UMBC will be test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on high school students’ ability to access standardized admissions tests (SAT/ACT), UMBC’s undergraduate admissions will be test-optional for Fall 2021.

This will provide students the opportunity to apply for undergraduate admission with or without standardized test scores. In both cases, students will receive full consideration for admissions, merit scholarships, and other opportunities.

Sign on a pole reads "Welcome to our community of inquiring minds" with UMBC logo.
Sign on UMBC’s main campus.

UMBC’s holistic admissions program

UMBC’s holistic review of applicants for undergraduate admission considers a number of factors. These include grade point average, academic trend, strength of curriculum, personal statement, letters of recommendation, other achievements, and standardized test scores (if provided). 

The test-optional program for the coming year is “about offering prospective students maximum flexibility,” says Yvette Mozie-Ross ’88, health science and policy, vice provost for enrollment management and planning. “This flexibility ensures that circumstances beyond our prospective students’ control do not present barriers to pursuing a top-notch education.”  

Yette Mozie-Ross with UMBC mascot True Grit and students in 2019
Yvette Mozie-Ross at a 2019 UMBC spirit event.

Resources for applicants

Students considering applying to UMBC are encouraged to explore campus virtually. UMBC’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts also give a view into campus life and university news.

UMBC offers Frequently Asked Questions for information on how COVID-19 might impact the application and enrollment process. And students can also reach out to with any questions.

To be considered for undergraduate admission, students should submit an application and all required documents by November 1 for Early Action and February 1 for Regular Decision. 

Two students walk near the library pond, one in a red shirt and one in a black shirt with UMBC athletics logo.
UMBC students walk from Academic Row toward UMBC Library.

Header image: UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. All photos by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.