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FAQs

Questions about registering for Orientation

1. How do I register for Orientation?
To reserve your space for Orientation and Placement Testing, please complete the online registration form. When you log into the registration form, you will be able to select which dates you prefer to take your online placement tests and attend Orientation. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please call 410-455-2292.

2. How will I receive my Orientation confirmation details?
You will receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after completing your online Orientation registration. The date you select should not be considered confirmed until you have printed your confirmation information online or received it via e-mail. Closer to your scheduled Orientation program, you will also receive a hard copy confirmation with a parking pass and other important details in the mail.

3. What if I need to attend orientation on a specific date offered?
You will be provided with a list of all available dates on the online registration form. Please be aware that we cannot make exceptions to the dates that are already closed or filled to capacity. If you have any questions regarding a specific program, please call 410-455-2292.

4. What if I am unable to attend orientation?
Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Orientation is your only opportunity to register for your semester classes, and it is a full-day of opportunities for you and your family to discover everything that UMBC offers.

5. What if I need to change my assigned orientation date?
You may log back into the online registration form to make a change to you Orientation date up until three days before your scheduled program. Beyond that date, if there is emergency requiring that you reschedule your Orientation, please call 410-455-2292. Please note that once you enter the change for your original date, your original selection will immediately be available to someone else.

6. Is there a fee for orientation?
Yes—there is a one-time orientation fee of $125 that you will submit along with your $100 enrollment deposit. This fee covers the cost of orientation materials, food, and staffing. If you have not already done so, log into myUMBC to accept your admission and pay your $225 enrollment deposit and orientation fee.

Questions about the Orientation Program

1. What are the dates for Freshman Orientation?
Freshmen Orientation programs will be held on December 14, January 10, and January 25. The day begins with check-in at 8 a.m., concludes at approximately 5 p.m. and includes lunch.

2. What are the dates for Transfer Orientation?
Transfer Orientation programs will be on December 14, January 10, January 19, and January 25. The time at which the program starts varies by date. Please refer to your confirmation letter and email for details.

3. Can my family members can attend orientation with me?
Yes. There is a special Family Orientation program held in conjunction with all freshmen programs and select transfer programs. Please include your family members’ information in the “guests” section of the online orientation reservation form or call 410-455-2292 to let us know who will be attending.

4. Do I schedule my fall classes during orientation?
Yes. In addition to meeting both current and new UMBC students, faculty and staff, learning more about academic options and student life, you will meet individually with an advisor to schedule your first semester classes.

5. Where do I park for orientation?
Parking for Orientation guests is available in the Stadium Lot. You will be provided with a permit to use for the day. There will be signs on campus to direct you or you may refer to the UMBC map. The University Center is a short walk from the Stadium Lot. Please call 410-455-2292 if you need further accommodations. Check-in for orientation is located in the University Center Plaza.

6. Where can I stay the night before and/or after Orientation?
Please visit our Accommodations page for a list of selected hotels.

Questions about Advising and Majors

1. What if I have changed my mind about my major since I filled out my UMBC application?
When you check-in for Orientation, a staff member will confirm your indicated major. If you would like to change your major at that time, you may do so. You can also e-mail orientation@umbc.edu with this information prior to your Orientation day.

2. Where can I go to learn more about majors offered at UMBC?
You can start to explore majors here before attending Orientation.

Questions about Welcome Week and Living On Campus

1. What is Welcome Week and when is it held?
Your Orientation continues with Welcome Week, a week-long series of social and educational events that takes place January 29th-February 8th, 2017. Welcome Week will help you meet both new and continuing students and learn more about the many opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. It is your chance to get to know student organizations, find out more about UMBC’s recreational programs, sign up for club sports, and meet other new students.

2. When will I receive information about living on campus?
Freshmen – Information about living on campus is included in the “Step 3” section of your admission packet. If you are interested in living on campus, it is important that you submit your online Housing Application, deposit and roommate preferences as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the Residential Life Web site.

Transfer Students – Information about living on campus is included in the “Step 3” section of your admission packet. If you are interested in living on campus, it is important that you submit your online housing application as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the Residential Life Web site.