Information for First-Year Students Interested in UMBC-Shady Grove

All students interested in UMBC-Shady Grove are strongly encouraged to meet with a pre-transfer advisor to determine your path to a bachelor’s degree.

Pre-Transfer Advising

Consider UMBC-Shady Grove if you…

  • Want a big name degree from a small college campus
  • Would prefer the commute to Rockville
  • Have earned or will earn 45 to 70 college credits prior to graduation or transfer from a previous high school or college
  • Are interested in one of the undergraduate programs listed below and have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework
  • Work or plan to work for industries or employers in the Washington, D.C., area and beyond

Translational Life Science Technology (TLST)

If you plan to complete a four-year degree in TLST, you must complete your upper-level coursework at UMBC-Shady Grove. However, if you do not meet all of the requirements above, you should first complete your lower-level coursework at UMBC in Catonsville, MD, and you do not need to complete any additional application steps prior to enrollment.

Contact Us

If you are not eligible for UMBC-Shady Grove but would like to consider studying with us in the future, please contact us at for guidance on planning your path.