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Anonymous wrote:OP has clarified that they are not the Purdue poster.

No one here owes someone answers. If you choose to give suggestions, then that's a gift. You don't get to demand something in return.

OP is clearly overwhelmed and focusing on her kid right now. She's been clear that she's talking through options with her kid, who is the person she needs to be talking to right now. If it's helpful for her to update us and get more advice, she can. But she has no obligation to do so. Being mad at her because she isn't answering your questions, or accusing her of having mad another post is bizarre.


OP here. I do not know who wrote this but thank you. I would share that we added Pitt and Mount St Mary's University. I will share more when I feel like so. Thank you all but this is for sharing knowledge and know that I appreciate the effort of this community. This is not a forum to demand returns on that knowledge.


I know several kids at MSM and they are universally really sweet kids. The kinds of kids who are inclusive and very down to Earth. I bet your daughter would make wonderful friends there.


We toured and it is a great option. DD who has 3.9 W, TO, was admitted with 32K merit and 2.5K housing grant (not need based). Putting it in around the same cost as in-state for us with zero need. OP you should get great news from them soon. Good luck!
Anonymous
OP, my DS got into all of the schools he applied to except for UMD, which was the only one he really wanted to go to.

For financial reasons, he is probably not going to any of the other schools (they are all OOS schools, and one has already given him $ (just not enough); the rest are waiting on FAFSA).

He did apply to UMBC on 2/1 but he told his guidance counselor that he refused to apply to any more schools beyond that (she wanted him to look at Binghampton too).

Our current plan is to have him live just off-campus at UMD and either go to CC or UMBC for a year, then transfer to UMD. That way, he can get involved in UMD's student life (we'll get him on a meal plan there) and will have the full college experience, even if it's not THAT college's full experience the first year. There are other people in our community (in Montgomery County) who have done/are doing the same thing.

We didn't look at some of the other suggested schools partially because he's not going to be a STEM major and partially for religious reasons.

Good luck!
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:OP, my DS got into all of the schools he applied to except for UMD, which was the only one he really wanted to go to.

For financial reasons, he is probably not going to any of the other schools (they are all OOS schools, and one has already given him $ (just not enough); the rest are waiting on FAFSA).

He did apply to UMBC on 2/1 but he told his guidance counselor that he refused to apply to any more schools beyond that (she wanted him to look at Binghampton too).

Our current plan is to have him live just off-campus at UMD and either go to CC or UMBC for a year, then transfer to UMD. That way, he can get involved in UMD's student life (we'll get him on a meal plan there) and will have the full college experience, even if it's not THAT college's full experience the first year. There are other people in our community (in Montgomery County) who have done/are doing the same thing.

We didn't look at some of the other suggested schools partially because he's not going to be a STEM major and partially for religious reasons.

Good luck!


I'm very curious about this approach because I could see my son wanting to do something similar with UMD. I'm wondering how feasible it is to integrate into the campus at all this way in that first year though, if you're not joining studen my clubs, living in the dorms, taking classes on campus, etc?
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Anonymous wrote:OP, my DS got into all of the schools he applied to except for UMD, which was the only one he really wanted to go to.

For financial reasons, he is probably not going to any of the other schools (they are all OOS schools, and one has already given him $ (just not enough); the rest are waiting on FAFSA).

He did apply to UMBC on 2/1 but he told his guidance counselor that he refused to apply to any more schools beyond that (she wanted him to look at Binghampton too).

Our current plan is to have him live just off-campus at UMD and either go to CC or UMBC for a year, then transfer to UMD. That way, he can get involved in UMD's student life (we'll get him on a meal plan there) and will have the full college experience, even if it's not THAT college's full experience the first year. There are other people in our community (in Montgomery County) who have done/are doing the same thing.

We didn't look at some of the other suggested schools partially because he's not going to be a STEM major and partially for religious reasons.

Good luck!


This seems like a pretty good approach. I am curious why you would go to UMBC vs. Montgomery College...just because Montgomery College is more convenient to College Park (I think?), especially if you can take your classes at the Silver Spring campus.

I assume the transfer policy is the same? Do you get automatic transfer to UMD after one-year assuming you keep a minimum GPA?
Anonymous
I'm PP from 2/6/24 10:15 (the one whose kid is most likely going to MC while living off-campus at UMD, then transferring to UMD).

Katie Kluetz (NOT pronounced like klutz; include the e in your pronunciation!) is the MC Transfer POC at UMD (her e-mail address is actually mcpretransfer@umd.edu). Her goal is to help your kid transfer to UMD and ensure that they take classes at MC that will count toward their bachelor's degree at UMD.

I highly recommend that you research whether or not this is a good program for your kid. There are two options (these are a bit simplified, but they are overall correct):
- If your kid gets 30 credits and has a 3.0 GPA at MC, they can gain admission as a transfer
- If your kid gets an AA degree at any MD community college, they are allowed to transfer to any USM school

My son already knows what major he wants, so she gave him a list of classes to take at MC in order to have a smooth transition.

My understanding is that kids at MC can take advantage of the UMD Rec Center and many other amenities on campus. I'm sure that the website has information, but I haven't looked (I already went to college and am not looking for another college experience, lol).

Since he won't have a car and public transportation would take 2 hours from College Park to UMBC, we're leaning heavily toward MC.

Good luck to everyone! Ultimately, it doesn't really matter where they go; it matters what they do with their knowledge.
Anonymous
Why not both live at and also attend UMBC ? DC might actually like it. I must be missing something here…
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Why not both live at and also attend UMBC ? DC might actually like it. I must be missing something here…

This! Don’t count UMBC out without even giving it a chance.
Anonymous
Anonymous[b wrote:]OP[/b], my DS got into all of the schools he applied to except for UMD, which was the only one he really wanted to go to.

For financial reasons, he is probably not going to any of the other schools (they are all OOS schools, and one has already given him $ (just not enough); the rest are waiting on FAFSA).

He did apply to UMBC on 2/1 but he told his guidance counselor that he refused to apply to any more schools beyond that (she wanted him to look at Binghampton too).

Our current plan is to have him live just off-campus at UMD and either go to CC or UMBC for a year, then transfer to UMD. That way, he can get involved in UMD's student life (we'll get him on a meal plan there) and will have the full college experience, even if it's not THAT college's full experience the first year. There are other people in our community (in Montgomery County) who have done/are doing the same thing.

We didn't look at some of the other suggested schools partially because he's not going to be a STEM major and partially for religious reasons.

Good luck!



for those of you talking to OP that was Jan 1 of this year. they are long gone
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