Welcome to AETP!

Through Academic Engagement & Transition Programs, we provide academic and programmatic opportunities that serve all new students in their first year at UMBC and beyond.

AETP Initiatives Include:

  • Academic Transition Courses (UNIV Seminar Series: 101, 102, 201, & 301)
  • First-Year Seminars (FYS)
  • Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)
  • Summer and Winter Bridge Programs

        Additional Initiatives Include:

Four students signing "UMBC" in American Sign Language
Carleigh Mayo, Dongli Deng, and Rachel Backert, and Resident Assistant Manpreet Suri spelling “UMBC” using the American Sign Language alphabet.

American Sign Language

Sign language promotes communication with the Deaf Community. Completing up to ASL201 is just one option to fulfill UMBC’s Foreign Language GEP requirement.

Three instructors posing with the dean
Recipients of the Diane Lee Teaching Award, Dr. Jamie Gurganus, Dr. Jonathan Zwi, and Professor Mark Berczynski standing with Diane Lee.

The Diane Lee Teaching Award

This award was created to support and recognize instructional faculty and staff for their work with students during their year of transition to UMBC.

A graphic map of Baltimore, shaped like a butterfly
Fall 2023 selection was The Black Butterfly—Lawrence T. Brown reveals that ongoing historical trauma that is the root of uprisings and crises in cities around the country.

Community Read

The Community Read is a program that allows everyone to come together to examine key issues in our global and local communities. Our pick for the Fall 2024 selection will be revealed soon.

Two students working together on an assignment in the college library
All members of the UMBC community are expected to make a commitment to academic honesty in their own actions and with others.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a vital ethical commitment by all members of the UMBC community, where each member’s academic work and behaviors are held to the highest standards of honesty.

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