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What are Dawg Days?

Dawg Day programs are designed to assist students with their transition to the UMBC community. All programs allow participants to meet other incoming students and connect with current campus leaders. Every Dawg Day program engages students in a variety of fun and dynamic activities!

We have FOUR Dawg Day programs for students to 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 day full of fun and dynamic activites 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, get your Campus ID, and connect to campus resources and leaders.

Dates: Tuesday, June 19 at 11am – Wednesday, June 20 at 5pm
Cost: $75 (includes all meals, lodging, transportation during program, and activities)
Who: Open to 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: Monday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (3 days/2 nights)
Cost: $250 (includes all meals, lodging, transportation, and activities)
Who: Open to incoming Freshmen
Where: Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, VA

Monday, July 23
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

Tuesday, July 24
8:30 a.m. – Wake up, Breakfast & Pack Bag Lunch
9:30 a.m. – Kayaking and/or Caving Activity
6:00 p.m. – Dinner in Lodge
7:30 p.m. – Campfire & Evening Activities

Wednesday, July 25
8:30 a.m. – Wake up, Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Depart for UMBC


3. DAWG DAYS: Transfer
Spend a day exploring some of the less-explored attractions of Baltimore, such as the eclectic American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM) and historic Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI)! This program is designed for incoming Transfer students to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9am-4pm
Cost: $40 (includes lunch, transportation, and activities)
Who: Open to incoming Transfer students


4. DAWG DAYS: Adventure
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 4, 2018 from 8am-5pm
Who: Incoming Residential Freshmen
Cost: $50 (includes lunch, transportation, and activities)

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


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