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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Questions about registering for Orientation

1. How do I register for Orientation?
Beginning in March, incoming students can register for Orientation and Placement Testing via the online orientation registration system.  When you log into the registration system, you will be able to select an Orientation date. 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 for how to complete the UMBC placement tests. If you have any questions, please call 410-455-3244.

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. 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 in the online registration system. 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 410-455-3244.

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 first 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 system to make a change to your Orientation date up until three days before your scheduled program. Beyond that date, if there is an emergency requiring that you reschedule your Orientation, please call 410-455-3244. 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 $225 that you will submit along with your $200 enrollment deposit. This fee covers the cost of orientation and welcome week activities, materials, and food. If you have not already done so, log into myUMBC to accept your admission and pay your $425 enrollment deposit and orientation fee.

Questions about the Orientation Program

1. What are the dates for Orientation?
All of our Orientation dates are listed on the home page of this site, in the right-hand column. The time at which the program starts varies by date. Please view the home page for more details and also refer to your confirmation email and letter once you have registered.

2. Can my family members can attend orientation with me?
Yes. There is a special Family Orientation program held in conjunction with all full-day Orientation programs. Please include your family members’ information in the “guests” section of the online orientation reservation form or call 410-455-3244 to let us know who will be attending.

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

4. 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 (via mail and email). There will be signs on campus to direct you or you may refer to the UMBC campus map. The University Center is about a 10-minute walk from the Stadium Lot. Please call 410-455-3244 if you need further accommodations. Check-in for Orientation is located in the University Center Plaza.

5. 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 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 right before and continues into the start of the semester. 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. Check out the Welcome Week website for all the details!

2. When will I receive information about living on campus?
Freshmen – 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.

Transfer Students – 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 website.