B.E.S.T. Families Visit Mount St. Mary’s University and UMBC


March 20, 2018

Last week when most of our member schools were on Spring Break, B.E.S.T. 9th-11th grade students and their parents attended two college visits to Mount St. Mary’s University and UMBC.

Located just over an hour from Baltimore in Emmittsburg, MD, Mount St. Mary’s University offered families the chance to learn about the opportunities a small, rural school has to offer. Students and parents were greeted by Admission staff who gave an overview of the University as well as the application process. We spent the morning touring the campus in small groups, visiting a residence hall, academic buildings, and the library followed by lunch in the dining hall.

On Wednesday, families boarded a bus to spend the morning on the campus of UMBC. Following an Admission presentation, students had the opportunity to ask specific questions to a panel of accomplished UMBC students who shared the many ways in which they are active and engaged in campus life at UMBC – from research opportunities and leadership positions to campus jobs and internships. Some panelists even have job offers following graduation! Following the panel discussion students and parents had the pleasure of being greeted by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski who shared personal stories of the grit and determination in his own life and the tenacity and drive he sees in UMBC students who are on the path to become successful future leaders and innovators.

Thank you to the staff, students, and administrators who welcomed us and made our visit to campus a great experience!

B.E.S.T. Upper School students at Mount St. Mary’s University.

B.E.S.T. Upper School students with University President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski at UMBC.

While visiting UMBC, Peggy Bittner, Director of Programs and Alumni Relations had a chance to catch up with current sophomore, Brandi Randolph ’16 who graduated from Friends School of Baltimore. Here’s Brandi with the mascot “True Grit” getting ready to cheer on the Men’s Basketball team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.