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First-Year Experiences Archives

Need a Culture Credit?

There is still time to add GES 102Y Human Geography. This four-credit course meets the culture requirement and includes a weekly Honors University section for students in their first year at UMBC (freshmen and transfer students) Add via myUMBC. GES 110Y Physical Geography and or GES 120 Y Environmental Science and Conservation meet the science general education requirement.

The Translator: Campus-Wide Discussion

The New Student Book Experience welcomes all members of the campus community to read and discuss The Translator by Daoud Hari, this year's campus book. The book discussion gives new students the opportunity to meet other incoming students and make connections with faculty. Discussions will take place during Welcome Week on Monday, August 30th from 11:00AM - 12:00PM and will continue in fall and spring English 100 classes. For more information:

Great Way to Get Science Credit

New to UMBC? There is still time to add GES 110Y Physical Geography to your schedule for this fall. This four-credit course includes a weekly Honors University section for students in their first year at UMBC (freshmen and transfer students) Add via myUMBC. GES 110Y Physical Geography meets the science,non-lab, general education requirement.

New to UMBC?

Find out what the Office of Undergraduate Education can do for you. This Open House is for students new to UMBC. Learn about helpful first-year experiences, research opportunities open to new students, and pathways to outstanding academic success. Thursday, September 2 at 4 p.m. in Administration Building Room 911. .

Math Lab and Writing Center: Where did they go?

The Math Lab and the Writing Center are two of the best UMBC resources for students.Drop in for help with formulas, functions, & beyond.Walk in with your next writing assignment for any class and get advice on how to make it shine. But where are they? Starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14 the Math Lab and the Writing Center can be found on the first floor of the library, just behind the glass quiet area. If you prefer a regular appointment with a tutor to help you understand your class, go to and sign up for a tutor. Tutoring takes place in Academic IV B-wing, room 345. For A students and those who want to be: The Learning Resources Center.

Did you Like The Translator

The Translator by Daoud Hari was the New Student Book Experience (NSBE) book for 2010. Did you like it? Was it a good choice for welcoming new students to intellectual life at UMBC? What book would be just as good or better? Each year the book for NSBE is selected from nominations by students, faculty and staff. Review the goals and selection criteria for NSBE and nominate your favorite book today.

Suggest the next campus book on Facebook

What should new UMBC students read next year? Nominate the book you think would be best for the New Student Book Experience. Now you can nominate on Facebook. Once you suggest a book, you can choose to post your suggestion on Facebook and ask your friends to also suggest books. New students this year really liked The Translator. Can we find something just as engaging for next year? There is also a non-Facebook online form for nominations.

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