UMBC Campus ID

    The Humanities application will require that you have your UMBC Campus ID. Your Campus ID will be sent approximately five to seven business days after you have submitted your Common Application to UMBC. We strongly encourage you to complete your undergraduate admissions package before November 1. This includes submission of your Common Application, high school transcript, and standardized test score results.


    You should prepare a short essay between 300 and 500 words. The application will allow you to cut and paste your answers from your word processing software into the form. The questions you will need to answer are:
    • Why are you applying to the Humanities Scholars Program?
    • What personal strengths do you believe you would bring to the program and to UMBC?

Additional Documents

    You will also need to supply a writing sample. The document must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file or as a Microsoft Word document. The writing sample should provide a formal academic piece of writing, not to exceed five pages. The sample should be one from your study of any humanities related field.

    Appropriate humanities-related subjects include: Africana Studies, American Studies, Ancient Studies, Cultural Anthropology, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Media and Communication Studies, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Philosophy, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

    It should demonstrate your critical reading and thinking skills at their best. Include the assignment instructions, name of instructor, and a brief description of the course; please do not submit your original graded assignment.

Honors College

    You may also use this application to apply for the UMBC Honors College. Admission decisions for the Honors College are determined by a separate committee. For consideration, applicants should have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale in a strong college preparatory curriculum that includes honors, Advancement Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework.