Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Questions about registering for Orientation

1. How do I register for Orientation?

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 in-person orientation date and virtual advising 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 do not receive this email, please check your SPAM folder.

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. If you do not receive this email, please check your SPAM folder. You will receive two other reminder emails, one approximately one week before your in-person date and the other a couple of days before your in-person date with more details (check-in location, parking details, etc.).

3. When will I be able to access the orientation modules? 

Access to the Online Orientation Modules as well as instructions on completing them are included in your orientation registration confirmation email. You can log in to the modules with your myUMBC credentials and start completing them as soon as you submit your orientation reservation!

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

Academic advising and class registration will happen after your on-campus orientation day virtually via Webex Meetings. Students will select their virtual advising appointment during their Orientation registration.

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.