MAKE CONNECTIONS & MEET NEW FRIENDS BEFORE YOUR FIRST YEAR BEGINS.
Incoming students have four options to connect with other incoming students in addition to their Orientation program.
1. FRESHMEN OVERNIGHT ORIENTATION
You know you are ready for college, but are you ready for UMBC? Join us for this special overnight Orientation session to get a real sense of what being a UMBC Retriever will mean to you! You will stay overnight on campus in a residence hall room, be able to check out the campus eateries, spend time with current students to hear their stories, and get a chance to get off campus and explore the Baltimore Inner Harbor! On Day 2, you will meet with an Advisor and register for your classes, get your Campus ID, and connect to campus resources.
Dates: TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 12pm – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 at 5pm
Cost: $75 (includes all meals, lodging, transportation during program, and activities)
**You MUST attend the June 21 Orientation program to participate in this program.**
2. FRESHMAN EXCURSION
The Freshman Excursion allows a small group of first-year students to build group values, trust, and problem-solving skills with their new classmates in a fun outdoor setting.
Dates: WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 – FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 (3 days/2 nights)
Cost: $250 (includes all meals, lodging, transportation, and activities)
Where: Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, VA
Wednesday, July 19
8:30 a.m. – Introductions & Depart UMBC for Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, VA
10 a.m. – Arrive & begin teambuilding activities
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Teambuilding/Zipline
6:00 p.m. – Dinner in Lodge
7:30 p.m. – Campfire & Evening Activities
Thursday, July 19
8:30 a.m. – Wake up, Breakfast & Pack Bag Lunch
9:30 a.m. – Your choice of Paddling or Caving Activity
6:00 p.m. – Dinner in Lodge
7:30 p.m. – Evening Activities
Friday, July 21
8:30 a.m. – Wake up, Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Depart for UMBC
3. A DAY IN BALTIMORE
Spend a day exploring some of the less-explored attractions of Baltimore, such as the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM) and Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI)! This excursion will allow you to meet other incoming and current UMBC students and make new friends.
Date: FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017 from 9am-4pm
Cost: $40 (includes lunch, transportation, and activities)
Who: Open to incoming Freshmen and Transfer students
4. A DAY AT GENESEE VALLEY
New students will get to participate in the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center challenge course, which is one of the largest of its kind in the country, comprised of over 60 low and high ropes course elements. Genesee Valley staff will lead our group of new students in a variety of team building challenges, group games, and debrief reflections. This is a great opportunity to meet other incoming UMBC students and make new friends!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 from 8am-5pm
Who: Transfer Students and Residential Freshmen
Cost: $50 (includes lunch, transportation, and activities)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017
Who: Commuter Freshmen
Cost: FREE – sign up for this program is at ocss.umbc.edu
Please note: Payment is required to confirm your space in an Excursion. If a student becomes unable to attend an excursion a refund can be issued. Refunds take 2-4 weeks to process and there is a $10 processing fee that will be deducted from the total fee.
**Financial assistance may be available for each of these programs. Please email Claire Eckenrode at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.**