Undergraduate Orientation

Transfer Course Selection Day

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

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


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

LIFE 301: Beyond the Classroom

Life on campus is full of opportunities so get a jump-start and make UMBC yours! The Division of Student Affairs provides a birds-eye view of what’s to come including Welcome Week, Fall Frenzy, Homecoming, and numerous co-curricular opportunities. The discussion continues with an overview of important resources and students’ rights and responsibilities.

LIFE 101: Community and Values

Life on campus is full of opportunities so get a jump-start and make UMBC yours!  During this interactive session, staff from the Division of Student Affairs will lead a discussion on enhancing your experience at UMBC while contributing to the campus environment. The discussion continues with an overview of important resources and students’ rights and responsibilities.

ENRL 301: Preparing to Enroll

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 the role of your academic advisor and important advising tools available through myUMBC.

ARTC 301: Articulation and Transfer Credit Overview

Our Academic Services staff provides an overview of the transfer credit evaluation process and discusses the importance of the Transfer Credit Report – an essential advising tool.

ADVS 301: Advising and Registration

Advising is perhaps one of the most important resources and tools to ensure your academic success. During this session, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your interests and goals, develop a course schedule, and register online for your classes.

Chew, Chat and Connect….

Enjoy lunch in The Commons and check out the Bookstore for great deals on computers and UMBC gear.

UNIV 301: An Introduction to the Honors University

What does it mean to be a student at an honors university?  Hear what our faculty and OPAs rate as the best strategies for assuring your spot on the Dean’s list.  Faculty will demonstrate innovative ways they are engaging students at UMBC including Blackboard communities, chats, and discussion boards.

Electives: Special Topics (Choose One):

SPEC 299A: Pathways to Graduation: Academic Advising, Internships, and Careers
When do I need to declare my major? How do I find an internship or service-learning placement? What if I don't know what I want to do for a career? Get answers to these questions and more as staff from the Office of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising, the Shriver Center, and the Career Services Center share tips for making the most of your UMBC experience.

SPEC 299B: Living on Campus
Move-in is just around the corner! When will I meet my roommate? What should I bring with me? Get the answers to these questions and find out what’s in store for you as you join our vibrant residential community.

SPEC 299C: Living off Campus
Living off-campus? Commuting from home? Join the Off-Campus Student Services staff to learn more about special programs and options including Walker Avenue Apartments, off-campus living options, transportation services, ride-share programs and more.

SPEC 399: 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.

Retriever Roundup
Reconnect with family and friends and meet other members of the UMBC community at our Retriever Roundup Reception. Light refreshments will be served.

TIPS for navigating Course Selection Day:

  • Parking Permit/Vehicle Registration –Go online to register your vehicle and to obtain your 2014 student parking permit. Visit www.umbc.edu/parking
  • UMBC Student ID –Stop by the Comm_Store (University Center) during Chew, Chat, and Connect or at the end of Course Selection Day to take your official picture ID.
  • Stop in the UMBC Bookstore for great deals on UMBC gear. Discount coupons are included in your packet.
  • More information coming soon about our 2014 First Year Book Reading.
  • More questions?Log into our Orientation On-line Chats and speak with professional advisors, OPAs, and student life staff.  Chats will be held on July 17 and August 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST).  You will receive an
    e-mail reminder on the day of the chat. For more information, visit http://www.umbc.edu/orientation/chats.html.
  • Stop by the Office of Student Life, The Commons – 2nd Floor, for more information about clubs and organizations.