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Transfer Times April 2014

Is It Too Late to Transfer This Fall 2014?

The correct answer is:  it depends!  A few Maryland State schools have had a surge in transfer applicants over the past several years and your application for Fall 2014 may be too late.

UMCP – College Park – Applications are still being accepted, but on a space-available basis only.  Students who applied by March 1 will hear in mid-April; if you apply after March 1, you will hear a decision in very late June/early July.  The MTAP guarantee of admission only applies if your transfer application was submitted by March 1.  UMCP reports that they already received a very high number of transfer applications for Fall – more than they have space to admit.

Towson – Priority Deadline was Jan. 15th for Fall 2014; however, TU has said that as long as their Transfer Application is still accessible on the Web, you may still apply on a space-available basis.  If in doubt, call.  www.towson.edu/main/admissions/apply/transfers/index.asp

UMBC - Priority Deadline was March 15 – call to see if Transfer Applications are still being accepted.

Universities at Shady Grove – Many programs continue to admit students now and throughout the summer on a space-available basis.  Call or e-mail a Program Director to see whether transfer applications are still being accepted for Fall 2014.  List of USG Majors: www.shadygrove.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate

UMUC – Admission is on a rolling basis – applications are still being accepted.

Any other school:  Check the Transfer Admissions link on a school’s Admissions Page for deadlines and information.  If the Priority Deadline has passed, call to ask whether transfer applications are still being accepted.


Transfer Scholarships:

  1. Check the Financial Aid page of school(s) of interest to look for transfer scholarships.
  2. Watch the MC Transfer Scholarship Blog for new scholarship announcements:  mctransferscholarships.blogspot.com
  3. Google “Psychology Scholarships Maryland” or some variation to search for general awards for your major.
  4. Do NOT pay for a scholarship search program – there are many free options out there.
  5. File the FAFSA – regardless of income, most scholarship programs require you to file a FAFSA even for non-need based awards.
  6. Keep searching!  New awards are posted weekly:  mctransferscholarships.blogspot.com


Transfer Planning and General Education Courses:

If you plan to transfer to a Maryland public (state) school, your General Education Program will transfer to MD state schools without a course-by-course review.  Here is a summary of the Transfer Policy:

Montgomery College’s General Education Program meets Maryland State (MHEC) guidelines. The MHEC transfer policy assures that general education courses taken at any MD State institution will transfer to another MD State institution without the need for a course-by-course match.

For MD public schools, you do not have to fulfill General Education AREA lines on ARTSYS Recommended Transfer Program pages (RTP’s). For example, students who finish MC's General Education Requirements below for an AA degree (34 credits with a 3-credit HLTH) will have met 34 credits of UMCP (College Park)’s General Education Requirements without a course-by-course match and will need to take only 6 more credits - two courses - of General Education after transfer.

The Short Version:  If you plan to transfer to UMCP, Towson, etc., your best bet is to complete MC’s General Education Program – check off  boxes on an MC Gen Ed list – see below.  You do NOT have to match ARTSYS lines “I-Series AREA”, “Scholarship in Practice AREA”courses – instead, just be sure that you finish MC Gen Ed Program with a 3-credit Health instead of 1-credit.  For further information, read the fine print on the pages below and see a counselor!

MC General Education List:

Catalog Year 2014 - 2015 - For students starting MC Fall 2014 and after (.pdf)

Catalog Year 2013 - 2014 - For students starting MC Fall 2013 and after (.pdf) 


TRANSFER PLANNING SPOTLIGHT:  NURSING

So you want to become a nurse – join the crowd!  This challenging, rewarding major has attracted increasing numbers of students every year.  The competition is fierce for seats in Bachelor’s degree programs (BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing).  Many MC students aim for the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s program at Shady Grove (UMB-USG), making this one of the most competitive BSN programs in the area.  UMB’s School of Nursing has campuses in Baltimore and at Shady Grove.  The full-time BSN program at Shady Grove has 40 seats open every Fall and Spring, with an abundance of applicants.  Although minimum Grade Point Average’s are listed as a 3.0 overall and 3.0 for Science courses (Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Microbiology), most accepted students have a higher GPA’s, depending on the applicant pool.  Meeting the minimum GPA is not a guarantee of admission.  Read over the MC to UMB – School of Nursing Prerequisites List carefully: RecommendedCourses - MC to UMB School of Nursing 

