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Incoming Freshmen

UMBC offers a range of general merit scholarships to in-state, out-of-state, undocumented, DACA, and international students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $12,000. To qualify for general scholarship review, students must first be admitted to the University.

In addition to general merit scholarships, UMBC offers seven Scholars Programs based on academic interest. A separate application is required for these programs.

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Information for Freshmen Merit Scholarships:

General merit scholarships do not require a separate application!

Prospective incoming freshmen will automatically be reviewed for these awards provided timely applications for admission are filed.

Incoming freshmen should file early action admission applications by: NOVEMBER 1ST

Meeting the early action admission deadline guarantees scholarship consideration. Scholarship reviews will continue beyond the early action date if funding is still available.

Scholarship eligibility is based on:

  • Cumulative Averages
  • SAT or ACT scores (if provided)
  • Individual grades
  • High school programs (9-11th grade)

Test Optional Admissions:  Students who are unable to submit standardized test scores or choose not to submit standardized test scores for admissions consideration will be considered for merit based scholarships based on the factors outlined above.

Consideration is based upon a numerical standard and competition of the applicant pool. Eligibility is based on credentials provided at the time of application for admission. Merit scholarships are limited to fall and spring semesters for undergraduate studies only.

Students may only accept one (1) UMBC academic / merit scholarship. If offered multiple awards from separate UMBC programs or committees, students will be required to select only one award offer.

Merit scholarship recipients must maintain:

  • minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average
  • register for and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per fall and spring semesters; not including audited courses

*All recipients undergo academic reviews each semester to ensure they maintain the cumulative GPA and enrollment requirements.


Current UMBC Scholars click here for more information.
Please note: No combination of UMBC awards/scholarships can exceed the cost of attendance for an academic year.

Note to Undergraduates:  While 12 registered credits meets the minimum course load for full-time status for scholarship maintenance purposes, we encourage you to consider the many benefits of enrolling in at least 15 credits per semester (or, on average, 30 credits per year), including graduating in four years.  To learn more about strategies for on-time degree completion and four year graduation, visit Finish 15.


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Note on combining scholarships: Dollars earned on RaiseMe do not combine with Freshmen general merit scholarships; students will receive the award with the greatest value.