The Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) supports the academic pursuits of undergraduate students from all colleges and programs from enrollment to graduation. Through personalized and structured programs, we provide an enriching, innovative environment in which undergraduate students learn to study effectively, achieve their academic goals, and engage in a distinctive undergraduate experience.
We invite you to explore the UAA website and learn more about the many programs and resources available to you as an undergraduate UMBC student.
~Katharine H. Cole
Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
The Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs enriches the undergraduate student experience academically, socially, and civically. Working independently and collaboratively, our units offer programs that contribute to student success and support the broader mission of the University.
Our mission is to lead and connect to the UMBC community by coordinating university-wide initiatives designed to support students toward successful completion of their academic journey at UMBC and to ensure they are prepared to meet the challenges of the future. UAA is involved in developing and revising curricula, programs, and academic policy and in fostering external relations to deliver a distinctive experience for all undergraduates.
Academic Standards and Policy Administration
ASPA is responsible for the administration of undergraduate academic policy as well as the collaborative review of petition processes to ensure timely, fair and equitable decisions in support of student success.
The Honors College is an integral part of the UMBC community, offering talented students a challenging and interdisciplinary academic program within the broader university.
Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) serves UMBC students whose interests and professional goals reach beyond the boundaries of a traditional major. In-depth advising combines with a core curriculum to help students design and implement unique, interdisciplinary degrees.
The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is UMBC’s comprehensive undergraduate academic support program. Our mission is to provide services that act as a catalyst for UMBC undergraduates to reach their academic goals and become independent, lifelong learners.
Meyerhoff Scholars Program
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and other related fields. The UMBC Meyerhoff family is strong with alumni across the nation.
Office of Undergraduate Education
The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) provides first-year programs to serve students in their initial year at UMBC. These programs are: The Discovery Scholars Living-Learning Community, First-Year Seminar, Introduction to an Honors University, New Student Book Experience, Summer Bridge Program, and Transfer Seminars.
Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program
The Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program supports students who want to be highly qualified science and math teachers. Sherman scholars are prepared to meet the needs of students from all backgrounds and to work in challenging schools in urban and other settings.
Undergraduate Research /
The office of Undergraduate Research coordinates university-wide initiatives for undergraduate students to help them understand and engage in comprehensive research, fund their projects, present and publish their scholarship and creative work, and collaborate with faculty mentors. It also provides academic programming and support to students applying for prestigious scholarships such as Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Truman, Marshall, Goldwater, and others.
The Women’s Center at UMBC advances gender equity from an intersectional feminist perspective through co-curricular programming, support services, and advocacy for marginalized individuals and communities. We prioritize critical social justice as our community value, with a deliberate focus on women, gender, anti-racism, and feminism.