Plan Alternate Options if you are headed toward Nursing, regardless of your GPA and TEAS test scores - a backup plan will always be helpful.  Students may find that there is slightly less competition for seats at private schools and less well-known state schools.  Others may want to consider RN to BSN programs – finish MC’s Associate of Science in Nursing can allow you to enter a degree completion program while you are employed as a nurse.  In Maryland, by the year 2020, all nurses who want to work in hospitals must have a BSN.  MC has developed strong articulation agreements with schools like GW, Drexel, Stevenson, Trinity, etc. to assure that our students will move directly into BSN completion programs (RN to BSN)

This list shows Local Options for Nursing Programs (within a 50 Mile Radius of Rockville):

NURSING DEGREE PROGRAMS WITHIN A 50-MILE RADIUS OF MC – ROCKVILLE            Updated 4/14/14

American Public University System
Charles Town, West Virginia
• Online RN to BSN Completion only  www.apu.apus.edu/academic/programs/
degree/1440/bachelor-of-science-in-nursing
Bowie State University Bowie, MD Traditional (BS) Nursing Program TrackRN to BS Program Track
Catholic University of America DC

Traditional Program  •Second Degree Program 

Chamberlain College of Nursing   Arlington,VA    3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing; • RN to BSN Option; • RN-BSN to MSN Option   # Montgomery College Agreement RN to BSN Agreement
Coppin State University
Baltimore, Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing; RN to BSN
Accelerated BSN for 2nd Degree Students
Drexel University, PA Online # MC to Drexel RN to BSN Agreement
Excelsior University, NY Online  # MC to Excelsior RN to BSN Agreement
Frostburg State University, MD Online RN to BSN
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
Nursing, Accelerated Second Degree Pathway, BSN; Nursing, RN to BSN Pathway, BSN; Nursing, Traditional Pathway, BSN
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia
ADN – BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing); ADN – BSN/MSN (Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing) ;  # Montgomery College RN to BSN Agreement
Georgetown University DC Nursing - Traditional  Nursing - Second Degree
Hood College   Frederick, Maryland Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (RN to BSN)
Howard University DC Basic – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, LPN to BSN, RN to BSN.
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
Summer-Entry Accelerated; Fall-Entry Accelerated; Accelerated BS to MSN with Paid Clinical Residency; BS to MSN
Marymount University
Arlington, Virginia
B.S.N. program; Accelerated B.S.N. for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field; Hybrid online R.N.-to-B.S.N. program
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD BS Nursing

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Baltimore, Maryland

Nursing – BSN; RN to BSN
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
BSN   RN to BSN 
MC to Shepherd General Transfer Agreement
Sojourner-Douglass College
Baltimore, Maryland
RN to BSN
Stevenson University
Stevenson, Maryland
RN to BS program; BSN;
 # Montgomery College Agreement RN to BSN
Towson University
Towson, Maryland

Nursing Basic Program (BSN); RN to BSN; Associate to Bachelor's (ATB)

Universities at Hagerstown:  Nursing Basic Program; Registered Nurse Degree Completion Option (RN to BS)

Trinity Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia
Pre-Licensure Nursing, and  R.N. to B.S.N. Nursing
 # Montgomery College Agreement RN to BSN
University of Maryland-Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Main Campus: BSN; RN-to-BSN Universities at Shady Grove:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Basic Option); (RN to BSN/MS Completion Option)
U of Maryland, University College (UMUC) Online RN to BSN
U. of the District of Columbia
Washington, District of Columbia
RN to BSN
Walden University Online  # Montgomery College Agreement RN to BSN
Washington Adventist University
Takoma Park, Maryland
Nursing (BSN)

#Indicates that Montgomery College has a preferred admissions agreement for students to move directly from MC’s RN to BSN – see links for details or find Transfer Agreements List @ www.montgomerycollege.edu/transfer

Find updated information for Nursing on the MC Transfer Page (www.montgomerycollege.edu/transfer– click on Advisingby Major, then Nursing.


