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Get connected to UMBC before your first year begins! 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.

2. DAWG DAYS: Expedition

Dawg Days: Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night experience that allows a small group of first-year students to embark on a weekend of team building, high ropes, and outdoor adventure activities.

3. DAWG DAYS: Transfer Experience

This program is designed for incoming Transfer students to get to know each other and explore Baltimore in a fun and relaxed setting.

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. This is a great opportunity to meet other incoming UMBC students and make new friends.


How Do I Register for a Dawg Days program?!

Students must register through the online Orientation reservation system. To register, just log back into the Orientation reservation system and select “Dawg Days” on the left-hand side! 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. Refund requests must be submitted via email to Refunds take 3-4 weeks to process and there is a $10 processing fee that will be deducted from the total fee.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

Yes! Financial assistance may be available for each of these programs. Please email Claire Eckenrode at for additional information.

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