Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Questions about registering for Orientation

1. How do I register for Orientation?

Beginning in late November, incoming students can register for Orientation via the online orientation registration system. When you log into the registration system you will be able to select the virtual orientation session you wish to register for. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you register for a program, you will receive a detailed confirmation email that includes instructions concerning UMBC placement tests. If you have any questions, please email

2. How will I receive my Orientation confirmation details?

You will receive an email confirmation immediately after completing your online Orientation registration. The date you select is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation. Please be sure to “Submit” your registration in order to be confirmed.

3. Is orientation happening online this Winter? 

Yes! Orientation has shifted online for the Winter of 2021-2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Information regarding online orientation will be sent out to students, as well as posted on our orientation website.

4. When will the online-orientation website be available?

Access to the Online Orientation Modules as well as instructions on completing them will be sent out with your Orientation Confirmation Email.

5. Is there a fee for orientation?

Yes—there is a one-time orientation fee of $225 that you will submit along with your $200 enrollment deposit. This fee covers the cost of orientation and all materials students get from our office. If you have not already done so, log into myUMBC to accept your admission and pay your $425 enrollment deposit and orientation fee.

7. Do I still need to pay the orientation fee if Orientation is online? 

Yes, the orientation fee covers all of the services offered virtually throughout the Winter as well as any and all materials and items sent to you as a new Retriever.

8. How will I be advised and register for classes? 

Registration and advising will happen throughout the winter in a virtual medium. Students will complete the orientation modules and then be given a link to sign up for advising on the last slide of those modules.

Questions about Advising and Majors

1. What if I have changed my mind about my major since I filled out my UMBC application?

If you would like to change your major, you will be able to enter the major you wish to pursue during your orientation registration. Then, when you meet with your advisor they will work with you to complete the change of major form and update your major on your official UMBC record. Please keep in mind that some majors will need further review or permissions and you will be able to have that discussion with your advisor to choose the best course of action.

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

When will I receive information about living on campus?
Incoming students – 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 website.