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Transfer Times March 2012

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Transfer Planning
USG Open House March 11th 



Transfer Planning Calendar




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

Previous Issues / Transfer Times 
  • March 12-16 MC CLOSED; Spring Break
  • April 2 Registration Begins for MC Summer Classes
  • April 23 Registration Begins for MC Fall Classes

Transfer Planning – It’s Never Too Soon!

As registration for Summer and Fall classes at MC opens just weeks from now (Summer opens April 2nd; Fall opens April 23rd), so this is an ideal time to plan out your remaining courses at MC prior to transfer.  Refer to the MC Transfer Page,, for important advising links, including Advising by Major, ARTSYS, and  Transfer Planning – Step by Step.


Universities at Shady Grove – Open House Saturday, March 11th  9 – 12 Noon

This event is free and all are welcome! Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
Click here to register
Explore 70 Degree and Certificate Programs

Talk with representatives from USG’s nine partner universities to determine the next steps towards earning your undergraduate or graduate degree. Bring your transcript for the most accurate advising!

  • Learn more about academic programs and career paths.
  • Navigate the admission and transfer process.
  • Talk with student ambassadors to discover more about life at USG.
  • Select programs will offer application fee waivers for those that apply during the Open House.

Workshops & Tours

Go in-depth at a general information workshop to get all of your questions answered.

  • Scholarships and financial aid.
  • Academic and career counseling.
  • Tips for academic success as a transfer student.
  • Veterans benefits, eligibility, and enrollment.
  • Tour USG's state-of-the-art campus and award-winning, “green” Camille Kendall Academic Center.

Transfer Deadlines - Some Continue to Roll Forward

Although many schools had a priority deadline of March 1 for applications to transfer in Fall 2012, some schools continue to accept students on a rolling basis.  Most programs at the Universities at Shady Grove continue to accept students until June.  Check with each school's admissions office to ask about the availability of transfer seats.


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 

 Find Transfer Steps, the Transfer Scholarship Page, and Advising by Major on the
MC Transfer Page

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