Skip to Main Content

What are Dawg Days?

Get connected to UMBC before your first year begins! Dawg Days are designed to assist students with their transition to the UMBC community. Every Dawg Days program engages students in a variety of fun and dynamic activities and allows participants to meet other incoming students and current campus leaders.

We have FOUR Dawg Days programs that students can choose from:

1. DAWG DAYS: Basecamp

Combine your Orientation program with this unique on-campus overnight experience! Whether you will be living on-campus or commuting in the Fall, UMBC is going to become your new Basecamp! Dawg Days: Basecamp will allow you to get a real sense of what life is like as a Retriever!

On Day 1, you will participate in a variety of fun and dynamic activities that will connect you with other new students and the UMBC campus. You will also stay overnight in one of our residence halls! On Day 2, you will go through Orientation, where you will meet with an Academic Advisor, register for your classes, and connect to campus resources and leaders.

What does Dawg Days: Basecamp offer that a 1-day Orientation doesn’t?!
– Opportunity to meet students in your major
– Additional time for schedule exploration and planning
– Fun evening activities, including some UMBC signature events- Glow Dodgeball and Trivia
– Overnight stay in one of our residence halls

Dates: Tuesday, June 19 at 12:00 pm – Wednesday, June 20 at 4:00 pm
Cost: $50 (includes all meals, lodging, and activities)
Who: Open to all incoming Freshmen


2. DAWG DAYS: Expedition

Dawg Days: Expedition allows a small group of first-year students to build group values, trust, and problem-solving skills in a fun outdoor setting.

Dates: Saturday, July 21 – Monday, July 23, 2018 (3 days/2 nights)
Cost: $175 (includes all meals, lodging, transportation, and activities)
Who: Open to all incoming Freshmen
Where: Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, VA

Saturday, July 21
8:30 a.m. – Meet at UMBC & Depart for Hemlock Overlook
10:00 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

Sunday, July 22
8:30 a.m. – Wake up, Breakfast, & Pack Bag Lunch
9:30 a.m. – Kayaking and/or Rock Climbing Activity
6:00 p.m. – Dinner in Lodge
7:30 p.m. – Campfire & Evening Activities

Monday, July 23
8:00 a.m. – Wake up, Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Depart for UMBC


3. DAWG DAYS: Transfer Experience

Spend the morning participating in the ultimate high-ropes challenge course, with three levels taking you up to 40 ft. in the air, at Terrapin Adventures in Savage, MD. Then, take the plunge and feel the excitement of 2 G’s of thrills on their Giant Swing. Afterwards, we will head to Baltimore for lunch and then explore the eclectic American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM)! This program is designed for incoming Transfer students to get to know each other in a fun and relaxed setting.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $40 (includes lunch, transportation, and activities)
Who: Open to all incoming Transfer students


4. DAWG DAYS: Adventure

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. In the morning, Genesee Valley staff will lead our group of new students in a variety of team building challenges and games. In the afternoon, students can choose to participate in 1 of 3 high elements. Fly across over water zip lines, take on the high ropes static course (a series of obstacles from tree to tree), or challenge yourself with a unique climbing activity. This is a great opportunity to meet other incoming UMBC students and make new friends!


Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Who: Incoming Residential Freshmen
Cost: $40 (includes lunch, transportation, and activities)

Saturday, August 25, 2018 (Tentative)
Who: Incoming Commuter Freshmen
Cost: FREE – sign up for this program is at


How Do I Register for a Dawg Days program?! Students can register through the online Orientation reservation system.


Please note: Payment is required to confirm your space in a Dawg Days program. If a student becomes unable to attend Dawg Days PRIOR to the program, 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 for additional information.**