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Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions incoming first-time undergraduates ask when applying to The University of Baltimore.
How are admission decisions made?
The admission committee reviews all documents submitted by an applicant, including transcripts, test scores, the personal statement and any other supplemental documents. GPA, rigor of course load, quality of essay and performance on standardized tests are reviewed in conjunction with one another to create an overall picture of the applicant.
Does UBalt have a test optional program?University of Baltimore will be test score optional for first-time undergraduate admission consideration for fall 2021 enrollment. Contact your personal admission counselor for additional information and plan to attend one of our information sessions. Apply now for fall 2021.
What are the average GPA and test scores for incoming first-time undergraduates?The average GPA for an incoming first-time undergraduate is 3.0 and the average SAT score is between 900-1,000 on the math and critical reading sections combined.
If I don't have a strong GPA or test score, can I still be admitted?
Students who do not have a strong GPA and/or test score can still gain admission to UBalt. These situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You should speak to your admission counselor to get more information.
Are recommendations required?
Students applying as test optional are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation. Two recommendations are required for students who are more than three years beyond high school. For all other applicants recommendations are encouraged if you feel they will strengthen your application for admission.
Are test scores optional?
Students have the opportunity to apply as test-optional. However, test scores are required for scholarship eligibility. If you have been out of high school for three or more years, test scores are not required.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The deadline for first-time undergraduate application is April 1. Applications received after this date will be considered only if space remains in the first-time undergraduate class, and the applicant is of exceptional merit. You should apply as soon as possible , as UBalt notifies applicants of admission on a rolling basis—you will receive an admission decision from us as soon as your application file is complete.
Do you have special admission requirements for internationally educated students?
If you were educated at a non-U.S. institution, UBalt may require you to submit additional testing results and documentation. Students whose native language is not English and/or whose primary mode of instruction has been non-English may be required to take an English proficiency exam. Additionally, non-U.S. academic transcripts are required to be evaluated by a U.S. credential evaluation service. We do not evaluate transcripts from non-U.S. schools.
I have an application fee waiver from the College Board or my high school. How do I apply it to my UBalt application?
To apply a fee waiver, submit the waiver form by either mail or email (as an attachment) to the Office of Admission. You will then receive a fee waiver code via email to use on the online application.
If you do not have an official fee waiver from the College Board or your high school, you can still request a fee waiver from the Office of Admission. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and waivers are awarded based on financial difficulty or special circumstances.
I have been out of high school for a long time. Are my high school transcripts still required?
All students applying for first-time undergraduate admission are required to submit their high school transcripts. The high school transcript requirement is only waived if you have a minimum of 30 transferable credits from an accredited institution of higher education.
Students who are more than three years beyond high school enrollment may be admitted without meeting the usual criteria for admission (for example, SAT/ACT scores are not required) if the admission officer in the Office of Admission determines that the individuals applying have the potential for successful college work. This determination may be made by the evaluation of successful work experiences, by essay, by portfolio assessment and/or by placement testing. A resume and two letters of recommendation are required.
I have a GED. Can I still apply for admission to UBalt?
Students with a GED or other equivalency diploma can apply for admission to UBalt. The admission committee reviews these applications on a case-by-case basis. You must submit an official copy of your GED and, unless you have been out of high school more than three years, an official SAT/ACT score. The admission committee reserves the right to request additional information before making an admission decision.
Do you accept Advanced Placement credits, International Baccalaureate credits or dual-enrollment credits?
We do accept credit for prior learning. You must submit official transcripts/scores to the Office of Admission to be awarded credit.
Can first-time undergraduates apply for summer admission?
First-time undergraduates can only apply for fall or spring admission.
Does the Office of Admission offer scholarships to first-time undergraduates?
The Office of Admission has a generous merit-award program for first-time undergraduates. Scholarship awards start at $1,000 per year and increase up to the full cost of tuition. Awards are based on your cumulative high school GPA and test scores. If you have not yet applied or received an official award, you can find out how much you could qualify for by self-reporting your GPA and test scores.We also offer the Samuel G. Rose scholarship for students who have at least 24 college credits.
I left UBalt and I want to come back, do I have to apply again?
Great question! Continuing your education with us is dependent on when you left. Please visit our readmission page to learn more and get the process started.
Do I have to attend new student orientation?
Yes. Before the start of your first semester at UBalt, you'll be required to attend orientation, a daylong program that will help familiarize you with us. You'll get connected to campus resources, meet fellow students and more. You can find more details here.
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