All students apply to UMBC through our Undergraduate Admissions office. At the time of application students may designate any major.
All Freshmen who declare an interest in Engineering or Computer Science at the time of application are admitted to the University as a Pre-Major. You will be admitted as Pre-Chemical Engineering, Pre-Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Computer Engineering, or Pre-Computer Science. Students may also chose Pre-Engineering if they are undecided about which Engineering discipline they want to pursue.
At the time of application Transfer students’ transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility for our programs. Please see the Transfer Students page for more information on this process.
After orientation any student who is eligible for our majors and does not have a math placement into MATH 151: Calculus I or transfer credit/ AP credit of Precalculus or higher will be designated as Undergraduate Studies (UGST), COEIT Prep. Students with a math placement of Calculus I or AP credit for Precalculus or higher will remain a Pre-Major. All students with UGST, COEIT Prep or Pre-Major designation will be working on major and general education requirements during their first semesters at UMBC. Students who are designated UGST, COEIT Prep will be moved to Pre-Major status once they have successfully completed MATH 150: Precalculus.
Students will be admitted to the major after they have passed the Gateway requirements for their respective major. Full acceptance into the major generally occurs within the first two years of enrollment. Please see Gateway Requirements, Sample Four Year Plans, and departmental websites for additional information.