Undergraduate Orientation

Freshmen Course Selection Day

8:00 a.m.
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.  Be sure to stop over at the Comm_Store to get your official picture I.D. which also serves as your meal card for the day.  If you have already submitted your photo, you may pick-up your campus card in the University Center Ballroom.

8:30 a.m.

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

8:45 a.m.
UMBC 101: The Retrievers

What’s the Men’s Lacrosse team’s claim to fame?  Where in the world are the RAC, IRC, and ITE?  What distinction does Professor Michael Summers hold?  Join our OPAs for an energizing game of UMBC “Top Dawg” trivia.

9:15 a.m.
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.

10:00 a.m.
ENRL 101: 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.

11:15 a.m.
ADVS 101: 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 Fall 2010 classes!

12:30 p.m.
Chew, Chat and Connect….

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

1:45 p.m.
UNIV 101: 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.

3:00 p.m.
Campus Life and Living

Whether you are living on or off-campus, being connected to campus life is an important part of your college experience.  Join Student Life staff to learn more about our vibrant residential community and off-campus living options, transportation services, ride-share programs, and more.  Following the overview, you will get the answers to your specific questions about living on or off-campus.

3:45 p.m.
Electives: Special Topics on Work and Leisure (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: Sports and Recreational Activities
Retriever-fever is in the air!  Join us in our fitness facilities and discover the many ways UMBC students stay physically active – from individual fitness activities, intramural and club sports to Division I athletic teams.

4:15 p.m.
Retriever Roundup

Reconnect with family and friends and meet other members of the UMBC community. 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 16 and August 20 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.