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While orientation is not mandatory, we encourage each newly admitted student to attend. At orientation we cover a wide berth of topics ranging from basic services like obtaining a parking permit to broad advice on how to succeed in your Master’s and Ph.D. programs here at UMBC. During orientation you’ll have the opportunity to get acquainted with Graduate School Staff, including the Dean of the Graduate School. Also at orientation will be new students like you, with whom you can connect and begin to develop lasting networks and relationships. Food is served throughout orientation with vegan and vegetarian options available.

Just remember, in the summer it’s hot and in the winter it’s not so be sure to bring your sun-glasses or snow-shoes for campus tours, business cards to give your new friends, and a ready open mind as you are welcomed to the Graduate School at UMBC.

If you can’t make it to our on-campus orientation, check out our Online Orientation

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Spring Semester

Orientation programs are offered each January and August for graduate students entering UMBC in the upcoming semester. Orientation for the Spring 2020 semester will be held on January 16, 2020. Register here!

Shady Grove students will receive information on orientation in Rockville. Please email with any questions regarding UMBC-Shady Grove orientations.

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International Students

The Office of International Education Services also sponsors a separate orientation specifically for new international students.

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Departmental Orientations

Please contact your department directly to learn if they are hosting a program-specific orientation.

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