About Our Programs

We offer:

Dawg Days: Jumpstart is unique in that it is

  • designed to provide students with a jump start—you will begin your fall semester knowing more about UMBC than a typical first-year student. You can be a leader and assist others!!
  • structured to provide participants with on-going support throughout their first year. You will have a go-to person in the office of Academic Engagement and Transition Program (AETP) with whom you have already established a working relationship.
  • designed so you can participate as a residential student or as a commuter.
  • designed to help you learn your own personal academic success strategies.

The Discovery Scholars Living-Learning Community (LLC)

  • provides students with a common living experience and common course work.
  • provides students with a connection to upper-level students as mentors.
  • provides students with on-going support from staff in AETP.
  • combines academic and co-curricular opportunities that support students in making UMBC their home away from home.

Each of the courses in the First-Year Seminar (FYS) program is unique in its own way, but what is shared is the

  • small cohort experience. You, along with your faculty member and class participants, study a topic in a dynamic, small-group environment.
  • focus on learning by sharing knowledge and experience through writing, discussions, and presentations…key skills your faculty and employers require.
  • connection with faculty that can only happen in smaller classroom settings. They will get to know you well and can recommend you for all kinds of opportunities.

Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) seminars are unique in providing students with support around improving their academic success skills as they connect with all that UMBC has to offer. Students learn …

  • by engaging with knowledgeable staff from offices all over campus.
  • by getting to know an upper-level student who serves as a peer facilitator.
  • by engaging with UMBC services and opportunities.
  • more about themselves and they identify the study skills and habits that work for them. This is all about student success.

The New Student Book Experience (NSBE), initiated by Dr. Hrabowski, is unique in that the book selected each year

  • comes from texts nominated by faculty, staff and students.
  • includes a visit by the author.
  • provides students with an opportunity to participate in an essay contest…the top three essays receive monetary awards and are recognized on the AETP website. Plan to participate!

Transfer Seminars (TRS) are unique in that they

  • focus on information transfer students told us they needed.
  • were created at the request of transfer students.
  • have a focus on academic areas departments have identified as key to success in upper-level course work.
  • support transfer students in connecting quickly with their major department and moving forward with their academic and co-curricular planning to ensure strong preparation for the job market.