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Transfer Times February 2012

In this Issue:

Transfer Planning DEADLINES Calendar 

Transfer Days Coming Feb. 27-29
Deadlines NOW for Transfer Fall 2012
The Help Line:  Your Transfer Questions

Previous Issues / Transfer Times 
  • February 1st  – March 1:  Priority transfer application deadlines for many schools if you plan to transfer in Fall 2012.  Start applications sooner for maximum transfer consideration – see each school’s Transfer Admissions page.  Submit applications early, BEFORE the actual deadline!
  • February 1 to March 1:  FAFSA Filing deadline for Maryland State money and scholarship programs at most transfer schools - check with each school's Financial Aid Website for specific deadlines
  • February 27 - 29  Transfer Information Days, One at each MC Campus (see below)

Spring 2012 - Montgomery College's Transfer Information Days Schedule

Representatives from 40+ colleges and universities will be available to meet with students to answer questions about majors, the application process, scholarships and transfer requirements. ALL students are encouraged to attend - even first semester freshmen can benefit from Transfer Day.

Download Sample Questions to Ask on Transfer Day





Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Monday, February 27, 2012

10 am -
1 pm

Atrium of Student Services Building


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

9 am -1 pm

PE Physical Education Building


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

10 am -
1 pm

High Tech (HT) Building




Maximize your chance of transfer admission by meeting deadlines.   Check with each school you are considering for specific deadlines.  EARLIER is always better.  Many schools have a March 1, 2012 Priority Deadline, some even earlier, check the Transfer Admissions Page for each school of interest to you.  If you plan to apply for financial aid, also go to each school's Financial Aid Page for applications & deadlines.

Application Deadlines

  • Most institutions have different deadlines for freshman and transfer students. While some transfer application deadlines range from February 1 to June 1st, you MUST apply earlier to meet housing, scholarship, and financial aid deadlines.
  • The number of spaces at Maryland state schools for transfer students is decreasing as more students elect to stay in-state.  Apply in advance of published deadlines for maximum consideration – in general, February for Fall, August to October for Spring.  If you miss the preferred deadline for transfer admission (if was listed as March 1, and you're applying in April), call the Admissions Office of the school to ask whether they're still accepting applications from transfer students. 

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIPS by each school’s stated deadline or March 1!  

  • This means filing your FAFSA by March 1 - if taxes for 2011 have not been completed, use an estimate so that you don't miss this crucial deadline.  All Maryland state aid programs require the March 1 deadline.  Some schools have an earlier deadline.  FAFSA forms for 2012 are available now, 

Requesting a Montgomery College Transcript

In general, you'll need two copies of your transcript sent for each college application:  

  • one to be sent along with the application form, and
  • a second one sent at the end of the semester showing your final grades.  

There's a $7.00 charge per MC transcript sent.  Here's a link with directions on how to request each transcript: 

Read more about the Transfer Application Process in the January 2012 Transfer Times 

Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP's) = Competitive Majors
at the University of Maryland College Park

All students may apply for Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Limited Enrollment Programs are competitive majors at the University of Maryland that control enrollment numbers to maintain program quality. Once a student has earned 45 credits, he/she must have successfully completed a specific set of courses called "gateway" requirements. See the individual links below for specific requirements.

The following guidelines pertain to all Limited Enrollment Programs:

  • Only one 'gateway' or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once.
  • Students may apply only once to an LEP. Students who were directly admitted and fail to meet the performance review criteria will be dismissed from the major and may not reapply.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 after admission to an LEP. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major. Some programs require a higher grade point average at the 45-credit review process. These conditions are due to external accreditation requirements.

Direct Admits: Direct Admits are students admitted to an LEP as first-time freshmen. In order to continue in the major, students must successfully complete a 45-credit review. If a student is not directly admitted to an LEP, he/she will be assigned to Letters and Sciences. Students in Letters and Sciences wishing to major in an LEP will apply as internal transfer students.

Internal or External Transfer Admits: Internal transfers are students already at the University of Maryland who would like to change majors to an LEP. External transfers are students applying to the University of Maryland who would like to major in an LEP. The admissions requirements for Internal and External Transfers are the same.

External transfer students from other institutions apply to LEP's through the general application for admission to the University by indicating the major(s) of interest. With the single application for transfer admission, students are first admitted to the University and then to Limited Enrollment Program majors based on LEP standards.

New Majors at UMBC

Investigate these New Programs at UMBC!

Asian Studies  - Asian Studies at UMBC is an interdisciplinary program, emphasizing study in Asian languages (currently Chinese, Japanese and Korean), history, society and culture, gender and women's studies, literature, politics, economics, philosophy and music. Visit for more information.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor - This interdisciplinary minor will focus on promoting creativity and innovative ideas within current majors and curriculum by gathering faculty and students together who are dedicated to the ideas guiding the spirit of entrepreneurship. Visit for more information.

Game Development Track - The game development track is designed to prepare UMBC students for technical positions in one of the most in demand industries. Visit for more information.

Management of Aging Studies - The MAgS program prepares students to be leaders who will use their education to improve society by enhancing the lives of older adults. Visit for more information.  Also offered at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Public Health Track - This track prepares students for employment in the areas of health administration, research, or policy as a part of the Health and Public Policy Program with an emphasis in natural science. Visit for more information.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Teaching Track - This innovative program is committed to educating and preparing teachers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to make a difference in Maryland public P-12 schools. More information is at

Help Line

Question:  I'm applying to UMCP's Smith School of Business for next Fall 2012.  Can I apply as an Undecided student, then wait a semester and apply to Smith?  And what kind of GPA do I need to get into UM in general, and the Smith School in specific?

It all depends on when you will meet the Smith School's Gateway Courses and the number of credits you have at the time you apply for transfer.  There's only one time to get accepted into Smith, regardless of what school you attend (MC or Main Campus) - you apply to Smith in the semester when you earn your 60th credit.  The chart on the Smith Advising Page shows the pattern of courses, Gateway's etc., and describes the admissions process.   Students

Previous Issues of the Transfer Times

Find more Transfer Tips in these issues
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
August/September 2011 

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