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Freshman Schedule

Sample Schedule

An official copy of the schedule will be distributed at check-in with the most up-to-date times and room locations. Check in will take place at the University Center.

7:45 a.m. Welcome and Continental Breakfast
Get your Campus ID picture taken on the first floor of the University Center, and then join us for a light breakfast before the program begins.

8:30 a.m. Welcome to UMBC!
Join our faculty, staff, and students as we welcome you to the UMBC community.

9:00 a.m. UMBC Traditions with your Orientation Peer Advisor
Did you know rubbing True Grit’s nose will bring you good luck? Let your Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA) lead you through the many traditions at UMBC as you learn more about our campus, your student leaders, and other new students in your group!

10:00 a.m. ENRL 101: Preparing to Enroll
As an Honors University, UMBC offers students a strong liberal arts foundation. Academic advisors will discuss the value and significance of the general education requirements. Learn more about the role of your academic advisor and important advising tools available through myUMBC.

11:00 a.m. Advising and Registration
Advising is perhaps one of the most important resources and tools to ensure your academic success. During this session, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your interests and goals, develop a course schedule, and register online for your first semester of classes!

12:15 p.m. Lunch
Explore the all-you-care-to-eat options and meet students from other groups!

1:00 p.m. UNIV 101: An Introduction to the Honors University
What does it mean to be a student at an honors university? Hear what our professors and OPAs rate as the best strategies for assuring your spot on the Dean’s list. Faculty will demonstrate innovative ways they are engaging students at UMBC including Blackboard communities, chats, and discussion boards.

1:45 p.m. UNIV 102: Academic Resources, Housing, and Campus Involvement
Sessions Include:

  • Student Success during the First Year.
  • Bridging Campus and Community: How You Can Become The Next Change Agent.
  • Living On-Campus with Residence Life.
  • Living Off-Campus with Off-Campus Student Services.
  • Campus Involvement with the Office of Student Life.

3:05 p.m. Community Expectations with your Orientation Peer Advisor
Reconnect with your small group and your OPA to review the breakout sessions and discuss UMBC’s community standards.

3:45 p.m. UNIV 103: Campus Services or Career Success
Choose from:
– Panel of Dining, Parking, and Transit Services.
– Jumpstart your Future at the Career Center.

4:10 p.m. Financial Smarts
Financial decisions matter! Student Business Services and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships discuss tools and strategies to help you navigate financial affairs with ease.

4:30 p.m. Retriever Roundup
Reconnect with family and friends and meet other members of the UMBC community. Be sure to get Retriever Ready by picking up your Fight Song Shirt and learning more about Welcome Week. Light refreshments will be served.