UMBC's campus in the fall, featuring the Library and pond.

Welcome to UMBC!

We’re excited to have you and look forward to all that you’ll achieve.

Orientation for All New Students

Orientation programs are offered online asynchronously for graduate students entering UMBC. Admitted students can access orientation through Blackboard.

1. Sign into your UMBC Blackboard account. (This will have the same credentials as your myUMBC account so make sure you have that set up first.)

2. Select “Organizations” on the left-hand side of the Blackboard dashboard.

3. Select “Organization Catalog” in the upper right-hand corner of the Organization page to search organizations in our Blackboard system.

4. Type “Graduate School Orientation” into the search bar and click “Go.”

5. Select the downward arrow next to the Organization ID and click “Enroll.” When prompted, use the access code GRADORIENTATION.

6. From the self-enrollment page, click “Submit” to enroll in the organization.

7. Navigate back to the Blackboard Organization page, and click “Graduate School Orientation.”

8. Click the “Content” tab on the left-hand side of the screen, then click “Graduate School Orientation” once again. You’re in!

International Students

The International Student and Scholar Service also sponsors a separate orientation specifically for new international students.

Departmental Orientations

Please contact your department directly to learn if they are hosting a program-specific orientation.

Shady Grove Students

Shady Grove students will receive information on orientation in Rockville.

Have questions regarding UMBC-Shady Grove orientations? Please email:

Tell us about yourself and we’ll create your custom checklist.

Select any of the buttons below that describe who you are. Then we’ll show you a customized checklist explaining exactly what you need to do to finalize your admission and prepare for the upcoming year.

Note: We use cookies to remember your progress when you leave the site. You accept the use of cookies when you begin this checklist.

Set up your myUMBC Account


Register for Orientation and Classes


Learn About Financing Your Education

Fill out your RIH Immunization Form


Complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial


Submit Your Campus ID Photo


Get a Parking Permit (if applicable)

Submit All Required Documents


Attend the Graduate School Welcome Event

Start Your Visa Process


Browse our Student Communications

Secure Housing

Attend International Student Orientation


Contact Us

UMBC’s Graduate School Office

Mailing Address

UMBC Graduate School
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD, 21250

Phone Number

Available Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

or Contact a Staff Member

Request Help

Our help ticket system is available to you 24 hours a day.

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