Transfer after One Semester at MC
Many students come to Montgomery College as “Spring Admits” to Maryland four-year institutions. Schools like the University of Maryland - College Park, UMBC, and Salisbury offer high school seniors the opportunity to enroll as freshmen in the Spring following their high school graduation. Some Spring Admissions offers are based on satisfactory completion of transferable credit classes taken at a community college. Students who have “Spring Admissions” offers should bring the admission letter to MC counselors so that the details of the offer are clear. Here are some specifics:
UMCP Spring Admits – Students are offered several choices:
- Take classes at UM through the Freshman Connection Program. These courses are taught usually in the late afternoon on campus. Freshman Connection is run by the same group that provides Winter and Summer Sessions at UM. Students who choose Freshman Connection and who do not commute must arrange for off-campus housing, which generally requires a 12-month lease. Read more about Freshman Connection here.
- Take classes at a community college in Fall, and enroll at UM in the Spring. Housing is guaranteed to Spring Admits, but be sure to follow up on your housing application to let them know that you want housing for Spring.
- Do something other than take courses in Fall. Spring Admission at UMCP is typically not dependent on performance in Fall classes, whether those classes are taken through Freshman Connection or Montgomery College. Remember, though, that your grades do matter if you take courses. Many students use this opportunity to take classes to stay on track to graduate in four years.
UMBC Spring Admits:
UMBC Spring Admission offers are usually dependent on the successful completion of 14 credits at a community college. Applications will be reviewed after the student submits a transcript from Montgomery College in early January showing Fall MC course grades. Students in this category may want to take a Summer course (three credits) at MC in the summer following high school graduation and four courses in the Fall (12 credits) to assure successful completion of the required 14 credits.
Salisbury Spring Admits:
Salisbury’s offer typically suggests that students who elect to take classes at the community college in the Fall must complete those courses with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Some final words about Spring Admits: taking classes at Montgomery College provides students with the best of both worlds. Spring Admits can concentrate on getting great grades in small classes without having to adjust to huge lecture courses and the social pressures that come with living away from home.