How To Apply


You will discover that curiosity and determination know no limits at UMBC. Our Collaborative culture both challenges and supports everyone to push the boundaries and make big breakthroughs. You will explore every angle academically and extend yourself as you meet friends and alumni who share your passions. Together, you will build the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in whatever you set out to do.

Linehan Artist Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000 – $22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to assist in covering tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply.

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The LAS scholarship is open to first-year students only.

Prospective scholars must first apply for admission to UMBC. For best consideration, applicants are advised of the Early Action deadline of November 1st.

To be eligible for the LAS scholarship, your intended arts major must be indicated as your first priority if you plan to declare another major.

UMBC Admission

Common Application

 High school transcript, optional standardized test scores, and recommendations. Go here for more details

Yes, you can. The final date for the Linehan Scholarship Application is January 15, 2024.

  • You must have completed the UMBC Common Application in order to access the scholarship application.
  • Check the audition and portfolio dates. Prospective scholars need to complete their Linehan application prior to their chosen art discipline’s audition/portfolio review.

Your Campus ID will be sent approx. 5-7 business days after you have submitted your Common Application to UMBC. We strongly encourage you to complete your undergraduate application before November 1.



The arts departments evaluate and select scholars on their achievement in the arts and academic preparedness.

Audition / Portfolio Review

Register for your audition or portfolio review in January (dates vary by arts departments). It is very important that you familiarize yourself with all the details and requirements uniqiue to the audition/portfolio review process of your chosen arts major. Please visit your art department’s website for more information.


Third STEP

Submit your application for the Linehan via Scholarship Retriever by January 15th or earlier, depending on the audition and portfolio review process of your chosen arts major.

The Linehan Application consists of two central questions (see below), and it asks the applicant to indicate their chosen arts major.

Linehan Application

Scholarship Retriever

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is a community of artists exploring their artistic endeavors in a university setting. How will you contribute to this community?

The Linehan Artist Scholars program emphasizes creative innovation, “out of the box” thinking, and curiosity-driven scholarly research. Describe your concept of “scholarship” when thinking about your creative process.

Fourth STEP … Attend your audition or portfolio review.


After completing your Scholarship Retriever application, ALL scholarship communication will be sent ONLY to your new UMBC email. It is very important to check this email regularly for updates.


Selection Day

Eligible applicants are invited via their UMBC email to attend Scholar Selection Day on February 24, 2024, where you will have the opportunity to hear from current scholars and faculty, learn more about the program, and complete an interview as the final step in the Scholarship process.


Successful applicants are notified via their UMBC email in March. Applicants have until May 1st to accept.


Visual and Performing Arts Living & Learning Community. Enroll and submit your housing application by May 1st.

Visual & Performing Arts

Living & Learning Community



Fall Admission
Priority Deadline: November 1*
Regular Decision: February 1

Honors College check the box on your Linehan Scholars Program application
Priority Deadline: November 1st
Regular Decision: February 1st

Financial Aid
Priority Deadline for FAFSA: March 1st


*Linehan Artist Scholars are encouraged to apply by this Priority Deadline


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