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Prospective Transfer Students

Transfer Central 

Are you considering transferring to UMBC? We’ve created Transfer Central to help you plan your transfer journey. Our tools can help you explore how your credits will transfer and the progress you’ve already made toward the degree (or degrees) you may be considering, learn more about how to finance your investment in a UMBC education, and discover the resources we have to support you here on our main campus and at our Shady Grove location.

Planning Your Transfer

While UMBC does not require specific courses to transfer, there are tasks you can complete prior to transfer which can help shorten your path to graduation. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers general suggestions to help you and your transfer advisor determine the best path to UMBC.

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are considered to be students who have competed a minimum of 24 college-level credits at an institution of higher education after receiving a high school diploma or a GED. Please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for application information and important deadlines.

Transfer Student Alliance

The Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) is a member benefit program for students intending to complete an associate degree at a Maryland community college prior to transferring to UMBC. From day one, TSA members enjoy a number of benefits at both UMBC’s main campus and UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.

Four-year Academic Pathways

Use the four-year academic pathway as a resource for major exploration and development of an individualized degree plan.

First Year Experience Transfer Opportunities

Making it in to UMBC is only the first step – now you have to do everything you can to be successful. Take advantage of the many opportunities and supports to help you make the most of your academic experience.

Incoming Transfer Scholarships

UMBC offers competitive merit scholarships for incoming Maryland community college transfer students, including undocumented and DACA students. Transfer scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishment as well as timely and complete application. Students may collect either the AAAT or the PTK award, but not both. Merit scholarships do not require separate application.


Students with completed coursework at UMBC as degree-seeking undergraduates who have interrupted continuous registration for two or more regular semesters, and who left UMBC in good academic standing, may apply for readmission in order to return. (Students whose most recent enrollment at UMBC ended with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 must apply for reinstatement.)