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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Questions about registering for Orientation
1. How do I register for Orientation?

Beginning in February, 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 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 on when you will receive information 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.

3. Is orientation happening online this summer? 

Yes! Orientation has shifted online for the summer of 2020 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 Online Orientation will start June 22nd, 2020.

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 welcome week activities, 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 summer 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 summer in a virtual platform. Students will complete the orientation modules and then be given a link to sign up for advising.

9. Why won’t the UHS Health Insurance Waiver Form let me waive the requirement?

Since the State of Maryland  has not approved the rates for the health insurance for the coming year Aetna can not open the web site and waiver process.  Students can still waive the health insurance by emailing a copy of the front/back of their health insurance card to
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 at this time, you may do so by emailing with your change!

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.