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Cyber Scholars Application

Thank you for your interest in the Cyber Scholars Program. In addition to the information you supplied on the UMBC Common Application, you will need to complete the Cyber Scholars application to be considered as a candidate for the program. When completing the application you will not have the option to save and return at a later time. You will need to complete and submit your application in one sitting.

Priority Deadlines

Incoming Freshmen Deadline:

January 15, 2019

Continuing & Incoming Transfers Deadline:

March 1, 2019

Please refer to the information below in preparation for completing the Cyber Scholars application.

UMBC Campus ID

The Cyber 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.

Short Answers

You should prepare short essay answers of 300 words or less. 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:

  • What are your educational and career goals?
  • Discuss any research, extracurricular, or community service activities that have been particularly meaningful to you.
  • How have you been a leader in the past, and how would you continue being a leader at UMBC?
  • Describe your experiences and/or interests related to technology, generally, and cybersecurity in particular.
  • An important part of the mission of the Cyber Scholars Program is to increase the representation of women and other underrepresented groups in the field of cybersecurity. How would you help us to achieve this mission?*
  • Why are you interested in becoming a Cyber Scholar and in what ways will you contribute to the community?
  • How did you hear about the Cyber Scholars Program?

Additional Documents

You are also free to submit any relevant documents that you believe strengthen your application. These documents can be submitted as attachments to the application. The documents must be either in an Adobe PDF format or a Microsoft Word document.


You will be required to submit two letters of recommendation addressing your suitability for this program. The letters should speak to your commitment to technology, generally, or cybersecurity. Recommendations should be from a science or technology teacher and one from someone familiar with your academic work and leadership qualities. We will accept the letters of recommendation submitted with your application to UMBC if they meet the above criteria, but your application will be considered stronger if you have letters specifically for the Scholars Program.

There are three (3) ways you may submit recommendation letters indicated below.  Please communicate with recommenders to identify their preferred method and allow enough time for a January 15 submission.

  1. Students may upload and attach an electronic version of their recommendations (jpeg, pdf, doc) using the online Cyber application.
  2. Students may provide each recommender with a Scholars Program Recommendation Form to be completed and sent by mail or fax (details on form).
  3. Recommenders may choose to personally upload the Scholars Program Recommendation Form and supporting documents via our contact form. Note recommenders are not required to be listed on the student’s Authorization to Disclose Information Form

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.

*If interested in pursuing this option, please answer the Cyber short answer question identified (*) above with a minimum of 600 words and attach to the application as an additional “Attachment” document.

This deadline has passed.