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During CSI you can experience what UMBC has to offer before the rest of the crowd arrives! You’ll meet faculty, staff and peers who can help you throughout your college career and you’ll learn your way around campus and the surrounding area. Since UMBC is located just south of Baltimore, MD and just north of Washington DC, you will get a chance to explore both of these cities through the CSI program.

Orientation & Placement Testing

Once you are admitted to UMBC, you will receive instructions regarding how to register for orientation as well as how to register for math, reading, and writing online placement tests. If you plan to participate in the CSI program, it is REQUIRED that you attend orientation during the month of June prior to the start of the CSI program in early July (see calendar for dates). To learn more about registering for orientation, please visit the Undergraduate Orientation website: http://www.umbc.edu/orientation/. (You can link the website to the word website and not list the link on our page).

It is also imperative that you complete the online placement tests: we recommend that you prepare for these tests and take them seriously as the results will be used to place you in the appropriate Math and English courses. You MUST complete the placement tests prior to attending orientation and prior to the start of the CSI program as these tests will determine if students place into MATH106 or ENGL100 which are both offered as part of the CSI program. These tests will also help you make the best choices in planning your schedule, not only for CSI, but for the fall semester. You will register for fall courses when you attend Orientation Course Selection Day, which as stated earlier, must take place during the month of June. Full details on placement testing and sample tests are provided on the Learning Resources Center website: http://www.umbc.edu/lrc/placement_test.html. (Again, you can link the website to the word website and not list the link on our page). If you need special testing accommodations because of a disability, please contact Student Support Services (link to their page: http://www.umbc.edu/sss/) at (410) 455-3250 as soon as possible.

Residential Students

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to live on campus for the six weeks of the program. However you are not required to live on campus and you may choose to commute each day. Please keep in mind when deciding whether to live on campus or commute that ALL CSI students must be on campus Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM with two required Saturday programs. Residential spaces are limited so we advise that you apply as soon as possible if you want to live on campus. Please indicate your preference to live on campus when you fill out your CSI application. Additional housing fees will apply if students live on campus. A request for housing is binding and you MUST let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to fulfill your reservation or you may be held responsible for the cost of housing. More information will be sent out to students closer to the start of CSI regarding important details for living on campus.

 

Campus ID Card

You will receive your campus ID card when you attend Orientation Course Selection Day in June. This card will be used during CSI to purchase meals and gain access to buildings on campus as well as for a variety of CSI activities. Please make sure to bring your campus ID card and carry it with you at all times.

Meals

If you plan to live on campus, you will be required to have a meal plan.  Information regarding meal plans will be posted soon.

Residence Hall Description and Roommate Information

The residence halls suites consists of two rooms joined by a connecting bathroom shared by four students of the same gender. All rooms have wireless or high-speed Ethernet connectivity, carpeting, and individually controlled heating and AC. Rooms are furnished with a bed, wardrobe or closet, desk, and chair for each person assigned to the room. Cable TV hook-up is also available in each room.

Roommate assignments are made on a random basis. Expect to live with other students of the same gender in a suite with a shared bathroom. Assignments will not be provided until program check-in day and will not be announced prior to arrival. More information will be sent to students that request housing for CSI closer to the start of the program.

What to Bring

A list of suggested items will be sent to all students closer to the start of the program. Pack only the items you will need for the six weeks. PLEASE NOTE: the CSI program ends one week prior to the start of the fall semester. All students living on campus will be expected to move out completely at the end of the CSI program and take all of their belongings home. Students will then return during move in/welcome weekend to officially move in for the fall semester. Early move in will not be available so it is essential that students plan to go home for the week in between the end of CSI and the start of the fall semester. Storage for belongings will also not be available during this time so it is essential that students plan to take their belongings with them. In extreme cases (e.g. international students), accommodations MAY be available. If you have extreme circumstances, please indicate this in your application.

Key supplies to bring include: twin size bedding, mattress cover, sheets, blankets, pillow, pillow case, towels, personal toiletries, medications, alarm clock, school supplies (pencils, notebooks, etc.), and laundry detergent. Coin-operated laundry machines are available in each residence hall.

Optional but not necessary items include: computer, printer, Ethernet cord if prefer non-wireless access, TV, DVD Player, and mini refrigerator. You will have access to computers in the library and computer labs across campus.

Items you should NOT bring: microwave (one will be provided on each floor in a lounge area), candles, incense, rice cookers, griddles, Foreman grills, pets.

Commuter Students

Campus ID Card

You will receive your campus ID card when you attend Orientation Course Selection Day in June. This card will be used during CSI to purchase meals and gain access to buildings on campus as well as for a variety of CSI activities. Please make sure to bring your campus ID card and carry it with you at all times.

Meal Plans

Meal plans are not required for commuter students but are recommended if you plan to have any meals on campus. Information regarding meal plans will be posted soon.

Parking Information

If you plan to commute to campus, you will be required to register for a parking hanger. Parking hangers are covered by student fees and will not require an additional cost to the student for the summer. Information regarding registering for a parking hanger will be sent to students that plan to commute prior to the start of the CSI program.

Welcome Event

Information regarding the start of the CSI program will be posted mid-spring. Check back for updates.

 Disability Services

Student Support Services (SSS) provides services for students with disabilities at UMBC. In order to receive accommodation services, students are encouraged to register with SSS as soon as possible. Students registered with SSS may qualify for additional tutoring, academic, and counseling services. In order to register with SSS, please contact them at (410) 455-3250 as soon as possible. Please make sure to mention that you will be registering with Student Support Services in your CSI application.  This information will be kept confidential and only accessed by the Program Coordinator.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Laila Shishineh

Assistant Director of FYE

lailams@umbc.edu | (410) 455-3737

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