Undergraduate Orientation


8 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Join us for a light breakfast and meet our Orientation Peer Advisors (OPAs) – your resource and guide to navigating academic life at UMBC.

8:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff and students join the Assosciate Provost in welcoming our newest members of the UMBC community.

9 a.m.
TRAN 101: Making the Transition

Collegiate life brings new academic opportunities, challenges and experiences.  Join the Dean of Undergraduate Education in a candid discussion on important transitional issues and adjustments to academic life.

9:30 a.m.
CONN 101: Connecting Students, Family and UMBC

This "how-to" session with the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management will keep you in touch and up-to-date with academics and additional ways you can support your student's success.

9:45 a.m.
LIFE 101: Looking Back, Moving Forward

A fun and interactive session on the family dynamics during the college years.  Put your seatbelts on for this lively discussion.  Ready, set, go!

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
SERV 101: At Your Service: Student and Campus Resources

Where to go for what?  From residence life and dining services to health services, this session is your one-stop shop as the Vice President for Student Affairs facilitates this interactive panel discussion.   

11:45 a.m.
TOUR 101: Campus and Residential Tour (optional)

See for yourself what all the rave is about! Visit the hot spots that students frequent throughout their undergraduate experience.

Chew, Chat and Connect….

Enjoy lunch in True Grits, the Resident Dining Hall; check out the Bookstore for great deals on computers and UMBC gear; visit our Albin O. Kuhn Library’s numerous exhibits and special collections.

1:30 p.m.
Electives: Special Topics (Choose One):

SPEC 299A: Financing Your Education
Bursar and Financial Aid staffs share helpful information about electronic billing (e-billing), payment and financing options including payment plans, online payment options, and loans.

SPEC 299B: Career and Experiential Learning Opportunities
UMBC abounds with practical experience opportunities for your student. Staff from the Shriver Center share how they partner with your student to provide access to a variety of internships and other co-curricular experiences.

2:30 p.m.
Electives: Special Topics (Choose One):

SPEC 399A: Understanding a Liberal Arts Education
UMBC takes pride in its strong liberal arts tradition.  Academic advisors will discuss the value of a liberal arts education and the significance of the general education requirements.  Learn more about important advising tools within myUMBC and how advisors assist students in achieving their academic goals.

SPEC 399B: Healthy Living and Wellness
Health Educators and Counseling Center staff discuss with parents how the campus promotes healthy lifestyle choices.  Find out which health issues are most prevalent among students, tips on how you can help your student deal with stress and other health concerns, as well as learn about the important services offered through University Counseling Services, University Health Services and the Office of Health Education.

3:15 p.m.
SPEC 499: Students' Perspectives

An inside look at life on campus through the eyes of students.  Our OPAs share their stories and lessons learned.                       

4 p.m.
Retriever R & R

Retriever-fever is in the air! Unwind, relax, play games and trivia as well as meet True Grit, the UMBC mascot. Please be sure to purchase your Build-A-Retriever coupon in the UMBC Bookstore. Light refreshments will be served.

4:30 p.m.
Retriever Roundup

Reconnect with your student and meet other members of the UMBC community.


OPA Tips for Navigating Course Selection Day:

  • Build-A-Retriever Workshop – Stop in the Bookstore to purchase your coupon and join us for this exciting family adventure. Tickets must be purchased by 3 p.m.
  • Stop in the UMBC Bookstore for great deals on UMBC gear. Discount coupons are included in your packet.
  • Consider the “divide and conquer” approach or ask one of our Orientation staff members for assistance in selecting options and maximizing your day.