Hey everyone! Since it’s that time of year, when high school seniors have to commit to a college/university (UMBC’s deadline is May 4th), I thought I would post some tips. Getting accepted into college can be both exciting and frustrating; for some it can completely change the way of life. I too had to go through this process, not long ago. So, here are some things to consider before making the final decision.
1) Make sure the particular college has your intended major! Not all colleges offer the same majors, therefore it is really important to make sure that you will be able to study things that you are interested in. UMBC has 44 majors, 41 minors, and 20 certificate programs that encompass all kinds of subjects. Also, there is Interdisciplinary Studies, which allows a student to make their own major. So, basically, you can combine different classes that you are interested in and major in something unique.
2) Find a college that is affordable. Even though you have an option for taking loans, (I believe) that it’s not very wise to take a lot of loans during your undergrad career. Moreover, out of state universities tend to cost a bit more than in state universities, which can be really annoying at times. Hence, make sure to compare all your scholarships and grants!
3) Once you have shortened your list to a couple universities, try to visit them again. For example, UMBC has a New Student Day Program (April 11th, 9:30 am to 3 pm), where new students can learn more about the campus, as well as meet faculty and students from different majors and organizations! This way you get a feel for campus as an accepted student which will make it easier for you to make a decision.
4) Make sure you communicate! This is the single most important tip I have. If you are not sure about something, make sure you call the undergrad admissions offices to clear all your confusion. Even if you think you have a simple question, JUST ASK! It doesn’t hurt to ask it allows you to make informed decisions. Also, make sure you talk to your parents/guardian, counselor, friend, or some one you trust about your future and what your plans are, it will make life that much more easier.
That’s all I the tips I have for now. Hope I’ve helped in some way. I wish all accepted students good luck, and hope to see all of you in the fall!
Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting adventure in your life!