initially add University of Maryland Baltimore County as the school you wanna apply to, you’re not necessarily gonna
see anything based on campus. We just like to make sure
that we point that out ’cause it’s a little bit confusing. But, if you’re applying to
UMBC, you’re applying to UMBC and it’s the same application, there’s just a question a little later on where you can indicate what
campus you want to go to. There is a writing
supplement that we require. That is also under the questions tab in the program materials
section of the application. We do not require recommendations. If you want to submit recommendations, there is a way to do
that through Common App, but recommendations are not required. So please, if you have
recommendations lined up, that’s fantastic, you
can go into Common App and invite those folks to
submit letters on your behalf. If you don’t have that lined up, or if you’re comin’ in from out of state, that’s kind of a struggle for you, please don’t feel like you have to because recommendations are not required. Obviously there are a
lot of other questions in the application, we
do like to point out specifically the residency questions. There are some questions
about where you live and where your car is registered, and all that good stuff, just make sure that you answer those questions carefully those are the questions that determine whether you’re considered for in-state or out-of-state tuition. So, just be mindful. There are a lot of important
questions in the Common App, but we just like to point
out the residency questions because that directly impacts what the cost is to attend UMBC. Again, power through the
rest of those questions, more specifics about
the application process are in our other video, so
if you wanna refer to that, that should be pretty helpful for you. Once you have finished
all of the questions, in the Common App, we do ask you to submit a $75 application fee, if you are part of PTK,
or TSA, which is, or R2R, which are the two transfer access programs I referenced earlier,
if you’re part of either those organizations you are
eligible for a fee waiver. There are also waiver options
based on different things. As you fill out the Common App, there are gonna be a couple questions that ask you about that fee waiver, so if you’re eligible for any
of those things do indicate. But otherwise, if you’re
not eligible for any of those waiver options, it
will be a $75 application fee. After you complete your
Common Application, and after you submit the fee, we do ask that you submit
official transcripts from each and every college you
have previously attended to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Their email address is
[email protected], and their mailing address is UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1000 Hilltop Circle,
Baltimore, Maryland 21250. Once you get that application
done and submitted, and the fee paid, please
go ahead and request that official transcripts
be sent on your behalf, from each of the schools
that you’ve attended. For example, if you’ve
been to Montgomery College and you also attended
Frederick Community College, for some time, go to Frederick, go to Montgomery and have
those institutions send those transcripts over to us. Once you’re application is complete, so once we get your Common App, and then once we get official transcripts from each school that you’ve attended, it generally takes about four to six weeks for admissions office to
review your application and let you know what your decision is. In the meantime, you should
start getting emails from us about setting up an account,
so please go ahead and do that. You can check your application
status through your account, during this timeframe. Financial aid and scholarships, I promised we’d talk a little
bit about the USG scholarship, so I’m gonna skip down to
that for just a minute. We do, as I talked about earlier, we do have a scholarship
pool that’s specific to our Shady Grove students here. If you intend to apply to UMBC, please, even if you don’t
know if you’ve been admitted or not, if you intend, for
example, to enroll in the fall, go ahead and fill out this application. You’ll be put it into the
pool for the USG scholarships that we offer. There are dozens and
dozens of scholarships that are given out through
this one application, so it’s a really
worthwhile use of your time to fill out this application
because USG has a variety of different scholarships that they distribute through
this one application. In addition to the UMBC
merit based scholarships, in addition to being considered for that if you apply by the priority deadline, if you also apply to this
USG scholarship pool, you’ll be covering all your bases in terms of trying to get those scholarships. Even if you don’t know
if you’ve been admitted, go ahead and make sure you fill out the scholarship application for the semester that you intend to start. A little bit about FAFSA, a
lot of our students utilize the aid that comes through FAFSA. We’ve provided UMBC’s FAFSA code here, it’s 002105. The priority deadline for
FAFSA is February 14th. We just have the FAFSA
website, If you’ve been filling out FAFSA, go ahead and make sure you
have UMBC’s code uploaded. If you have not been filling out FAFSA and you are eligible for FAFSA. It might be a good idea to explore whether or not FAFSA would be a good idea for you. We do have a lot of opportunities for you to come and visit us
here at UMBC Shady Grove. We just like to make sure you’re aware of some of the exciting
things that we have going on. We do have opportunities
for you to come visit with our undergraduate program directors. This is a really great
opportunity to connect with some of the faculty that
you might be in class with and really get to know the
person here at UMBC Shady Grove who’s in charge of the program
that you’re interested in. Typically we have about two opportunities for you to come in and meet with the program directors every semester. If you visit our website here,, you’ll be able to see
all the dates and times, and RSVP for those sessions, to come in and get to know
your program director. As we talked about earlier, I am also available for
pre-transfer advising appointments to really get into the nitty gritty of what your situation is
and what it is you need to do in order to be ready to
transfer to UMBC Shady Grove. Thank you again for joining us today. We hope to see you on campus soon and we’re really excited to have you.

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