Undergraduate Orientation

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Course Selection Day
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8 a.m.
Campus Resource Fair and Campus ID Photos

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. Be sure to take your photo for your campus ID, and head upstairs help yourself to a continental breakfast.

8:30 a.m.
Welcome to UMBC!

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.

Did you know rubbing True Grit’s nose will bring you good luck? Let your Orientation Peers Advisor (OPA) lead you through the many traditions at UMBC as you learn more about our campus, your student leaders, and other new students in your group!

10:30 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 2014 classes!

12:30 p.m.

Explore the all-you-care-to-eat options and meet students from other groups!

1:15 p.m.
RES 101: Finding Your Home at UMBC

Whether you are living on or off-campus, being connected to campus life is an important part of your 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.  Following the overview, you will get the answers to your specific questions about living on or off-campus.

1:45 p.m.
FIT 101: Go Fetch: Retriever Fitness

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.

2:15 p.m.
SUCCESS 101: Your Road Map: Resources for Student Success

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.

3 p.m.
INVOLEMENT 101: Find Your Place: Getting Involved at UMBC

At UMBC, you will have many opportunities to try new things and to make UMBC yours! During this session, staff from the Office of Student Life and your OPAs will lead a discussion on making the most of your experience at UMBC. You will get to meet some of your new classmates and begin to learn about some of the values we share as a UMBC community.

3:30 p.m.
UNIV 101:  Introduction to the Honors University

What does it mean to be a student at an honors university? Hear what our professors 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.

4:15 p.m.
Retriever Roundup

Reconnect with family and friends and meet other members of the UMBC community at a reception. Be sure to get Retriever Ready by picking up your Fight Song Shirt and Campus ID. Light refreshments will be served.

OPA Tips for Navigating Course Selection Day:

  • UMBC Student ID – Be sure to take your Campus ID photo today! You can pick up your campus ID at Retriever Roundup. 
  • Stop in the UMBC Bookstore for great deals on UMBC gear. Discount coupons are included in your Orientation and Advising Guide.
  • Get a jump start on our 2014 First-Year Book Reading. Stop in the Bookstore to purchase your discounted copy of Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario.
  • Parking Permit/Vehicle Registration – Beginning August 1, go online to register your vehicle and to obtain your 2014 student parking permit. Visit https://my.umbc.edu/topics/parking-and-transportation. Please make sure to also learn more about UMBC’s ZipCar options.
  • More questions? Log into our Orientation Online 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.