Newly Admitted Student Checklist

Congratulations on your admission to UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove! We look forward to welcoming you to the UMBC-Shady Grove community and meeting you through New Student Orientation. Should you have any questions related to the Admitted Student Checklist, please contact Abigail Granger, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention, at

As you begin your educational journey at UMBC, please refer to the checklist below to get started with next steps:

Secure your spot

Accept your admission and let us know you’ll be a new Retriever!

To reserve your spot at UMBC, visit myUMBC and submit your non-refundable enrollment intention of $425 ($200 enrollment deposit + $225 orientation fee).

Learn about financing your education

Whether you’re interested in scholarships or have questions about the FAFSA, our financial aid and scholarships office has the information you need. Be sure to direct any questions to your Financial Aid Counselor.  Learn more about USG Scholarships!

Register for orientation

All new students are required to complete an online Orientation program to learn about academic requirements, sign up for classes, and meet other new students in virtual meet-ups.  Visit our Orientation website for the most up-to-date information and to register.

Review your transfer credit report and degree audit

Visit myUMBC to find your Transfer Credit Report and degree audit, which help you understand how transferred courses apply to UMBC’s general education, major, and minor requirements. While you’re waiting for your official report, you can explore how your credits might transfer at Transfer Central.

Note: Allow 3-4 weeks after admission for evaluation and posting of prior college coursework to your record.

Explore your prerequisites

UMBC-Shady Grove students are expected to complete the vast majority of lower-level courses and prerequisites prior to transfer. Please see our list of important prerequisites.

Send final transcripts and scores

Your admission to UMBC is based on your academic record to date. You are required to submit a final, official transcript. You should also request that testing agencies submit your scores for any Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, or International Baccalaureate exams. Send transcripts and scores to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Provide healthcare documentation

Submit the mandatory UMBC Health Form to University Health Services prior to the start of classes. Additionally, students must submit proof of health insurance or enroll in the University Health Insurance Plan by the required deadline. Financial charges may ensue if proof of health insurance is not submitted. For more information, contact UMBC’s University Health Services.

Submit your UMBC campus ID photo

Submit your favorite photo for your UMBC campus ID, the Retriever Card. Submitting a photo is quick and easy. You will be able to obtain your required USG ID during Orientation once you’re physically on the USG campus.

Start your Visa process to study at UMBC (International students)

Assuming you do not already have US citizenship, permanent residency, or another visa category that allows you to study in the US you will need to obtain an F-1 student visa and an I-20 from UMBC. You’ll start this process by requesting an I-20 from UMBC and then applying for the F-1 visa. Learn more about the process and know our Center for Global Engagement staff is available to answer your questions.