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Transfer Times - October 2010

In this Issue: 

Transfer Deadlines – Meet Them!
Research Majors by Seeing “The Big Picture” 
Is there a Turtle in your Future?
Application News for UMCP & New Public Health Major 
Transfer Scholarships at Mount Saint Mary's
Transfer Advising for Engineering Majors 
Registration Dates for Winter & Spring @ MC
New Football Team & Residence Halls at Stevenson U.
Free Scholarship Conference May Mean Money for You
Study Help for Science & Math

 

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TRANSFER DEADLINES – Hitting 'Send' on Time is More Important Than Ever

Transfer admission is getting more competitive - 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 2011, apply by November 1, 2010.
> If you plan to transfer to another school next Fall 2011, apply by February 1st 2011 or earlier .
Check each school’s Admissions site for details.  You are usually considered a ‘transfer’ student if you have 12 college credits or more earned at the time that you apply (showing on your transcript with grades).  If you have fewer than 12 credits completed at the time you apply, you should discuss this with a counselor.  Students with less than 30 credits showing on their transcripts will need to submit a high school transcript and SAT scores.  Not sure about this?  E-mail a transfer counselor at MC – or see a counselor on campus. 
Paper or Online?  Online applications are preferred by most schools.  Advantage:  you can track your application’s process and quickly follow-up if any pieces of the application are missing. 

UMCP Transfer News 

The University of Maryland, College Park anticipates a very competitive 2011 transfer season.  Students who have met the 1 August priority application deadline for Spring 2011 can expect to hear their admission decision the first week in October.  Since we have discontinued rolling admission, interested students are urged to submit their applications and all accompanying documents by the regular deadline of 15 November for a decision before the holidays.

Students interested in the Robert H. Smith School of Business are encouraged to submit transcripts as soon as they become available for the admission review in early January.  

For more specific information, visit www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.asp 

UMCP OFFERS PUBLIC HEALTH AT SHADY GROVE

The University of Maryland College Park now offers the B.S. degree in Public Health Science at the Universities at Shady Grove.  The Public Health Science degree is a science-based program which prepares students to work in the field of public health at the local, state, and international level in all aspects of disease prevention, health promotion, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, and wellness, as well as a host of other public health related areas.

For more information, visit the program website http://sph.umd.edu/phs/

(This information reprinted from the University System of Maryland's Transfer Times)

SEE ALL MAJORS OFFERED at the Universities at Shady Grove: www.shadygrove.umd.edu/ 

RESEARCH MAJORS by Looking at the BIG PICTURE

As a student at Montgomery College, it’s easy to focus on the first two years of courses for a major without looking at the big picture.  To choose a major carefully, you’ll need to see what the upper-level courses look like – what will you take in your junior and senior year? 

Some schools offer charts that can help you look at course titles – Salisbury University gives students a good overview of all the courses, 120 credits, required for a degree.  Here is the full list of Salisbury’s Majors: www.salisbury.edu/checklists/undergrad.html  These are course titles for Exercise Science at Salisbury University

Here's another example of courses required at the junior and senior-level for Environmental Studies, at Shenandoah University, VA Reading upper-level course descriptions gives you the full picture of what you’ll actually be studying. 

On any school’s website, find “Academics” or “Majors” and go to the major’s page – for example, these are the 300- and 400-level course descriptions for students who study History at UM College Park: www.history.umd.edu/Programs/majWorksheet.html   Some schools will divide information by ‘undergraduate’ (bachelor’s degrees) and ‘graduate’ – master’s and doctoral degrees available after you finish your four-year undergraduate work.

You can roughly estimate that a four-year degree consists of 40 courses (5 per semester, 10 per year) – which 40 courses will you need for YOUR degree?

IS THERE A TURTLE IN YOUR FUTURE?  Register now for MTAP!

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?"  

UMBC'S TRANSFER STUDENT ALLIANCE (TSA) PROGRAM OFFERS TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS and HOUSING

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, TSA PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:
• 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:  www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/learn/tsa_mc.html

Transfer Scholarships at Mount Saint Mary's  

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmittsburg, MD, awards $2,500 scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa and  other awards based  on cumulative GPA that range from $4,000-$8,000 a year.
There are also established grants for commuters and  institutional sources for need based aid.
MSM has special programs designated  for students with the  Associate's Degree including free text books and  adjusting our core requirements to match up with your transferred courses.
 
For more information, Phone: 301-447-5214 or 800-448-4347; Email: admissions@msmary.edu

(This information reprinted from the University System of Maryland's Transfer Times)


TRANSFER ADVISING FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS 
 

Montgomery College’s Engineering Advising website is designed to provide academic program planning assistance for students enrolled in the transfer engineering programs at any of the three campuses of Montgomery College.  By clicking on the link:  “A.S. Degree Engineering Programs at MC” you will find general descriptions of the various engineering specialties as well as up-to-date information to help you to determine Montgomery College’s catalog requirements for graduation with an A.S. degree in any of the current engineering transfer programs.  The engineering curricula are designed to transfer efficiently to many highly ranked four-year schools where you can complete your B.S. degree in engineering. 
To maximize the efficiency of your transfer process we have agreements with many colleges and universities where significant numbers of students have transferred.  Click on the link: “MC Curricula for Engineering Transfer” to see optimized programs for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), George Washington University (GWU), Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). 
Click on the link for Engineering Transfer to find advice on all aspects of transfer (where, when, how).  We will also provide useful information on finding a transfer institution that best fits each student’s needs.  It is our goal to provide accurate and accessible advising to all students to help them plan for their future.

See MC's full Engineering Advising Website here:  http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department2.aspx?id=9930 

 

FOOTBALLS AND RESIDENCE HALLS AT STEVENSON UNIVERSITY 

Stevenson University (Stevenson and Baltimore MD campuses) now has a new football team, with 120 football players from in and out of state.  Stevenson football will be joining the Middle Atlantic Conference as an associate member.  The team is expected to bring great spirit to campus.     
Stevenson is currently recruiting students for a marching band to become active in fall 2011.      
Stevenson has a record enrollment this year and boasts a freshman class of 885.  In the next 30 to 60 days, Stevenson will break ground for a new stadium.  In the near future. construction will begin on two new residence halls which will be ready for fall 2011 occupancy. 
Admissions Office at 410-486-7001, toll free at 1-877-468-6852, or e-mail admissions@stevenson.edu.

(This information reprinted from the University System of Maryland's Transfer Times)

 

TRANSFER PLANNING MEANS CHOOSING THE RIGHT COURSES AT MC -
REGISTRATION DATES FOR MC WINTER AND SPRING CLASSES 

> Online Registration for Winter 2011 Classes begins Monday, November 1st; The Winter schedule will be viewable online on October 25th.    Winter Session is January 4 - 20, with classes offered at both Germantown and Rockville.  These intense courses meet for about 3 and a half hours per day - be prepared to concentrate if you choose to take a Winter course!

> Online Registration for Spring 2011 Classes begins Monday, November 15th.

 

GET HELP IN SCIENCE AND MATH! 

Part of preparation for transfer includes getting the best grades possible in courses here at MC.  Use all resources available throughout the semester to get the competitive edge.

Sources of help include:

> Montgomery College Learning Centers http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/exploremc/learningcenters.html

> Support for MA 090, 091, 101/103 - Professor Bill Witte's excellent videos:
  1. www.montgomerycollege.edu/prealgebra 
  2. www.montgomerycollege.edu/algebra 
  3. www.montgomerycollege.edu/algebra2 (you have to see the picture on this site!)
 
> Khan Academy - see the news story here to understand this free service: 
        www.khanacademy.org 

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