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Transfer Times September 2010

In this Issue:

Transfer Information Days at MC
Applying for Transfer - Deadlines Matter! 
Transfer Planning - It's Not Too Early to Start!
Don't Miss News and Deadlines Follow Us on Facebook!
Free Scholarship Conference October 30, 2010 
Finding Transfer Scholarships Takes Planning Now
Do You Know the Top Ten Majors? 
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Date Campus Time Building

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Takoma Park / Silver Spring

10 am - 1 pm

Student Services SS Atrium

Wednesday, Sept. 29


9 am - 1 pm

Physical Education PE

Thursday, Sept. 30


10 am - 1 pm

High Tech HT Lobby

Representatives from over 40 colleges and universities will be available to meet with students to answer questions about majors, the application process, scholarships and transfer requirements.


Transfer admission to all Maryland public schools has become increasingly competitive. U. of MD - College Park, Towson, UMBC, and Salisbury, among others, have reported dramatic increases in transfer applications for Fall 2010.   All Maryland state-supported schools have seen a rise in MD residents who previously went to out-of-state schools; these students are transferring back to MD system schools for economic reasons. The result: greater competition for transfer student seats.

Because transfer admission has become so competitive and space is limited, all students are encouraged to apply for transfer admission to any school well BEFORE the transfer deadlines posted.

> If you plan to transfer to another school this Spring 2011apply by October 15th 2010 .

> If you plan to transfer to another school next Fall 2011apply by February 1st 2011 or earlier .



(Don't) FEAR THE TURTLE!  If You're UMCP-Bound, Enroll in MTAP NOW!

The Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) guarantees transfer admission to Montgomery College students who complete 30 or more credits including EN 102/109 and MA 110 or higher and who have a 3.0 grade point average (for all majors except those with more competitive requirements, aka Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP's).  See the list of UMCP Majors here (with LEP's on the right).

MTAP students are invited to participate in advising information sessions for all majors while enrolled at MC, and they have opportunities to take courses at UM at a reduced price while enrolled as students at MC.

MTAP is FREE - for further details regarding the requirements & benefits of this program, go to the

            MTAP Maryland Transfer Advantage Program Website.

            Download the MTAP Application Form 

NOTE that on the MTAP Application Form, you need to complete Item 16"Why I want to participate in the MTAP Program" (this statement can be brief, but it must be completed!).  Turn in your MTAP Form to any MC Admissions Office - Montgomery College will then attach your transcript to the MTAP Form - you do not need to request a copy of your transcript.   

For more information on transferring to UMCP, you can also watch "So You Want to Be a Terp?" 



• Guaranteed transfer admission to UMBC.
• Guaranteed on-campus housing upon initial matriculation at UMBC (students may re-contract for housing for subsequent years of study). Eligible students may re-contract for housing for subsequent years of study, per the established deadlines of the UMBC Office of Residential Life
• A $1,500 merit scholarship for each of two years of full-time study. This award can be accepted with other UMBC merit award offers. 

For requirements, an application and other TSA information: 

Montgomery College's Fifth Annual College Scholarship Conference



Saturday, October 30, 2010
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Universities at Shady Grove 
* New location
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD  20850


Conference Information & Activities

   Scholarship Information
   Transfer Information

   Financial Aid Information
   Information Tables
   Student Panels
   Representatives from Regional Colleges and Universities

Co-sponsored by Montgomery College, The Universities at Shady Grove, and the Gazette.

Online pre registration is required.

Registration begins September 15, 2010.

Questions? Contact conference organizers The Transfer Scholarship Coordinating Committee at

TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS - Make Yourself an Attractive Scholarship Candidate

Merit scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of academic, athletic or artistic merit, in addition to special interests. Some merit scholarships also consider financial need, but rewarding talent is the goal of many programs.   Programs want students who have "demonstrated academic excellence and have leadership qualities."  So how do you get there?
  • Get involved in activities!  Join student clubs, take on leadership roles, look into internships, community service, volunteer work...  Look for ideas @ your campus's Office of Student Life.
  • Take challenging courses!  Honors classes (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 required) allow you to demonstrate your academic ability and cultivate relationships with professors.  In regular classes, get to know your professors.  They are the people who will write letters of recommendation on your behalf.  Choose classes with the assistance of an MC counselor - don't self advise!
  • Look at small, private colleges and universities in addition to state schools.  Small, private schools often offer more generous awards to students than do state schools.  
  • Consider other specialized schools, such as women's colleges and historically black colleges and universities where there may be additional opportunities.
Finding scholarship money takes time and effort.  Begin your search now at the MC Transfer Scholarship Page.

Transfer Planning - One Step at a Time

Step 1: Seek assistance each semester - do you know how, and when, to find an adviser?     

Step 2 Take General Education courses - this page includes a list of the most transferable courses

Step 3: Choosing courses for specific majors/schools - ARTSYS and more

Step 4: Explore majors - get help with this complicated decision!

Step 5: Search for colleges  - find links to free online searches here

Step 6: Research admission requirements - how many credits and what GPA will get you in the door?

Step 7: Choosing schools - tips for narrowing down your list

Step 8: Apply - What do I need to do in terms of essays, recommendations, & transcripts, and WHEN?

Step 9: Search for ways to pay 

Step 10: Make the transition  

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Transfer Planning - It's Not Too Early to Plan Your Escape

Montgomery College prides itself on preparing students for a smooth transfer to four-year schools.  Whether you stay one semester, one year or two years, we can help you line up your credits for a successful transition to a bachelor's degree.  Find out everything you need to know, from how to choose a school to how to plan your courses for a specific major, by following the Steps to Transfer on the MC Transfer Page.  Head there now at

What are the 10 Most Popular Majors?  Check here for a list.

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