All undergraduate students at the Universities of Shady Grove (USG) are transfer students who have completed approximately 60 credits at another institution. Only 300 and 400 level courses are offered at USG, so students must complete their program’s lower level prerequisite course requirements prior to transferring.

Students interested in a program offered at USG should contact the program representative for their program of interest. Program representatives at USG are degree-specific representatives from the nine partner universities who specialize in helping students make a smooth transition from their previous institution to finishing their degree at USG. The earlier in your college career you get in touch with the program representative for your desired program at USG, the more seamless your transfer experience will be. Your program representative will be able to help you plan your first two years as efficiently as possible and ensure you have covered all of the necessary program prerequisites prior to transferring. If you’ve already earned an associate’s degree or have taken coursework elsewhere, getting in touch with a program representative is still recommended so you can work together to learn what courses you may need to still complete prior to transferring.


The Application Process

There is no separate application for USG. Students looking to enroll in a program at USG apply directly to the university offering their desired program and follow that school’s admission requirements. On the application, they simply select Shady Grove as their preferred campus.


Transfer Access Programs (MC/FCC-USG Specific)

Did you know that transferring is more than just admissions?  USG wants to help students prepare to not only get into their program but also thrive after they transfer and beyond! Transfer Access Programs (TAP) offer students currently attending Montgomery College (MC) or Frederick Community College (FCC) access to individual, major-specific pre-transfer advising and opportunities to build transfer and career readiness skills while they attend MC or FCC! 

TAPs help to create a seamless transition from MC or FCC to a program offered at USG.  TAPs are currently in place for students interested in bachelor’s degree programs offered at USG through any of the following institutions:

  • University of Maryland, College Park (Terp Transfer Partnership) (open to MC and FCC students)
  • UMBC (Raptor to Retriever) (open to MC students only)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Hawk Line) (open to MC students only)

MC and FCC students can apply to join a TAP anytime prior to their last semester at MC or FCCThe earlier students apply to join a TAP while at MC or FCC, the more benefits they will receive, including access to USG advisors and student services, customized transfer plans, and even guaranteed admission to a bachelor’s degree program after successful completion of all TAP requirements.

Whenever you transfer, will you be ready?  Let TAP help you say "yes!"


USG at a Glance

Convenient Location

USG’s location in Rockville enables local students to balance work and family life with academics.

Cost Savings

USG gives students an opportunity to earn a degree from a Maryland public university while paying reduced living and facilities costs.

Support Services

Student and academic services including internships, career advising, counseling, writing and study skills are all available on campus.


Students enrolled in programs at USG are eligible to receive scholarships from both their home university AND from USG.

Small Classes

USG is the perfect option for students seeking a smaller, individualized classroom feel. The average class size is 30-35 students.

Fun Student Life

Students at USG are sure to find their niche with 50+ student organizations and fun events on campus.