Undergraduate Orientation


8 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Have your questions answered from a variety of campus representatives from Health Services, to Parking Services and more! Learn how these and other offices can assist you in making the most of your UMBC experience. Then head upstairs and help yourself to a continental breakfast.

8:30 a.m.

Join our faculty, staff, and students as we welcome you to the UMBC community.

9 a.m.
Student Life: A Brief Introduction

Meet the staff of the Office of Student Life, your resource to navigating life outside of the classroom at UMBC.

9:15 a.m.
LIFE 101: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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

10 a.m.
TRAN 101: Making the Transition

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

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
CONN 101: Connecting Students, Family and UMBC

This “how-to” session with the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Planning will help you to keep in touch and up-to-date with academics and address additional ways you can support your student’s success.

11:15 a.m.
Life at UMBC: On and Off Campus

Whether your student is living on or off-campus, being connected to campus life is an important part of the college experience. Join Residential Life and Off-Campus Student Services staff to learn more about our vibrant residential community and off-campus living options, transportation services, ride-share programs, and more.

12 p.m.

Enjoy our a la carte lunch options and check out the Bookstore for great deals on computers and UMBC gear.

1 p.m.
SERV 101:  At Your Service: Student and Campus Resources

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

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

SPEC 299A: Financing Your Education
Student Business Services 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 Exploration and Applied Learning
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.

2:45 p.m.
Electives: Special Topics (Choose One):

SPEC 399A: Understanding a Liberal Arts Education
UMBC takes pride in its strong liberal arts tradition.  Join the Office of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising staff to 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.

3:30 p.m.
SPEC 499: Students' Perspectives

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

4 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 4 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.