ENROLL NOW IN MTAP – the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program

Now, more than ever, ALL students new to Montgomery College should enroll in MTAP if they want to keep UMCP open as a possible transfer school later down the line.  The Online MTAP Application is now available on their website: www.uga.umd.edu/requirements/MarylandTransferAdvantageProgram.php 

The MTAP guarantee of admission is only for students who apply by the Priority Transfer Deadlines (March 1 for Fall, August 1 for Spring).  Even students hoping for Limited Enrollment Programs ( www.lep.umd.edu ) (competitive majors) should still apply to MTAP to take advantage of the ability to take a class at UM (3 max) and receive special advising messages.  Bottom line:  enroll in MTAP regardless of your transfer plans, just to keep the door open to UMCP later.  June 1 is the next MTAP deadline.


Transfer Student Alliance - TSA University of Maryland, Baltimore County www.umbc.edu/TSA 

TSA offers MC students a guaranteed scholarship of $1,500 for each of two years of full-time study for students who graduate from MC with a 3.5 overall GPA
TSA Benefits Apply to the Main Campus and UMBC @ the Universities at Shady Grove:
▪ Access to UMBC facilities and campus services, including the libraries and computer laboratories.
▪ Student activities, including cultural and recreational opportunities.
▪ Concurrent enrollment at a 25 percent tuition discount for one UMBC course per semester (a total of 3 discounted courses).
▪ A $1,500 merit scholarship for each of two years of full-time study. This award can be accepted w/other UMBC merit awards.

Requirements: ▪ Apply in the first year at MC – after earning 12 credits with a 3.2 GPA and before completing 30 credits. Students who anticipate having at least 12 credits and a cumulative 3.2 GPA by the end of the current semester should apply by January 1 to participate in program benefits for the following spring semester, or by May 1 for the following fall semester. ▪ Complete an associate’s degree with a minimum cumulative 3.5 composite-GPA within four years of TSA enrollment.


SEE OTHER GREAT MC TRANSFER PARTNERSHIPS HERE on the MC Transfer Agreements Page!


Universities at Shady Grove News

  • Did you know – USG offers over 20 full tuition scholarships and more than 30 other awards IN ADDITION to institution-specific scholarships?  Students fill out one application, due in June, to be considered for USG general awards:  www.shadygrove.umd.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships  

  • Most USG programs continue to accept students on a rolling basis until seats are filled, including the Smith School of Business and most other majors.  This great page describes all USG Majors:  www.shadygrove.umd.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate  

  • Terp Transfer Partnership (TTP)  
    So you want to be a Terp but don’t want travel to the College Park campus for classes? The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), located in Rockville is your solution to convenient access to select University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) degree programs. MC students that successfully complete The Terp Transfer Partnership (TTP) are guaranteed admission to select UMCP programs.Participants of the TTP program may also receive a scholarship that can be applied to the first year of classes at USG. MC students who take part in theTTP will receive priority onsite advising to seamlessly transfer from MC to one of the select UMCP programs listed below.
    • B.S. Biological Sciences 
    • B.A. Communication
    • B.A. Criminal Justice and Criminology
    • B.S. in Public Health
    • The Robert H. Smith School of Business; Accounting, Management,Marketing, and International Business*
    Make the dream of becoming a Terp a reality by participating in the Terp Transfer Partnership! If you would like more information about the requirementsto participate, you may e-mail Amandalynn Green at agreen16@umd.edu or Justin Edgar at jedgar@umd.edu.

Transfers Take Planning!  Schedule an appointment to see an MC Adviser through Starfish!
Registration for Fall 2014 opens Monday, April 28th.

For Previous Issues of the Transfer Times and Transfer Planning Resources,
go to www.montgomerycollege.edu/transfer

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